Ibanez FR320 review

The FR320 is everything you would expect from a mid-range Ibanez solidbody electric, regardless of country of origin

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Guitar World Verdict

It is always a pleasure to encounter a guitar that so confidently navigates a road less traveled, as this one does in being a genuinely shred-ready utility instrument.


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    The Wizard III neck… ‘nuff said!

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    Ibanez CCR pickups have a nicely variable output

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    Hot Tele shape is very cool


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    I’m sorry, the pickguard is a little bit ugly

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One company more than any other has demonstrated the importance of premium R&D trickling down to inform the mid-range and eventually even the entry level. Considering that much of the cutting edge development in which Ibanez indulges is focused on pushing physical dimensions to the extreme, making the company the number one choice of 21st century shredders, rather than exotic materials or esoteric construction techniques, many of the premium features developed by the Ibanez boffins are easily transferred to lesser models when the time is right.

So it is with the Wizard neck. The ultra slim profile was the result of engineering undertaken during the mid-‘80s and focused on developing the Saber model, which would become the basis for the signature model of Aussie shredder Frank Gambale. If the Macbook Air was an ‘80s shred guitar, it would be the Ibanez Saber, which had a contoured body that tapered to an exceedingly thin edge. The Saber’s neck was the original Wizard profile with a 430mm radius and a thickness of only 17mm at the first fret.

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Peter Hodgson is a journalist, an award-winning shredder, an instructional columnist, a guitar teacher, a guitar repair guy, a dad and an extremely amateur barista. He runs a blog, I Heart Guitar, which allows him to publicly geek out over his obsessions. Peter is from Melbourne, Australia, where he writes for various magazines, including Guitar World.