A highlight of every NAMM show is the announcement from Ibanez about its new models for the year – and in 2021 the Japanese maker did not disappoint. Even though this year’s show is virtual, Ibanez has gone to town, with a slew of new models on offer with some incredible finishes and top-of-the-line specs. Here are our favourites from the new line-up.
Ibanez NAMM 2021 releases
With new RG models, the arch-topped, solid-bodied RGA and the extra-contoured RGD series models – along with new finishes and some very fine looking Axiom Label models on offer – Ibanez has really made an effort this year. Even by Ibanez standards this is a big deal, with a shedload of new models. Of these I’ve picked five models I think stand out from the list – check out the core specs below.
Axion Label RG631ALF in Blue Chameleon
This new Axion Label RG631ALF in Blue Chameleon brings the classic RG model kicking and screaming into the modern world.
- Nitro Wizard five-piece panga panga/walnut neck
- Nyatoh body in RG shape
- Fishman Fluence Modern Humbuckers
- Macassar ebony fretboard
- 24 Jumbo Sub Zero frets
RGD61ALA Axion Label in Midnight Tropical Rainforest
A beautiful modern guitar, I think, with some great hardware choices: the new RGD61ALA Axion Label in Midnight Tropical Rainforest is one of my personal favourites of the new releases from Ibanez this year.
- Nitro Wizard five-piece Panga Panga/Walnut neck
- Ash body
- Fishman Fluence Modern pickups
- Mono-rail bridge
RGA42HPQM in Blue Iceberg Gradation
The RGA42HPQM in Blue Iceberg Gradation looks stunning and has some great specifications for modern players.
- Nyatoh body with quilted maple top
- Wizard III roasted maple neck
- Jatoba fingerboard
- DiMarzio Fusion Edge pickups
- Ibanez F106 bridge
RGD71ALPA Axion Label in Charcoal Burst Black Stained Flat
This new 7-string RGD71ALPA Axion Label in a Charcoal Burst Black Stained Flat finish looks very impressive and has a specification to match.
- Nitro Wizard-7 panga panga neck
- Ash and Nyatoh body with Poplar Burl top
- 24 jumbo Sub Zero treated frets
- Bare Knuckle Aftermath-7 pickups
- Ibanez Mono-rail bridge
RGD7521PB in Deep Seafloor Fade Flat
This 7-string RGD7521PB comes in a Deep Seafloor Fade Flat finish.
- DiMarzio PAF 7 humbuckers
- Nyatoh body with a Poplar Burl top
- Wizard II-7 Roasted Maple neck
- Jatoba fretboard
- Ibanez Gibraltar Standard II-7 bridge
And there’s more…
You can follow the link below to see the full list of new models for 2021. I think we may yet see some more signature models from the brand, so keep an eye out next week during the Virtual NAMM Show online announcements.
Check them out and tell us which ones are your favourites from this years new models.
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