Ibanez is revamping their classic Iron Label series and they’re making it pretty focused on metal. Along with the new Iron Label series comes the re-introduction of two extremely metal guitars, the Iceman and the Xiphos.
“Not only does this new lineup represent a brand new beginning for Iron Label, but it also brings with it the long awaited return of two Ibanez fan favorites: the iconic Iceman, and the much request Xiphos,” said the brand on social media. Both guitars signify the commitment of Ibanez to the metal genres, and we could choose no more fitting a return for these two, heralded guitars than the newly revamped Iron Label series.”
Ibanez released a second statement about the new Iron Label series on YouTube, further driving home that they’re basically for metal only in both look and tone. Which I guess they made clear right up front with that extremely black metal logo.
“The Iron Label line was originally developed with metal and nothing but metal in mind. We modded and tweaked until we got to the heaviest-hitting metal axes we’ve ever built. They’re purposefully spartan, and you won’t find a feature here that doesn’t contribute directly to a bone rattling, earth shattering tones these guitars pump out.
“Carrying forward that same philosophy, the next generation of Iron Label guitars take this raw metal energy to a completely new level. They sport totally blacked out looks, and their supercharged electronics amounting to some of the heaviest-swinging metal axes we’ve ever produced.”
The Ibanez Iceman features an okoume body, 5-piece Wizard II-7 neck and 24-fret ebony fingerboard, a set of DiMarzio D Activator-7 humbuckers, and a Mono-rail bridge and Gotoh MG-T locking tuning machine. The Ibanez Iceman is only available in a seven-string configuration and retails for $1,299.99 here.
Then there’s all new Ibanez Xiphos, which features okoume body, 5-piece Wizard II-7 neck and 24-fret ebony fingerboard, a set of DiMarzio D Activator humbuckers, and a Mono-rail bridge and Edge-Zero II-7 tremolo. The six string version of the Ibanez Xiphos goes for $1,299.99 here and the seven string for $1,399.99 here.