Ibanez Q52 Headless, Laser Blue Matte
Ibanez Q52 Headless, Laser Blue Matte
Overview by GAK
The Ibanez Q52 is part of the revolutionary Q (short for Quest) series, a family of ergonomic, lightweight and high-performance headless guitars. Crafted using quality tonewoods and components, the Ibanez Q series is tailored towards players that prize excellent tone, impeccable performance and playing comfort. If you tend to opt for technically demanding styles or are looking to venture into headless territory, the Q series is a top choice.
At the heart of the Ibanez Q52’s tone is its Nyatoh body. The body has been contoured with carefully placed curves on the top & back to deliver a truly comfortable playing experience. Nyatoh is tonally akin to Mahogany, with a punchy mid-range, warm highs and ample sustain.
Whilst the Q52’s body is compact & light, it’s also solid and non-chambered for optimal tonal richness and resonance.
Complimenting the Q52’s natural voice are a pair of custom-designed Q58 humbuckers. These pickups have been dialled in specifically for use within headless guitars and boast a crisp, elegant sound that’s tonally balanced across all frequencies. The lows have a defined presence, the highs are crystal clear without being harsh - which results in a beautifully inspiring tone with outstanding note separation. This characteristic is particularly noticeable when playing chords, as each individual note within the chord structure is clearly audible.
Ibanez have kitted out the Q 52 with their innovative dyna-MIX10 switching system, which transforms it into a true tone chameleon. The dyna-MIX 10 switching system and Alter Switch provide you with quick access to 10 distinct tones - 5 with the Alter Switch off and 5 with it engaged. A key advantage of this system is that it gives you both humbucking and, thanks to Ibanez’s clever Power Tap mode, sparkling single-coil tones.
Ultimate Playing Comfort
The Ibanez Q52 is equipped with a stunning 3 piece Roasted Maple & Bubinga neck, which plays as well as it looks. The neck has been bestowed with a balanced Wizard C profile, which has been designed to accommodate a vast range of playing styles and techniques.
It’s a versatile neck shape that isn’t too thin, too thick or too flat. It’s a brilliant balance that’s easy to manoeuvre around and robust enough to fill the hand. Thanks to meticulous heat treatment, the neck is also incredibly, resonant, durable & stable.
The Q52’s neck is topped with an exotic Roasted Birdseye Maple fretboard and 24 Jescar EVO Gold frets. Jescar are renowned for creating top-notch frets and their EVO Gold fretwire is no exception. The EVO Gold frets feature a stunning appearance, tonnes of durability and a smooth feel that facilitates effortless note bending.
Catering for the Q52’s rock-solid tuning and ultra-precise intonation is its fantastic hardware. The custom string lock features a streamlined and simple one-piece construction, which requires significantly less maintenance and makes string changes a breeze. What really makes the custom string lock standout is that you can continue using your string brand and gauge of choice - no special strings needed.
The Q52’s Mono Tune bridges present a wide intonation range, which is handy if you like using lower-pitched tunings. Adjusting the string height couldn’t be easier and because each saddle generally uses less material, they also promote individual string vibration and resonance.
Free Gig Bag
In addition to a top-notch electric guitar, Ibanez also includes a highly durable gig bag. The free gig bag is a great way to store or safely & securely transport your Ibanez Q52 to your next performance, recording session or rehearsal.
Ibanez have knocked it out of the park with the Q series - an impressive selection of sleek and sophisticated headless guitars. If you’re already into headless instruments or are just looking to see what the fuss is all about, we highly recommend checking out the Q series.
- Wizard C 3pc Roasted Maple/Bubinga neck
- Roasted Birdseye Maple fretboard
- Jescar EVO Gold
- Nyatoh body
- Q58 H-H pickups
- Custom string lock
- Mono tune bridges
- dyna-MIX10 switching system with Alter Switch
- Luminescent side dots
- Gig bag included
- Ergonomic body design (Q)
- Compact and light-weight, yet resonant body
- Number of Strings: 6
- Neck Type: Wizard C
- Neck Joint: Bolt-on
- Neck Material: 3pc Roasted Maple/Bubinga
- Neck Finish: Satin Polyurethane
- Neck Thickness - 1st Fret: 21mm
- Neck Thickness - 12th Fret: 22mm
- Scale Length: 648mm
- Nut Width: 42mm
- End Width: 57mm
- Number of Frets: 24
- Fretboard: Roasted Birdseye Maple
- Fretboard Radius: 305mm
- Fret Type: Jescar EVO Gold
- Inlay: Mother of Pearl off-set dot
- Body Material: Nyatoh
- Body Finish: Satin Polyurethane
- Total Length: 800mm
- Body Thickness: 34mm
- Body Length: 412mm
- Body Width: 300mm
- Bridge: Ibanez Mono Tune
- String Spacing: 10.8mm
- Active or Passive: Passive
- Nut: Plastic
- Machine Head: Ibanez Custom String Lock
- Hardware Colour: Cosmo Black
- Neck Pickup: Q58 (H)
- Bridge Pickup: Q58 (H)
- Controls, Pickup Selector: 1 Volume, 1 Tone, 5-way lever switch
- Other Switches: dyna-MIX10 switching system w/Alter Switch
- Side Dot Inlay: Luminescent side dot inlay
- String Gauges (from top to bottom): .010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046
- Special Strings: D'Addario® EXL110
- Tuning (from top to bottom): 1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E
- Included case or bag: Gig bag included
- Recommended Case: MR250C
- Other item(s) included: Hex wrench, Trussrod adjust bar