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Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition vs Ibanez RG8870

Reasons to Get
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition over Ibanez RG8870

Weight Relief
Yes vs None
Lighter Body
Fret Material
Stainless Steel vs Nickel Silver
Best fret material that will last forever
Type of Frets
Medium Jumbo vs Jumbo
You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Scale Length
25.5" to 25" vs 25.5"
Less fret buzz with less string stiffness
Neck Profile
EndurNeck vs Super Wizard
Comfortable neck that works for most people
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
1.2'' (30.5mm) vs 0.67'' (17mm)
More comfortable open chords for big hands
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
1.1'' (27.9mm) vs 0.75'' (19.1mm)
More comfortable at higher frets for big hands
Nut Width
1.417'' (36mm) vs 1.693'' (43mm)
Favors small hands, easier bar chords and other shapes
Luminescent Sidedots
Yes vs None
Assists you when playing in dark environments
Bridge
Tremolo vs Lo-Pro Edge
Simple vibratos without too much maintenance
Fretboard Radius
20'' (508mm) vs 17'' (431.8mm)
Flatter fretboard makes it easier to play single notes and bend
Value Score
67 vs 63
Better price/quality relationship

Reasons to Get
Ibanez RG8870 over Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition

Country of Manufacturing
Japan vs Indonesia
Built with higher quality standards
Release Year
2023 vs 2021
From a more recent year
Frets Height
Taller vs Shorter
Easier to press down strings and bend them
Type of Frets
Jumbo vs Medium Jumbo
You won't feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Scale Length
25.5" vs 25.5" to 25"
Easier to adapt to
Retainer Bar
Yes vs None
Assists you so tuning doesn't change when locking the nut
Neck Profile
Super Wizard vs EndurNeck
Thinnest neck you can get for shredding
Pickup Mods
Coil Split vs None
Splits humbuckers into single coil pickups
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
0.67'' (17mm) vs 1.2'' (30.5mm)
More comfortable open chords for small hands
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
0.75'' (19.1mm) vs 1.1'' (27.9mm)
More comfortable at higher frets for small hands
Nut Width
1.693'' (43mm) vs 1.417'' (36mm)
Less likely to mute strings by accident and more space for fingerstyle
Strap Lock
Yes vs None
Protects your guitar from dropping by locking the strap
Bridge
Lo-Pro Edge vs Tremolo
Intense vibratos with more features than a Floyd Rose
Fretboard Radius
17'' (431.8mm) vs 20'' (508mm)
Easier to play chords without muting strings

Other Key Differences
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition vs Ibanez RG8870

Bridge Pickup
Strandberg Alex Machacek Edition Bridge vs DiMarzio The Tone Zone
Different Bridge Pickup
Middle Pickup
Strandberg middle single-coil vs DiMarzio True Velvet
Different Middle Pickup
Neck Pickup
Strandberg Alex Machacek Edition Neck vs DiMarzio PAF 36th Anniversary
Different Neck Pickup
Fretboard Wood
Rosewood vs Ebony
Different Fretboard Wood
Headstock
Headless vs 6
Different Headstock

Shared Features
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition vs Ibanez RG8870

Body Wood
Alder
Same Body Wood
Neck Wood
Maple
Same Neck Wood
Nut Material
Locking
Same Nut Material
Strings
6
Same playing style
Body Type
Solid Body
Feedback free
Switch Positions
5
Same pickups versatility
Volume Knobs
1
Same volume control
Tone Knobs
1
Same tone control
Pickups
HSH
High output, round sound with a single-coil for cleans
Number of Frets
24
Same maximum octave
Paint Finish
Poly
Resistant paint that ages well
Pickups Power
Passive
Cleaner sound and no battery needed
Decorative Top
Flame Maple vs AAA Flamed Maple (4mm)
Finished with beautiful natural wood patterns
Neck Joint
Bolt-On
Allows you to detach and swap the neck

Common Strengths

  • High-Quality Nut
  • Top Pickup Brand
  • Expensive Wood

Common Weaknesses

  • Neck-Through Build
  • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Active/Passive Preamp

Price History Comparison

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition Prices

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Which One is Better for Beginners?

The Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition meets 5 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, while the Ibanez RG8870 meets only 3. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players.

New Player Friendliness

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Narrow nut
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Short scale
  • Locking tuners

New Player Friendliness

Ibanez RG8870
  • Comfortable shape
  • Tall frets
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Narrow nut
  • Short scale
  • Locking tuners
  • Easy-to-use bridge

Nevertheless, when it comes to choosing an instrument, you should pick the one more compatible with your personal style. Still, below we'll try you to give you our results as objectively as it's possible to help you decide.

Sound Quality Comparison

The wood used in an electric guitar or bass is not as important to determine the final tone. However, some people prefer specific wood types, so we'll take a look at those first. Then, we'll take a look at the electronics to determine the versatility and sound quality of each instrument.

Woods Used in Both

Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple
Alder wood pattern used for guitar building
Alder

Maple is one of the most popular necks for good reasons. It is a strong wood that is relatively cheap to make and looks beautiful. The highest quality maple is the hardest that comes from North America. Find out more about Maple.

Alder is the most popular wood that Fender uses in most of their guitars nowadays. Even though they say it's because of its balanced tone with an emphasis in the upper midrange, it probably is because it isn't too expensive, and it's also pretty lightweight—more than Mahogany. Find out more about Alder.

Woods Used in the Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition

Rosewood wood pattern used for guitar building
Rosewood

Rosewood is an almost purple-looking wood that is used mainly for fretboards since it's heavy, rare, and expensive. It's sometimes used on acoustic guitar bodies to create stronger warm tones. Find out more about Rosewood.

Woods Used in the Ibanez RG8870

Ebony wood pattern used for guitar building
Ebony

Ebony is a high-end wood, so it is not cheap. It's only used for fretboards because it's also very heavy. It does an excellent job as a durable material while looking elegant. Find out more about Ebony.

Winner: Tie.

Pickup Configuration

Both pickup configurations are HSH. HSH is a versatile pickup configuration that will give you the high output, full tone, and quiet sound of humbucker pickups, but with the possibility of using a single coil for cleaner tones. The disadvantage is that the middle single-coil pickup will have a noticeable lower volume, so you might want to adjust the height of the pickups. Another problem is that if you set the middle pickup too high, it might interfere with your picking hand.

Pickups Quality

Both come with very good pickups from at least one of the specialized brands in the market. With pickups like these, you probably won't need an upgrade anytime soon.

We found the same or similar pickups to the Ibanez RG8870's online:

Both use Passive pickups. This is what's used for most music genres. They have a regular output and will serve you for both high-gain and clean tones. The alternative (Active pickups) offer a higher output that is mostly used for heavy music.

Winner: Tie.

Versatility Comparison

Some instruments offer you more ways to explore your creativity than others. Below you'll find how both compare when it comes to versatility.

Switch Options

Both are equal when it comes to the pickup switching option.

Only the Ibanez RG8870 comes with some kind of pickup modification: Coil Split.

Coil Split lets you disconnect one of the pickup coils. When used with humbuckers, it turns them into single-coil with lower output and cleaner tone.

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition pickups switch selector and push knobs diagram
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition's switch options
Ibanez RG8870 pickups switch selector and push knobs diagram
Ibanez RG8870's switch options

When evaluating versatility, we also take into consideration bridge and neck joint type, number of frets, switch options, amount of pickups and more.

Winner: Tie.

Final Sound Quality Scores

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition
Pickups 85
Sustain 70
Versatility 85
Tuning Stability 85
Sound 81
Ibanez RG8870
Pickups 85
Sustain 80
Versatility 85
Tuning Stability 85
Sound 84

Build Quality Comparison

When it comes to build quality, we like to take into account everything used to build the instrument. This includes materials, hardware and the quality control expected depending on the country where it was built. Let's see how the Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition compares to the Ibanez RG8870.

