Ibanez Xpt700 Xiphos Electric Guitar Reviews
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Ibanez Xiphos XPT700: A Metalhead's Dream Come True

Aug 24, 2008 (Updated Aug 24, 2008)
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Pros:Great sound, looks and price for metal guys

Cons:Metal guys only

The Bottom Line: The Ibanez Xiphos XPT700 is a terrific mid-range priced guitar for the metal market. It looks and sounds great and is an excellent value.

The Ibanez Xiphos XPT700 guitar was designed from the ground-up to appeal to the needs of modern metal players. These needs extend to both sound and looks: Sound, because you need metal sounds to play metal music; Looks, because a metal player has to have a guitar that makes him look like he’s a metal player. (Hence, we see that vanity extends its glorious tentacles to the metal as well as the fashion world.)

The Xiphos delivers in spades. It’s sound is a vicious metal monster, with highly articulated, punchy notes and excellent sustain. Needless to say, it’s also incredibly fast up and down the neck. Lookswise, the guitar screams metal, with a lightweight reverse-X body that won’t throw you off balance when you’re spinning your head or jumping to avoid switchblades and broken bottles thrown from the crowd.

So what does the thing have? Ibanez provided a mahogany body and neck-through Wizard II design for extra sustain and deeper bass notes. The offset-X body looks clumsy but is well balanced and very comfortable for performance but it is the opinion of this long-time Strat player that it is not designed for practice. The extended point on the lower body allows for excellent access to all frets.

All of the accouterments are designed for speed. The bound rosewood fretboard and thin 25 ˝” neck allow for very fast runs over the 24 jumbo frets. The bridge is set close to the body, allowing for low action and faster speed. The double-lock tremolo will let you dive bomb to your heart’s content.

A highlight is the Xiphos’s specially designed DiMarzio D Activator humbuckers, one in the neck and one in the bridge. These are passive pickups intended to sound like active pickups but without the sterility sometimes associated with actives. They use coils tuned to different frequencies and respond quickly to different pick attack. The bridge pickup is about 25% louder than the neck but the volumes are adjusted to balance them out and there won’t be a drop off in volume when you switch from the bridge to the neck.

In sum, this guitar looks, feels and screams metal. I’m not a metal guy, but if I was going to buy a moderately priced ($700 street) metal guitar, this would be it. Besides the speed and easy of play, through a Mesa amp this guitar delivers great thumping bottoms and crisp highs. You’ll get some OK clean sounds if you dial back on the amp and guitar volume but that’s not why you’re buying this guitar. It responds wonderfully to changes in pick attack. Articulation is superb. It’s fun to play and sounds terrific. And the price is right.

So who should buy this guitar? Metal players looking for a metal guitar under $1000 that they need for performance. It’s got the looks and the sound. It’s really unsuitable to other types of play. I don’t much care for it as a practice instrument, either, but opinions may vary.

The Xiphos is a mass market, moderately priced instrument so don’t expect much in the area of collectible value, unless Ibanez suddenly cancels the line.

By the way, a "xiphos" is a double-edged sword used by ancient Greek hoplites as a secondary weapon to the spear. I looked it up on Wikipedia so it must be true.

Neck: 5pc Wizard II thru-neck
Neck Type: Wizard II (neck-thru)
Body: Mahogany body
Frets: Jumbo frets
Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
Inlay: Reversed Sharktooth inlay
Bridge: Edge III bridge
NeckPU: DiMarzioŽ D Activator™ neck pu
BridgePU: DiMarzioŽ D Activator™ bridge pu
HW Color: CK


Here are my other guitar reviews:

Epiphone Slash Les Paul Standard Plus Top
Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom
Epiphone Les Paul Standard
Epiphone G-400 SG
Fender Classic 50s Esquire
Fender Cyclone
Fender 62 Jaguar
Fender VG Stratocaster
Fender American HSS Stratocaster
Fender Standard HSS Stratocaster
Fender John Mayer Stratocaster
Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster
Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster
Fender 57 Stratocaster Reissue
Fender 50s Telecaster
G&L Legacy Strat
Gibson ES-5
Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster
Gibson ES-165 Herb Ellis
Gibson ES-175
Gibson ES-333 Memphis Style Hollow Body
Gibson ES-335
Gibson ES-335 1959 Reissue
Gibson ES-350T
Gibson ES-350T
Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom
Gibson Les Paul GT
Gibson Les Paul 1957 Goldtop
Gibson Les Paul Studio
Gibson Les Paul Robot Guitar
Gibson Les Paul Classic Ebony
Gibson SG 61 Reissue
Gibson Super 400
Gretsch Electromatic G5120 Hollow Body
Gretsch White Falcon II
Ibanez Artcore AS73 Semi-Hollow Body
Joe Satriani JS 1000 Solid Body Guitar
Ibanez Steve Vai Jem7
Ibanez Xiphos XPT700
Martin D-28 Acoustic
Ovation VXT Acoustic Electric
PRS McCarty
PRS Single Cut
PRS Santana SE
Schechter Diamond C 1
Variax 700 Acoustic

Other amp reviews from buffoonery:

Crate Acoustic CA30
Crate Power BlockFender Blues Deluxe Reissue
Fender Cyber Twin
Fender DSP 65
Fender 64 Vibroverb Custom Blackface
Fender Super Sonic 1x12 Combo
Fender MH 500 Metalhead
Hughes and Kettner Switchblade 50 Combo
Line 6 Spider II Head
Line 6 Flextone III Plus
Line 6 Vetta II Combo
Line 6 Spider III 75
Line 6 Spider Valve 2x12 Combo
Marshall 1974X 1x12 Combo
Marshall Super 100 JH
Mesa 5:25 Express
Mesa Stiletto Ace
Mesa 5:50 Express
Mesa Dual Rectifier Roadster
Mesa Stiletto Deuce
Mesa Triple Rectifier Head
Mesa Lone Star Combo
Peavey JSX Joe Satriani Signature Head
Peavey Classic 30 Combo
Peavey Triple XXX Head
Peavey Penta Head
Roland Micro Cube
Roland Micro Cube RX
Vox Valvetronix AD60VT
Vox AD50VT-XL 50 2x12 combo

My effects and stomp box reviews:

Boss AC-3 Acoustic Guitar Simulator
Boss BD-2 Distortion Pedal
Boss ME-20 Guitar Multiple Effects Processor
Boss GT-8 Multi-Effects Processor
Boss GT-10 Multi-Effects Processor
Boss ME-50 Multi-Effects Processor
Digitech RP50 Guitar Effects Processor
Digitech RP80 Guitar Effects Processor
Digitech Brian May Red Special Overdrive Pedal
Line 6 POD X3 Guitar Multi-Effects Board

And you may also be interested in a few books such as:

Hugo Pinksterboer – Tipbook Amplifiers and Effects
Ritchie Fliegler – Amps: The Other Half of Rock and Roll
Michael Ross – Getting Great Guitar Sounds: A Non-Technical Approach to Shaping Your Personal Sound
Nick Freeth – Classic Guitars: Identification and Price Guide

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