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.
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.
- Compact and lightweight yet resonant nyatoh body
- Wizard C 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
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.
Wizard C 3-piece roasted maple/bubinga neck
To meet the demands of various playing styles, this Wizard C neck has a very neutral shape: it's not too thick, too thin or too flat. The 3-piece roasted maple/bubinga construction also offers great stability and long-term durability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.