Ibanez QX52 Q Standard Electric Guitar - Black Flat


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Ibanez Quest Series Headless Electric Guitar with Slanted Frets, Roasted Birdseye Maple Fretboard, Q58 Humbucking Pickups and Dyna Mix 10 Pickup Switching System in Black Flat Finish

With new developments in instrument technology, the prominence of more technical playing styles and players' desire for lighter, more portable instruments, today's headless guitars are pushing far beyond designs of the past. Even with all these advancements, Ibanez still saw an exciting opportunity in this space.

The Q or Quest series is an entirely new concept for Ibanez. The 'quest' in this case was not just to adapt an existing instrument into a headless design but to develop an entirely new guitar from the ground up. This range features a number of unique elements intended to maximize tone, performance and playing comfort, including custom designed Q58 humbucker pickups, a new Mono Tune bridge and a proprietary custom string locking mechanism. The QX subseries is also equipped with innovative 8° inward-slanted frets, uniquely tailoring their ergonomics to the benefit of highly technical players.

Ultimately, this series offers a diverse and versatile enough feature set to attract not only the modern, technical guitarist but also players who may have never considered a headless guitar before. Regardless of genre, Ibanez Q series allows guitarists of every background to explore the full scope of their creative possibilities.

  • Slanted frets
  • Compact and lightweight yet resonant nyatoh body
  • Parallel Wizard 3-piece roasted maple/bubinga neck
  • Roasted birdseye maple fretboard
  • Jescar Evo Gold frets
  • Q58 H-H pickups
  • Custom string lock
  • Mono Tune bridge
  • Dyna Mix 10 switching system with Alter switch
  • Luminescent side dots
  • Gig bag included
detail top view of Ibanez QX52 showing portion of fingerboard with slanted frets

Slanted frets
All of the frets are equally slanted at an 8° angle. Many contemporary players tend to favor a much higher playing positon to execute highly technical and intricate techniques like tapping, finger style and even occasional bass-inspired slap riffs; this higher position results in the four fretting fingers naturally tilting slightly inwards. The 8° inward tilt of QX frets perfectly accommodates this and offers a more natural feeling and comfortably playing guitar.

close-up perspective view of Ibanez QX52 showing top and right side of body and portion of fingerboard

Ergonomic, compact and lightweight yet resonant nyatoh body
The Q body design features a number of strategically placed curves on both the top and back of the instrument. This complex yet sophisticated design provides maximum playing comfort. While it is really compact and lightweight, its non-chambered solid body provides great sound with rich woody tones. Nyatoh used as the body wood provides a rich mid/low end.

close-up perspective view of Ibanez QX52 showing top and right side of body and portion of fingerboard
detail back image of Ibanez QX53 showing neck

Parallel Wizard 3-piece roasted maple/bubinga neck
The Parallel Wizard neck is 19mm thick all the way through its entire length. It provides an amazing fretting hand experience for players who prefer their instrument held in a higher playing position. The 3-piece roasted maple/bubinga construction also offers great stability and long-term durability.

detail top view of Ibanez QX53 showing fingerboard

Roasted birdseye maple fretboard with Jescar Evo Gold frets
The beautiful birdseye maple fretboard imbues this guitar with an exotic appearance. The fretboard is heat treated for a balanced attack and rich sustain. Jescar Evo Gold frets are known for their bright tone, gorgeous appearance and excellent features such as long-lasting durability and smooth note bending.

detail top view of Ibanez QX53 showing fingerboard
detail image of Ibanez QX53 showing Q58 pickups

Q58 H-H pickups
Q58 pickups are designed specifically for use in headless guitars. They provide a clearly defined sound, facilitating excellent tonal balance through all frequencies. The lows are powerful without being muddy and the highs are bright and clear but never harsh. As a result, every single note within the chord structure is well defined and clearly audible.

detail image of Ibanez QX52 showing string locking mechanism

Custom string lock
This custom string lock is one-piece unit that features very simple construction. This means the hardware requires less maintenance, is highly durable and allows for easy string changes. No proprietary string is required, so you can continue to use your favorite gauge and brand.

detail image of Ibanez QX52 showing string locking mechanism
detail image of Ibanez QX52 showing Mono Tune bridge

Mono Tune bridge
Mono Tune bridges offer a wide intonation range so that you can easily set the instrument up for tuning down a whole step or even further. The string height is easily adjustable and each saddle generally has less material, which leads to more natural and organic tone.

detail top view of Ibanez QX52 showing Dyna-Mix 10 pickup switching system controls including Alter mini switch

Dyna-Mix 10 switching system with Alter switch
Dyna-Mix 10 offers ten sound variations and can easily switch from humbucker and single-coil modes with the Alter mini switch. Power tap mode provides a realistic single-coil sound despite its two-humbucker pickup layout.

detail top view of Ibanez QX52 showing Dyna-Mix 10 pickup switching system controls including Alter mini switch
top view of Ibanez gig bag included with QX52

Gig bag included
Ibanez gig bags are made out of durable materials.