Country of Origin

The manufacturing country can tell a lot about the build quality of an instrument. The Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition is built in Indonesia while the Ibanez RG8870 is made in Japan.

Indonesia is becoming the most popular country for guitar building because they can make good instruments for a low price. Some people think that they're 'the new China' when it comes to build quality. But the truth is that Indonesian guitars are more consistent, although Chinese quality has improved a lot in the last few years.

Japan has a long history of high-quality guitar building. Little has changed in terms of their manufacturing and quality control over the years. Many guitars made in this country can be compared—and even beat—others made in the US.

Winner: Ibanez RG8870

Nut Material

If you want your guitar to stay in tune and sound good, you need a well cut nut. Nut quality can be inconsistent even when comparing two copies of the same model. The best way to make sure you're nut will be well done is by getting a nut made by an expert company like TUSQ or Micarta.

In this case, both have Locking nuts. Instead of a regular nut, this guitar has a locking system that will lock down the strings at the nut, preventing it from getting out of tune. It removes one of the disadvantages of tremolo bridges, tune stability.

However, only the Ibanez RG8870 has a retainer bar for the locking nut, which is a helpful addition. Without it, the Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition's strings will change pitch once you lock down the nut, so you'll have to make more micro-adjustments at the bridge to tune it correctly.

Winner: Ibanez RG8870.

Fret Material

Most fret wire is made of nickel silver. This material eventually wears down after a lot of use and most instruments end up needing a complete fret replacement. However, some expensive models come with stainless steel frets. This is what you should aim for if you can afford it.

In this comparison, the Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition is the only one that has stainless steel frets. These frets will basically last for the entire life of the guitar. They will never need polishing nor replacement. And not only that, but some people also notice that bending and vibratos are much easier to perform when they upgrade to stainless steel.

Winner: Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition.

Bridge

The perfect bridge for you will depend on your playstyle because they all have advantages and disadvantages. However, some bridges are more expensive—like Floyd Roses and Evertunes—and thus add more value to a guitar.

The Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition's brige is a Tremolo. Tremolo bridges give you more versatility than fixed bridges. They let you perform the intense vibrato effects that would be impossible with a fixed bridge. However, since the bridge floats and there's less contact with the body, the strings lose sustain slightly faster. They can also be a bit harder to restring and set up correctly than fixed bridges.

On the other hand, the Ibanez RG8870's is a Lo-Pro Edge. Similar to the original Edge bridge design by Ibanez, but with a lower profile (more discrete and less likely to interfere with your picking). It comes with the same improvements over Floyd Rose tremolos as the Edge: push-in arm, replaceable knife edges, more sustain, smaller saddles, and more. These bridges offer tons of versatility, but they also require more work than simpler tremolos to set up.

Since we need to be objective, the most expensive type of bridge will be the winner of this section. In the end, this doesn't matter if you're not going to use the bridge for its original purpose, so choose the bridge that fits your playing style better.

Winner: Ibanez RG8870.

Tuners

In this case, the Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition has no machine heads because it is a headless guitar. Instead, the strings are tuned at the bridge. This gives the guitar a better balance and will prevent neck dives. It also makes it more travel friendly.

Winner: Tie.

Neck Joint

Contrary to popular belief, the difference in sustain and tone that some neck joints give to a guitar is simply unperceivable—if they're all well built. However, some of them do have advantages over the others.

Both have a Bolt-On neck joint. This neck is joined to the body by 4 bolts that you can simply unscrew. This allows you to replace the neck or take it off for travel. It's the most common and cheapest way to build a guitar.

Winner: Tie.

