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Ibanez Iron label ARZ Series ARZIR28 8-String Electric Guitar

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Iron Label, the Ibanez made-for-metal series, continues its thunderous offensive on the metal guitar market as its single-cutaway down-tunable wonder...Click To Read More About This Product

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The next logical step for the advancing metal guitarist.

Iron Label, the Ibanez made-for-metal series, continues its thunderous offensive on the metal guitar market as its single-cutaway down-tunable wonder, the ARZ, joins the Iron Label. The ARZ series features a sleek, single cutaway design and 24-fret, ultra-comfort set-in neck with smooth heel, designed for metal music.

With its longer 25 scale length, the ARZ Series was developed for down tuning, and a natural for the Iron Label treatment. As the leader in 7-string guitar development, maximizing the sonic gravitas of the ARZ Series with an 8th string was purely a matter of simple evolution for Ibanez.

The ARZIR28 features 5-piece mahogany/walnut ARZ-8 set-in neck, mahogany body, medium frets, and the Full Tune III bridge for superior intonation and sustain. Electronics include two EMG 808 pickups, specifically designed to beef up the low F while providing a more responsive, super-tight overall sound.

The ARZIR28's high gloss finish, bound rosewood fingerboard, pearl/abalone block inlay, and Cosmo Black hardware, take the Iron Label series to a new level with a style of classic elegance. Case sold separately.

  • Black finish
  • 27" scale 5-piece mahogany/walnut "ARZ-8" set-in neck with smooth heel
  • Mahogany body
  • Bound rosewood fingerboard
  • Abalone/acrylic block inlay
  • Medium frets
  • EMG 808 neck pickup
  • EMG 808 bridge pickup
  • Full Tune III bridge
  • Cosmo black hardware
  • Factory tuning: 1D#, 2A#, 3F#, 4C#, 5G#, 6D#, 7A#, 8F
  • Case sold separately

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fits 105! recommend custom pro setup.

By DJ Karl

from Tulsa, OK

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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics


  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Ibanez Iron label ARZ Series ARZIR28 8-String Electric Guitar:

the craftsmanship is outstanding in my opinion, although I'm not an expert. the frets don't stick out on the sides or anything. I was skeptical because this guitar is made in China, but after some research and buying the guitar, it is true that things are much different with Chinese guitars now than when I worked in the music retail business 15 years ago. There are A LOT of guitars made in China now, and many by reputable brands. Anyway, I bought this as kind of a demo/backup/prototype to eventually purchasing a custom 8-string as I have never owned one before. I really think for most players, a 7-string will do what you want too, and if you are cool with the headaches of retuning, just simply drop it to a low G (or F if your whole guitar is down a whole step). The 8 string is a weird beast. Ive found that tuning that low string, even with a .100 on the 8th just doesn't sound that great tuned to D or even E with the rest of the guitar. Keep in mind that if you do want to put an 85-105 string on this guitar, you may need to purchase a short-scaled bass string set. (?) I would strongly recommend you get an 8-string with a REVERSE HEADSTOCK so you don't have problems with having too much winding to do as a 65 will fit entirely through the tuning peg and can be trimmed accordingly, but an 85+ will NOT fit through the tuning peg except for the length of the tapering, and thus you end up with too much string length stretched over too short a distance between the bridge and the peg at the headstock. You would think E would work great, but I just find it too muddy to combine with the rest of the instrument. I've really liked tuning F-G(Bb?)-D-G-C-F-A-D for a dropped whole step tuning. take everything up a whole step for standard tuning. Consult a professional guitar luthier. There are different ways to tune this, but like I said, the low C-E range on this doesn't work well for the rest of the guitar. Get a dedicated bass player if you want to go that low. LOL

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