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Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition vs Ibanez RG9PB

Reasons to Get
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition over Ibanez RG9PB

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 28"
Less fret buzz with less string stiffness
Neck Profile
EndurNeck vs Wizard-9
Comfortable neck that works for most people
Strings
6 vs 9
Narrower neck and fewer strings to change
Switch Positions
5 vs 3
More tone options
Pickups
HSH vs HH
High output, round sound with a single-coil for cleans
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
1.2'' (30.5mm) vs 0.846'' (21.5mm)
More comfortable open chords for big hands
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
1.1'' (27.9mm) vs 0.925'' (23.5mm)
More comfortable at higher frets for big hands
Nut Width
1.417'' (36mm) vs 2.44'' (62mm)
Favors small hands, easier bar chords and other shapes
Luminescent Sidedots
Yes vs None
Assists you when playing in dark environments
Bridge
Tremolo vs Fixed
Simple vibratos without too much maintenance
Fretboard Radius
20'' (508mm) vs 37.402'' (950mm)
Easier to play chords without muting strings
Pickups Power
Passive vs Active
Cleaner sound and no battery needed

Reasons to Get
Ibanez RG9PB over Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition

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
28" vs 25.5" to 25"
Easier to adapt to
Neck Profile
Wizard-9 vs EndurNeck
Thin neck for playing fast
Pickup Mods
Multiple vs None
Strings
9 vs 6
Allows you to play lower notes
Pickups
HH vs HSH
High output without hum
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
0.846'' (21.5mm) vs 1.2'' (30.5mm)
More comfortable open chords for small hands
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
0.925'' (23.5mm) vs 1.1'' (27.9mm)
More comfortable at higher frets for small hands
Nut Width
2.44'' (62mm) vs 1.417'' (36mm)
Less likely to mute strings by accident and more space for fingerstyle
Bridge
Fixed vs Tremolo
Good sustain and needs no set-up
Fretboard Radius
37.402'' (950mm) vs 20'' (508mm)
Flatter fretboard makes it easier to play single notes and bend
Pickups Power
Active vs Passive
More output
Value Score
72 vs 67
Better price/quality relationship

Other Key Differences
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition vs Ibanez RG9PB

Bridge Pickup
Strandberg Alex Machacek Edition Bridge vs Fishman Fluence Modern
Different Bridge Pickup
Neck Pickup
Strandberg Alex Machacek Edition Neck vs Fishman Fluence Modern
Different Neck Pickup
Body Wood
Alder vs Nyatoh
Different Body Wood
Fretboard Wood
Rosewood vs Ebony
Different Fretboard Wood
Headstock
Headless vs 4-5
Different Headstock
Nut Material
Locking vs Ivory Tusq
Different Nut Material

Shared Features
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition vs Ibanez RG9PB

Neck Wood
Maple
Same Neck Wood
Body Type
Solid Body
Feedback free
Volume Knobs
1
Same volume control
Tone Knobs
1
Same tone control
Number of Frets
24
Same maximum octave
Paint Finish
Poly
Resistant paint that ages well
Decorative Top
Flame Maple vs Poplar Burl
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
  • From a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Strap Lock
  • 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 RG9PB meets only 4. 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 RG9PB
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Narrow nut
  • Short scale
  • Locking tuners

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

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.

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

Rosewood wood pattern used for guitar building
Rosewood
Alder wood pattern used for guitar building
Alder

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.

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 Ibanez RG9PB

Ebony wood pattern used for guitar building
Ebony
Nyatoh wood pattern used for guitar building
Nyatoh

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.

Nyatoh has been replacing Mahogany for guitar building. It's fairly hard, durable, more sustentable and common than Mahogany. Find out more about Nyatoh.

Winner: Tie.

Pickup Configuration

The Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition has an HSH configuration while the Ibanez RG9PB has HH pickups.

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.

On the other hand, Double Humbucker (HH) is the choice for people who want a fuller, more round sound with tons of mids and lows. Humbuckers also get rid of the hum noise that plague single-coil pickups. They can work out for almost any genre going from Djent to even Jazz.

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 RG9PB's online:

The Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition's pickups are Passive while the Ibanez RG9PB's are Active.

Passive pickups are what most guitars use. These have a normal output that works well for most genres. However, Active pickups are the preferred choice of heavy metal players because they offer extra output thanks to their 9v battery, which results in a heavier, more distorted sound. Bear in mind that achieving a completely clean tone with them won't be easy. So if you want to also use clean tones, you might want to avoid Active pickups.

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

The Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition gives you 5 switch options while the Ibanez RG9PB gives you 3. This means that the Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition gives you more options to find the right pickup combination for the type of sound you want to achieve

Only the Ibanez RG9PB comes with some kind of pickup modification: Coil Split, Multi-Voicing.

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.

Multi-Voicing means the pickups come with multiple ''voices'', which means they can change the tone and gain by a simple switch or knob. Piezo, Fishman and similar are considered multi-voicing pickups.

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 RG9PB pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Ibanez RG9PB'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: Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition.

