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Ibanez IC500 Iceman Electric Guitar

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The Ibanez IC500 Iceman Electric Guitar is a bold statement with all the right stuff to make it your go-to guitar. In addition to its Mahogany body dressed in glossy finish and a contrasting binding, this version of the Ibanez original also boasts gleaming pearl block inlays on its bound Rosewood fretboard. The IC500 Iceman guitar’s set-in neck assures powerful sustain, and the medium frets are preferred by players who like a little more flesh-to-fingerboard feel.

Some players would say an Iceman wouldn’t be an Iceman without the DiMarzio D Activators, and the Ibanez IC500 sports ‘em proudly. DiMarzio has continued to tweak these classic pups through the years - expect the biggest, brightest openly harmonic actives imaginable.

Product Specifications
Ibanez IC500 Iceman Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Neck: Set-in neck
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Frets: Medium
  • Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
  • Inlays: Pearl blocks
  • Bridge: Gibraltar Standard
  • Neck Pickup: DiMarzio D Activator
  • Bridge Pickup: DiMarzio D Activator
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  215-638-8670 Warranty:  Electric Guitars & Basses: 1 Year.
Acoustic Guitars: Limited Lifetime (1 year on electronics & tuners).
Amplifiers: 5 Years (1 year on speakers)
Pedals: 5 Years
PM from Atlanta, GA
Overall Rating
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What is your overall opinion of this product?
Take my review with a grain of salt. I bought this guitar for a specific project and realized my vision fully with this Iceman, but I played it stock for very little time before sending it out for extensive mods. I did not particularly care for the tone of the DiMarzio D-Activators, but I swap pickups out of almost everything I buy immediately. I replaced them with Seymour Duncan Invaders and I've had it back for a short time but it was a great decision so far.
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
One of my biggest issues with this guitar is the "Made in China" label. Right out of the box I noticed the string ferrules on the back of the body were in a slightly wavering line. A couple other tiny, nit-picky blurbs with fret ends and binding that QC could have caught but otherwise a nice feeling playing and solid ax
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
I have giant meathook hands and this neck feels REALLY great to me. It's not your standard wizard neck, it's got a little girth to it. The scale length feels good over the 24 fret neck. I had a couple small issues with the fretwork out of the box, but the luthier installed a new bone nut and did a setup and fret dress and now it's butter. I think if you can put this guitar in the hands of a qualified pro for setup and an all around checkup you'll be really satisfied with that money spent. I really like the knobs. In the course of the project I was going to upgrade them but when I unboxed the guitar I thought they were really cool and unique so they stayed. Tuners seem to be solid with a good feel so I kept them. Man the neck heel on this guitar is awesome. It's a really nice transition and I typically don't go high enough on the neck to even notice it, but this one is really nice.
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
My tone is incredible, but I did not think it was right out of the box, mainly due to my preference trending away from the stock pickups. During the course of the upgrades all the pots and switch and jack were replaced with upgrades, but the pots out of the box felt nice tight and smooth, the switch was fine, no real noise or any indication of poor wiring, and the control layout was adequate, though I changed mine around to suit my taste.
How did the stain or paint job look?
Finish is fine. I got the white with the black binding and no blemishes have stuck out to me in either the paint or the clearcoat. I have to say this, though. Everything on this guitar is black or white. How did a rosewood fingerboard get spec'd over ebony? I mean, I know it's a little cheaper but come on. It's a mahogany guitar so it's not too bright...that's my only complaint with the look, but it's not like it's hidden or anything.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
The value *for me* was exceptional. As a platform for a project guitar this Ibanez really helped me accomplish my vision and I have a distinct, unique and incredible guitar for a fraction of what I could have paid. If you're looking to remove something from the box and go straight to the stage, your money would be better spent elsewhere unless you have VERY specific needs.
How was the action out of the box?
The guitar was pretty playable right out of the crate and tuned up, but after it came back from a setup and fret dress it is fantastic, and the only mod I made in the string path was a different (bone) nut. I really like the bridge, and it resonates well. It was just a little buzzy out of the box, but there's your *made in china* peeking through.
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