More Information
Manufacturer Ibanez
Condition New
Included from Manufacturer Ibanez QGB gig bag
D'Addario EXL110 strings (.010–.046 gauges)
Electric Body Style Q
Number of Strings 6-Strings
Right/Left Handed Right
Body Material Alder
Neck Maple/Bubinga
Fingerboard Maple
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.65"
Nut Material Plastic
Number of Frets 24
Fingerboard Radius 20"
Bridge Ibanez Mono Tune
Vibrato/Tremolo Bridge No
Pickups Ibanez Q58
Pickup Configuration HH
Pickup Switching 5-way lever switch
Dyna Mix 10 switching system with Alter mini switch for coil tapping
Controls Volume knob
Tone knob
Finish Satin polyurethane
Black Flat
Hardware Finish Cosmo Black
Unique Features Jescar Evo Gold slanted frets
Luminescent side dots
Mother of pearl offset dot inlays

Ibanez Electric Guitars and Basses Limited Warranty

Ibanez Electric Guitars and Basses sold in the United States are warranted by Hoshino USA. Please note that this information is only for Ibanez electric guitars and basses sold by authorized dealers in the United States.

Please return your completed Ibanez Warranty Card within 10 days of purchase to ensure proper owner registration of your guitar. This Ibanez Electric guitar ('Instrument') is warranted to be free from defects in materials and workmanship to the original owner, subject to all the following terms and conditions.

The Warranty provided herein is for a period of one (1) year from the date of the original retail purchase.

This Warranty is given by Hoshino (U.S.A.) Inc., 1726 Winchester Rd., Bensalem, Pennsylvania 19020 ('Hoshino') only to the original purchaser of this Instrument. Hoshino will repair or replace any part or parts of the Instrument which may prove defective under normal use and service during the one(1) year Warranty Time Period stated above (which Hoshino’s examination shall disclose to its satisfaction to be thus defective. This Warranty does not apply unless you provide a copy of your original sales receipt.

This Warranty does not cover: (a) any non-factory-installed electrical/electronic components or tuning hardware; (b) damage or defects due to alteration, misuse, abuse, normal wear and tear, extremes of temperature or humidity or abnormal strain; (c) accidental or intentional damage; (d) damage in shipping; (e) the repair or replacement of expendable maintenance items including, but not limited to, strings, tuning machines, or scratched pickguards; (f) normal fret wear; (g) plating on metal parts; (h) cracking or other damage to the finish; (i) any damage from accessories (synthetic straps, etc.); (j) an Instrument whose serial number has been defaced; (k) tonal characteristics (tone is a subjective matter and is not warranted); or (l) any Instrument purchased from other than an authorized Ibanez dealer.

To obtain warranty service, the Instrument must be returned to Hoshino at its address listed above through an authorized Ibanez dealer. A return authorization number, to be obtained from Hoshino Customer Service Department, must be written in a conspicuous place on the outside of the return shipping carton or the return will be refused. When returning the Instrument for service under this Warranty, a copy of the sales receipt establishing proof and time of purchase must be sent along with the instrument. All freight and insurance must be prepaid by the original owner.

You must maintain this instrument, without alteration, negligent use, misuse or abuse. All service of this Instrument must be performed by Hoshino. Any service performed on this instrument by other than Hoshino, or not specifically authorized by Hoshino, will terminate this Warranty.

Hoshino’s sole and exclusive responsibility shall be as provided under this Warranty and, under no circumstances shall Hoshino be liable for any incidental or consequential damages. This limited warranty is your exclusive remedy and is made in lieu of all other warranties, express or implied; all implied warranties, including, without limitation, any implied warranty or merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, are hereby expressly limited in duration to the duration of this written warranty. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. No person, whether or not an agent, is authorized to make or assume any obligations other than those stated in this warranty.

Save your receipt! Ibanez cannot perform any Warranty Service without a copy of your original sales receipt. The registration of this Ibanez Guitar is important as it will allow Hoshino to keep you apprised of any improvements and / or upgrades made after your purchase.

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