Final Sound Quality Scores

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition
Pickups 85
Sustain 70
Versatility 85
Tuning Stability 85
Sound 81
Ibanez RG9PB
Pickups 85
Sustain 90
Versatility 69
Tuning Stability 70
Sound 79

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 RG9PB.

Country of Origin

The manufacturing country can tell a lot about the build quality of an instrument. Both in this comparison where made in Indonesia.

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.

Winner: Tie

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.

The Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition has a Locking nut. 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.

On the other hand, the Ibanez RG9PB comes with a Ivory Tusq nut. Ivory used to be considered the best material for guitar nuts due to its beauty, durability, and the rich harmonics and sustain you could get from a guitar with it. However, the way to obtain it is simply unethical. Enter TUSQ ivory nuts, which are made synthetically to imitate ivory. Technically, it's better than ivory because it is consistent piece-to-piece, while natural materials can vary a lot, even if they're made from the same.

Winner: Tie.

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 RG9PB's is a Fixed. It's a simple bridge that is very beginner-friendly since it doesn't require any set-up. You can swap strings easily. It might also give more sustain since it doesn't have complex moving parts that make the strings lose vibration. However, it doesn't have the same versatility as a tremolo bridge.

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: Tie.

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 RG9PB
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split, Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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 RG9PB
Quality of materials 55
Features 55
Quality Control 75
Build Quality 62

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 RG9PB Nut Width
Ibanez RG9PB Nut Width

The nut width will affect the separation between strings at the nut. In this comparison, the Ibanez RG9PB has the wider nut with 62mm (2.44'') vs 36mm (1.417''). This is a 26mm (1.023'') difference

This means that it will be more difficult to do bar chords on the Ibanez RG9PB, 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 RG9PB's Scale Length
Ibanez RG9PB'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 RG9PB has a regular scale of 28".

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 RG9PB's 28" regular scale means it has a fixed scale for all the strings.

This is a scale used for baritones and guitars with more than 6 strings. Since the scale is so long, the tension of the strings will be higher. This means that bending will require a lot more strength than with a shorter scale. However, it also allows you to use really low tunings without causing fret buzz and without needing to increase your string gauge too much.

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 RG9PB Neck Profile
Ibanez RG9PB'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 RG9PB, on the other hand, has a Wizard neck. This is thinner than most C-type necks. It won't get in your way if you want to play fast solos. It's not as slim as 'Super Wizard' necks, so it might fit you better if you don't like ultra-thin necks.

Fretboard Radius

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition Fingerboard Radius
Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition's Fingerboard radius
Ibanez RG9PB Fingerboard Radius
Ibanez RG9PB'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 Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition's fingerboard radius is smaller, which means it's more curved than the Ibanez RG9PB'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 Ibanez RG9PB.

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.

And after taking into account the scale length, nut width, neck profile and fretboard radius, we can conclude that the Ibanez RG9PB favors large hands more than the Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition.

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition:
Big Hands
Small Hands
Ibanez RG9PB:
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 RG9PB Frets Size
Ibanez RG9PB's Frets Size

The Ibanez RG9PB 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 RG9PB
Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
Chord Playability 50
Solo Playability 90
Playability 75

Specs Side-by-Side

Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition vs Ibanez RG9PB
General Strandberg Boden Fusion NX 6 Alex Machacek Edition Ibanez RG9PB
Brand: Strandberg Ibanez
Year: 2021 2023
Configuration: HSH HH
Strings: 6 9
Made in: Indonesia Indonesia
Series: Boden Fusion RG
Colors: Red Black
Left-Handed Version: No No
Body
Type: Solid Body Solid Body
Body Material: Chambered Alder Nyatoh
Bridge: Strandberg EGS Pro Rev7 tremolo system & string locks Gibraltar Standard II-9
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On Bolt-On
Tuners: At bridge Ibanez
Fretboard: Indian Rosewood Macassar Ebony
Neck Material: Maple neck – Quartersawn, Carbon Fiber reinforced Maple/Walnut
Decoration: Offset Luminlay Dots White Dot
Scale Size: 25.5" to 25" 28"
Shape: EndurNeck Wizard-9
Thickness: 1st Fret: 1.2'' (30.5mm) - 12th Fret: 1.1'' (27.9mm) 1st Fret: 0.846'' (21.5mm) - 12th Fret: 0.925'' (23.5mm)
Frets: 24 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel 24 Jumbo Nickel Silver
Fretboard Radius: 20" 37.402"
Nut: Locking Ivory Tusq
Nut Width: 36mm (1.417'') 62mm (2.44'')
Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Strandberg Alex Machacek Edition Bridge (Humbucker / Passive) Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker / Active)
Middle Pickup: Strandberg middle single-coil (Single Coil / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Strandberg Alex Machacek Edition Neck (Humbucker / Passive) Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker / Active)
Switch: 5 Way 3 Way
Knobs: Dome Dome
Pickup Mods: None Coil Split, Multi-Voicing
Volume Controls: 1 1
Tone Controls: 1 1