Here is the list of features that were considered when choosing the winner in the Features subcategory:

Strengths & Weaknesses
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Weight Relief
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Tremolo
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock
Strengths & Weaknesses
Ibanez RG8870
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

Final Build Quality Scores

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition
Quality of materials 65
Features 70
Quality Control 85
Build Quality 73
Ibanez RG8870
Quality of materials 55
Features 75
Quality Control 100
Build Quality 77

Playability Comparison

Let's now compare their playability. Bear in mind that the instrument will feel different depending on your hand size and play style. That's why you should always test before buying. But if you can't or want a second opinion on it, we can still take a look at each of the important measurements of the instrument for you. This way, we can predict how easy a guitar might be to play, or how different it will feel compared to the other.

Remember that, even though the difference might seem small, every inch counts when it comes to feeling of the instrument in your hands. Any variation can completely change how comfortable a guitar feels in your hands.

Nut Width

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition Nut Width
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition Nut Width
Ibanez RG8870 Nut Width
Ibanez RG8870 Nut Width

The nut width will affect the separation between strings at the nut. In this comparison, the Ibanez RG8870 has the wider nut with 43mm (1.693'') vs 36mm (1.417''). This is a 7mm (0.276'') difference

This means that it will be more difficult to do bar chords on the Ibanez RG8870, especially closer to the nut. However, it's also easier to play without muting strings accidently. This favors people with big hands.

Scale Length

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition's Scale Length
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition's Scale Length
Ibanez RG8870's Scale Length
Ibanez RG8870's Scale Length

The scale length is one of the things that influences playability the most. This is the distance between the nut and the bridge and will affect everything from low action allowance, difficulty to perform bends, fret separation, and even tone.

In this case, the Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition features a multi-scale of 25.5" to 25" while the Ibanez RG8870 has a regular scale of 25.5".

A multi-scale fingerboard incorporates two scale lengths at the same time. This is present in some instruments with long scale to give a different tension to the lower strings than the higher strings. The thickest strings need more tension to avoid fret buzz (especially when tuned low), so the scale is longer for these strings, while the thinnest strings will need less tension (because they have a lower gauge), so they have a shorter scale to reduce stiffness for bends.

It can feel awkward if you've never played a multi-scale because the frets will have more separation for the higher strings, but a lot of people love their versatility.

On the other hand, the Ibanez RG8870's 25.5" regular scale means it has a fixed scale for all the strings.This is the scale used in most Stratocasters. It's slightly longer than the typical 24.75'' size found in Les Pauls, and it's one of the main reasons why Stratocasters have such a bright sound in general. A longer scale also means that the strings will have higher tension. This will help you get lower action without suffering fret buzz, which will also be helpful when playing in lower tunings without having to increase your string gauge.

However, this also means that there will be more separation between frets, which can make it more difficult to play. Also, bending the strings will require more strengths due to the increased tension, but remember that a tremolo guitar will offset this difficulty.

Lastly, remember that you can also affect the tension of the strings by changing your string gauge. You can use a thicker gauge for more tension and a lighter one for less tension.

Neck Profile

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition Neck Profile
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition's neck profile
Ibanez RG8870 Neck Profile
Ibanez RG8870's neck profile

No single neck shape is better than others. However, most people tend to prefer a thinner necks because it doesn't get in their way when playing fast and most hand sizes can adapt to it pretty well. However, some people still prefer thicker necks for a better grip, especially if they have big hands.

In this case, both have different neck shapes:

The Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition has a C type of neck. This is what you'll find in most modern guitars. Most people feel like the thickness of a C neck is simply the less intrusive one for playing fast, while at the same time allowing you to grab the neck easily for resting if you want to.

The Ibanez RG8870, on the other hand, has a Super Wizard neck. Ibanez is famous for this neck shape. They're similar to C-shaped necks, but they're even thinner. Some people like it because it gives them all the free room they need to play fast single notes (shredding). But some people prefer a thicker type of neck they can grab and rest their hands more comfortably.

