Ibanez PIA3761C Review & Prices

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Ibanez PIA3761C Review
  • From Ibanez's 2022 PIA/JEM/UV series
  • Steve Vai Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 17" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Maple/Walnut neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: DiMarzio UtoPIA (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: DiMarzio UtoPIA (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: DiMarzio UtoPIA (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Edge tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • PIA Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Gotoh machine heads tuners
  • Retainer bar
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  • From Ibanez's 2022 PIA/JEM/UV series
  • Steve Vai Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 17" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Maple/Walnut neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: DiMarzio UtoPIA (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: DiMarzio UtoPIA (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: DiMarzio UtoPIA (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Edge tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • PIA Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Gotoh machine heads tuners
  • Retainer bar
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Verdict: is The Ibanez PIA3761C a Good Guitar?

Made in a country with top quality control, which means you should get a high-quality instrument made with good materials and excellent attention to detail. It's a guitar with good playability. It comes with excellent pickups with good sound and provides tons of sustain. It favors playing solos more than chords. You can find other models with valuable features (locking tuners, stainless steel frets, etc) for a lower price. Overall, an excellent guitar if Hard Rock or similar genres are your jam.

Final Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 80
Sound 82
Build quality 84
Value for money 67
Overall Score 82
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Ibanez PIA3761C
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Locking Tuners
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock

Ibanez PIA3761C Prices

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Is the Ibanez PIA3761C a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $3200, which means that the Ibanez PIA3761C costs around 9% more than the competition. It might be due to it having additional features, but know that you can find cheaper similar alternatives. This takes into account all guitars in our database with 6 strings and Double Locking bridge that are made in Japan.

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Is The Ibanez PIA3761C Easy to Play?

The Ibanez PIA3761C meets 4 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's not bad for beginners, but it could be better. 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 to get used to.

Ibanez PIA3761C
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Tall frets
  • Wide nut
  • Comfortable neck
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Locking tuners
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Short scale

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Ibanez PIA3761C's construction favors people with relatively small hands.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Ibanez PIA3761C's 25.5" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Ibanez PIA3761C Scale Length Comparison
Ibanez PIA3761C's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is the same scale length used in Stratocaster guitars, and it's one of the main reasons they have such a bright sound. It's considered a long scale when compared to most non-baritone guitars.

Since the distance between bridge and nut is relatively long, you'll need to give the strings more tension to get them in tune. This higher tension will allow for a couple of things. First, you can get a lower action (get the strings closer to the fretboard) because the strings won't 'wiggle' too much when pluck and won't cause fret buzz. This can allow you to use lower tunings without increasing your string gauge, and it will make it easier to press down the strings fast.

However, the frets will also have a wider separation between each other, which can make it harder to play, especially if you got small hands. The higher tension will also make the strings feel stiffer, so bending will require more strength.

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Neck Profile

Ibanez PIA3761C Neck Profile
Ibanez PIA3761C's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

The Ibanez PIA3761C's neck thickness is approximately 0.71'' (18mm) at the first fret, and 0.79'' (20.1mm) at the twelfth.

These measurements were taken either from the official Ibanez website, or, in case this information wasn't provided, by researching multiple online marketplaces and forums where owners of this model have posted their measurements.

It has a Wizard type neck. This is a neck profile invented by Ibanez in the 90s and perfected throughout the years. It's thinner than the C profile that most people like. It's not as thin as their 'Super Wizard' version, so it's a good option if you like thin necks, but like to have a bit of thickness for resting your hand while playing.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Ibanez PIA3761C has a fingerboard radius of 17". Here's an image comparing this guitar's fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Ibanez PIA3761C Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Ibanez PIA3761C's fretboard radius compared to other guitars

Even compared to Les Paul guitars, this is a fretboard with a very flat curve. This means that this neck was made for playing single notes. This doesn't mean you can't use it for playing chords, but it will be more comfortable to play chords without muting strings in a more curved fretboard. Bending and sliding without losing sustain will also be more likely in a flat fretboard like this one.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Ibanez PIA3761C has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

Ibanez PIA3761C
This model
25.5'' Scale Length
Wizard Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
17'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
U Neck Profile
1.654'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
U Neck Profile
1.654'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
Wizard Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
17'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Ibanez PIA3761C Nut Width
Ibanez PIA3761C Nut Width

The Ibanez PIA3761C has a nut width of 43mm (1.693''). This size is also known as 1 11/16'' and it's the most common size found in electric guitars. It offers a good balance of string separation at the nut. It's the size that most guitarists prefer as it gives them just enough space to play open chords without muting the strings, but without spreading the strings too wide and making bar chords difficult to perform.

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Frets

The Ibanez PIA3761C has 24 frets. A lot of people mistakenly believe that having more frets will always be better because it gives you a higher octave. This is certainly an advantage, but there's also a disadvantage to this.

Since the fretboard will be longer, the neck pickup will need to be placed closer to the bridge. And as you may know, the further away the neck pickup is from the bridge, the warmer it sounds. This means you'll have a brighter-sounding neck pickup when using a 24-fret guitar, even if you use the same pickup on a 22-fret guitar.

Finally, these are stainless steel frets. They're the best fretwire available. This means you won't need to change your frets since they should last as long as your guitar. Some people also feel easier bendings after swapping to stainless steel.

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Fret Size

Ibanez PIA3761C Fret Size Comparison
Ibanez PIA3761C's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Ibanez PIA3761C's frets are Jumbo size. This is a tall fret size that is becoming increasingly popular because it makes it easier to press down the strings cleanly. With this fret size, you won't feel the fretboard when playing, so if you press down too hard, you will get the notes out of pitch. However, this is something you can overcome by getting used to the taller size.

