Ibanez has revived and revamped the Iron Label line, launching three new guitars and two new basses.
The new instruments all come fitted with a stripped-back set of features, aimed at creating crushing metal and little else. Their aesthetic is, of course, mainly sleek satin black, and the new guitars include two X-series models – some of the pointiest instruments Ibanez makes.
The brand has also given the series’ branding a do-over, with a new logo that pays tribute to the extreme metal the guitars are aimed at. The new Iron Label has clearly had a lot of design work put in, so to give it justice it’s reproduced in full below.
While the guitars all offer a variety of features, each one comes finished in satin black, with a matte grey logo on their headstock and black hardware, down to the pickup covers.
XPTB620 and XPTB720
This X-series guitar comes in both a six- and seven-string version, with very little variation between the two. Both offer an Edge-Zero II vibrato bridge, Ibanez’ own version of a floating double-locking tremolo, as well as a pair of DiMarzio D-Activator pickups. These are passive humbuckers, featuring ceramic magnets for an aggressive attack.
Construction in both cases is an okoume body, with a five-piece wizard-profile through neck, ebony fretboard and 24 jumbo frets. Both the six- and seven- string versions bear a 25.5-inch scale length.
This extra-heavy version of the Iceman comes with seven strings, an ebony fretboard with 24 frets and the same okoume body and five-piece wizard through neck as the X-series Iron Label models. Again, there’s a pair of DiMarzio D-Activator pickups, but no double-locking tremolo this time. Instead there’s a Mono-Rail hardtail string-through bridge.
This single-scale five-string bass bears two passive Bartolini BH2 pickups, as well as 24 stainless steel frets set in an ebonol fretboard. Construction includes a five-piece maple and walnut neck running through an okoume body. The bass’ scale length is a consistent 35 inches.
Electronics include a three-way selector to adjust the behaviour of the mid-boost and cut knob, selecting three different frequency bands. There’s also a pickup balance knob, a master volume and treble/bass boost/cut knobs.
This five-string multi-scale bears similar construction to the above, with a five-piece maple and walnut running through an okoume body, topped with an ebonol fretboard and 24 frets. Electronics are also the same as the BTB625EX, with the addition of a switch to bypass the EQ section.
Prices for the new Iron Label guitars are yet to be revealed. Find out more at ibanez.com.