Fretboard Radius

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition Fingerboard Radius
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition's Fingerboard radius
Ibanez RG8870 Fingerboard Radius
Ibanez RG8870's Fingerboard radius

Most guitar fretboards are not flat; they usually have a curve or arc across their width. A curved fretboard will make it easier to perform chords without muting strings, while a flatter one will make it easier to play single notes, which is good for bending and soloing in general. The best fretboards have a compound radius that varies across the fingerboard, but they're not common since they take a lot more work to build.

In this case, the Ibanez RG8870's fingerboard radius is smaller, which means it's more curved than the Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition's. This extra arc will make playing chords easier in this model. You won't be as likely to mute the strings, especially if you have big hands. However, playing single notes and bending will be easier on the Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition.

Hand Size Comfortability

Everyone has a different hand size, and that's why it's recommended to try a guitar before buying, even if others tell you that it's comfortable to play. However, we can know whether a guitar favors small or large hands just by knowing its exact measurements.

After taking into account the scale length, nut width, neck profile and fretboard radius, we can conclude that both in this comparison favor small hands .

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition:
Big Hands
Small Hands
Ibanez RG8870:
Big Hands
Small Hands

Fret Size

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition Frets Size
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition's Frets Size
Ibanez RG8870 Frets Size
Ibanez RG8870's Frets Size

The Ibanez RG8870 has Jumbo frets, which should be taller than the Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition's Medium Jumbo frets.

Some people prefer taller frets because they result in more sustain since the strings get pressed cleanly without interference from the fretboard. However, if they're too tall—like Jumbo frets—, you might change the pitch of the strings accidentally if you press too hard because you won't be touching the fretboard with your fingers. This is also why some guitarists with a heavy grip prefer smaller frets. They like to feel the fingerboard to avoid pressing down too hard and getting out of pitch.

Final Playability Scores

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition
Bending & Vibrato Ease 75
Chord Playability 75
Solo Playability 80
Playability 77
Ibanez RG8870
Bending & Vibrato Ease 80
Chord Playability 50
Solo Playability 90
Playability 73

Specs Side-by-Side

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition vs Ibanez RG8870
General Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition Ibanez RG8870
Brand: Strandberg Ibanez
Year: 2021 2023
Configuration: HSH HSH
Strings: 6 6
Made in: Indonesia Japan
Series: Boden Fusion RG
Colors: Red Black
Left-Handed Version: No No
Body
Type: Solid Body Solid Body
Body Material: Chambered Alder Alder
Bridge: Strandberg EGS Pro Rev7 tremolo system & string locks Lo-Pro Edge
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On Bolt-On
Tuners: At bridge Gotoh machine heads
Fretboard: Indian Rosewood Macassar Ebony
Neck Material: Maple neck – Quartersawn, Carbon Fiber reinforced Maple/Wenge
Decoration: Offset Luminlay Dots Tree of Life
Scale Size: 25.5" to 25" 25.5"
Shape: EndurNeck Super Wizard
Thickness: 1st Fret: 1.2'' (30.5mm) - 12th Fret: 1.1'' (27.9mm) 1st Fret: 0.67'' (17mm) - 12th Fret: 0.75'' (19.1mm)
Frets: 24 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel 24 Jumbo Nickel Silver
Fretboard Radius: 20" 17"
Nut: Locking Locking
Nut Width: 36mm (1.417'') 43mm (1.693'')
Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Strandberg Alex Machacek Edition Bridge (Humbucker / Passive) DiMarzio The Tone Zone (Humbucker / Passive)
Middle Pickup: Strandberg middle single-coil (Single Coil / Passive) DiMarzio True Velvet (Single Coil / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Strandberg Alex Machacek Edition Neck (Humbucker / Passive) DiMarzio PAF 36th Anniversary (Humbucker / Passive)
Switch: 5 Way 5 Way
Knobs: Dome Dome
Pickup Mods: None Coil Split
Volume Controls: 1 1
Tone Controls: 1 1