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Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 80
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 90
Playability 80

Does the Ibanez PIA3761C Sound Good? Tone Analysis

Wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar. Instead, we'll take a look at the hardware used—mainly the pickups—to determine what kind of tone you can expect.

Pickups

This guitar comes with pickups from one of the top brands: DiMarzio. So you can expect well built pickups with great sound that shouldn't need an upgrade anytime soon.

These are passive pickups, so you can expect a moderade level of hot output instead of the overwhelming output that distinguises active pickups in metal.

The Ibanez PIA3761C's configuration is HSH. Two humbuckers with one single-coil in the middle is a combination that people who love a warm neck Humbucker, but also a high output bridge pickup and cleanliness of a single-coil will appreciate. It gives a lot of versatility, but bear in mind that the middle pickup will have a lower volume, so you might want to adjust its height. The downside to this is that you might touch it with your pick sometimes if you increase its height too much.

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Ibanez PIA3761C
This model
24 Frets
Edge Bridge
DiMarzio UtoPIA Bridge Pickup
DiMarzio UtoPIA Middle Pickup
DiMarzio UtoPIA Neck Pickup
24 Frets
Edge Bridge
DiMarzio UtoPIA Bridge Pickup
DiMarzio UtoPIA Middle Pickup
DiMarzio UtoPIA Neck Pickup
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Versatility

It gives you a good amount of tone options with its 5-way switch. You can use it to choose at least 5 different pickup combinations.

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with more options for coil split or coil tapping. This makes it less versatile than some competitors.

Diagram

Ibanez PIA3761C pickups switch selector and push knobs diagram
Ibanez PIA3761C's switch options

What music genre is the Ibanez PIA3761C good for?

As a 6 strings, Solid Body guitar with HSH configuration and Passive pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Hard Rock or similar. However, you can use almost any guitar for any genre. This is just the typical type of music for this kind of guitar.

Sound Score

Pickups 85
Sustain 80
Versatility 76
Tuning Stability 85
Sound 82

How well is the Ibanez PIA3761C Built?

Where is the Ibanez PIA3761C Made?

Knowing where the guitar is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive guitars are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Ibanez PIA3761C is made in Japan. You should expect a high-quality guitar with excellent quality control. It can be compared to guitars made in the US, which is why they're also expensive.

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Quality of Wood Used in the Ibanez PIA3761C

As an electric guitar, type of wood won't affect the tone and sustain much. Instead, the hardware will be much more important. However, wood is still important for the look and feel of the guitar in general.

These are the types of wood used in the Ibanez PIA3761C:

Alder wood pattern used for guitar building
Alder Body
Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple Neck
Rosewood wood pattern used for guitar building
Rosewood Fretboard

The body is made of Alder. This is a lightweight type of wood that was popularized by Fender. According to them, it's a wood that offers a balanced tone but that favors the upper midrange slightly.

The neck is made of Maple. This is one of the most popular types of wood used in all kinds of guitars. It's heavy, strong and compact, which makes it great for necks. However, it's also used for fretboards, bodies and tops due to its light color, resistance and beautiful patterns. When it comes to tone, it highlights the mid and high frequencies.

Finally, the fretboard material is Rosewood. Since the ban of Brazillian Rosewood, this has become a rare and expensive wood. It's not usually used for guitar bodies because of this, and also because it's heavy. Instead, it's used mainly for fretboards. Sometimes it's also used for necks because it's an extremely hard wood (even harder than maple). Its tonality tends to favor warm tones.

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Bridge

The bridge is a Edge tremolo. It's an improved version of the Floyd Rose bridge. It comes with a push-in arm, less bulky saddles, replaceable knife edges and with fine-tuners well positioned to avoid interfering with palm muting, and more mass for increased sustain. Like Floyd Roses, it takes more work to set up properly than simpler bridges.

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Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure the guitar stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Ibanez PIA3761C has a Locking nut. Instead of the typical nut, this nut locks the strings in place and will make them stay in tune even after heavy tremolo use. This type of nut provides the best tune stability, but they also make the guitar more expensive.

It also comes with a retainer bar for the locking nut, which is a helpful addition. Without it, the strings would change pitch once you lock down the nut, so you'd have to make more micro-adjustments at the bridge to tune it correctly.

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Neck Joint

The neck joint is the part where the neck of the guitar meets the body. There are three main techniques to attach both parts together: Set-In, Bolt-On and Neck-Through. The latter two provide different advantages, although neck-throughs are the most expensive.

This guitar has a Bolt-On neck joint. Even though this type of neck was looked down upon for a long time, nowadays bolt-on necks are well built and provide just as much sustain as any other join method. First of all, it's cheap to make because it consists of simply 4 bolts that attach the neck to the body. And you can travel with the guitar more easily, swap out the neck if you damage it, or upgrade to a more comfortable neck later on.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 82
Features 70
Quality Control 100
Build Quality 84

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Ibanez PIA3761C Specs

General
Brand: Ibanez
Year: 2022
Configuration: HSH
Strings: 6
Made in: Japan
Series: PIA/JEM/UV
Colors: Blue
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: Alder
Bridge: Edge tremolo
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On
Tuners: Gotoh machine heads
Fretboard: Rosewood
Neck Material: Maple/Walnut
Decoration: PIA Blossom
Scale Size: 25.5"
Shape: PIA
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.71'' (18mm) - 12th Fret: 0.79'' (20.1mm)
Frets: 24 Jumbo Yes
Fretboard Radius: 17"
Nut: Locking
Nut Width: 43mm (1.693'')
Electronics
Switch: 5 Way
Knobs: Dome
Volume Controls: 1
Tone Controls: 1
Bridge Pickup: DiMarzio UtoPIA (Humbucker / Passive)
Middle Pickup: DiMarzio UtoPIA (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup: DiMarzio UtoPIA (Humbucker / Passive)