Ibanez has two new guitars that deliver precisely what fans of its shredder models want. Made in Japan, the two new Genesis Collection RG565 models look spectacular in their bright finishes. Which would you buy, Emerald Green or Fluorescent Orange?
Ibanez RG565 Genesis Collection
I have a soft spot for RG guitars and the new Ibanez RG-565 Genesis Collection ticks all the boxes for me. Basswood bodies with bolt-on Super Wizard 5-piece maple/walnut neck and 24 jumbo frets on a maple fretboard: that’s pretty much a perfect modern guitar specification for me. These new models look great and I love the Emerald Green and Fluorescent Orange finish options. Matching colour dot fret markers is always a nice touch.
Pickups and Hardware
The new RG-565 models come factory fitted with an Ibanez Infinity ceramic blade-style humbucking pickup at the neck, paired with the V8 Alnico full-sized humbucker at the bridge. They’re wired to a single volume and tone control and a five-way blade switch. Thankfully, though, Ibanez is staying true to its formula here, including a proper Edge locking tremolo system with a set of Gotoh machine heads. In my humble opinion, that’s one of the best Floyd Rose-style locking trem systems on the planet. I love the way they feel and they just don’t go out of tune.
Made in Japan
I’m feeling very enthusiastic about these Genesis Collection Made in Japan models. In particular, I like these two colours! If the price is right, I could see them selling well. Ibanez has all the expertise needed to make very, very good guitars and the RG line has always been a huge seller for them. Not all the models made outside of Japan have been well received, though, when compared to the original ’80s Japanese models. Hopefully, these new ones will be “excellent!” – in a Bill and Ted shred kinda way.
RRP – TBC