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  • From Ibanez's 2021 RG series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 8 strings
  • 27"'' scale
  • 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Meranti body
  • Maple/Walnut neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Ceramic-8 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Alnico-8 (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • F108 bridge
  • Wizard II-8 Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Ibanez tuners
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  • From Ibanez's 2021 RG series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 8 strings
  • 27"'' scale
  • 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Meranti body
  • Maple/Walnut neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Ceramic-8 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Alnico-8 (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • F108 bridge
  • Wizard II-8 Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Ibanez tuners
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Our Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 78
Sound 75
Build quality 55
Value for money 74
Overall Score 69
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Ibanez RG80F
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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Price: is the Ibanez RG80F a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $1020, which means that the Ibanez RG80F is within the average price asked for this kind of guitar. This takes into account all guitars of the same category in our database with 8 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in Indonesia.

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Not all guitars are created equal, and there are many important things they won't tell you about the guitar you're buying. That's why it's important to have different opinions. Here's what our visitors who have played this guitar say. If you've played it before, help others by voting for your experience below.

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Is The Ibanez RG80F Easy to Play?

The Ibanez RG80F 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 RG80F
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Comfortable neck
  • Locking tuners
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Wide nut
  • 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 RG80F's construction favors people with relatively big 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.

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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 RG80F's 27" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Ibanez RG80F Scale Length Comparison
Ibanez RG80F's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

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 high. 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.

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Neck Profile

Ibanez RG80F Neck Profile
Ibanez RG80F'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 RG80F's neck thickness is approximately 0.79'' (20.1mm) at the first fret, and 0.85'' (21.6mm) 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 RG80F has a 16" fingerboard radius. Here's an image comparing this guitar's fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Ibanez RG80F Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Ibanez RG80F's fretboard radius compared to other guitars

This fretboard radius is really different than Stratocasters, but it's also a lot flatter than Les Paul fingerboards. It'll heavily favor soloing over playing chords. This doesn't mean you can't use it for 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 RG80F has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

Ibanez RG80F
This model
27'' Scale Length
Wizard Neck Profile
2.165'' Nut Width
16'' Fretboard Radius
27'' Scale Length
U Neck Profile
2.126'' Nut Width
13.78'' Fretboard Radius
27'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
2.126'' Nut Width
15.75'' Fretboard Radius
Multiscale Scale Length
U Neck Profile
2.126'' Nut Width
15.75'' Fretboard Radius
Multiscale Scale Length
C Neck Profile
2.126'' Nut Width
20'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Ibanez RG80F Nut Width
Ibanez RG80F Nut Width

The Ibanez RG80F has a nut width of 55mm (2.165''). This size is often used for 8-string and 9-string guitars. The extra space is needed for the additional strings, so there's no other way than having a really wide neck. This makes 8-string guitars heavier than their fewer-strings counterparts.

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Frets

The Ibanez RG80F 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.

It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

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Fret Size

Ibanez RG80F Fret Size Comparison
Ibanez RG80F'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 RG80F'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 85
Chord Playability 60
Solo Playability 90
Playability 78

Does the Ibanez RG80F Sound Good? Tone Analysis

Wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar. Instead, the hardware, especially the pickups, will be the most important thing to look at. Bur first, let's see the quality of the wood.

Wood Used in the Ibanez RG80F

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

Meranti Body: It's an affordable wood used mainly for affordable electric guitars. It's generally lighter and softer than Mahogany.

Maple Neck: 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.

Rosewood Fretboard: 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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Pickups

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

These are active pickups, so you can expect a lot of output with a highly compressed signal that will give your tones more distortion while retaining a clear, defined sound, which is what many Heavy Metal guitarists need. However, they have the disadvantage of lacking a fully clean sound when playing without distortion.

The Ibanez RG80F's configuration is HH. With this pickup combination, you'll get warmer tones and more output than using single coils. Humbucker pickups cancel the noise that single-coil suffer from, which also results in a warmer tone. This pickup combination isn't only for high-gain music like Hard Rock or Heavy Metal. Their warmness is also popular for Jazz, Indie, R&B, Blues and more.

Versatility

It comes with the popular 3-way switch that is present in most guitars. For more versatility, guitarists tend to prefer a 5-way switch, although it all depends on what you want to use your guitar for.

It has a Multi-Voicing option. This means the pickups can change their output, tone, or sound.

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Diagram

Ibanez RG80F pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Ibanez RG80F's switch options

What music genre is the Ibanez RG80F good for?

As a 8 strings, Solid Body guitar with HH configuration and Active pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Heavy Metal 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 85
Versatility 65
Tuning Stability 65
Sound 75

How well is the Ibanez RG80F Built?

Where is the Ibanez RG80F 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 RG80F is made in Indonesia. Many people prefer the quality of an Indonesian guitar over a Chinese. Respectable brands like Epiphone, Ibanez and Schecter are building in this country because of the great quality and lower price. Some people like to compare them to the ones built in Japan during the 80s, when Japanese guitar makers made a name for themselves.

Still, remember that we're taking about Ibanez here, which is a brand with good renown. They know how to use cheap labor in this country without sacrificing too much quality. So you shouldn't end up receiving a useless or ugly instrument.

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Bridge

F108: The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo 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 RG80F has a Plastic nut. This is a low-quality nut that you might want to consider upgrading soon. Bone and TUSQ nuts are the best for guitars with a fixed or simple tremolo bridge.

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 41
Features 55
Quality Control 70
Build Quality 55

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Ibanez RG80F Specs

General
Brand: Ibanez
Year: 2021
Configuration: HH
Strings: 8
Made in: Indonesia
Series: RG
Colors: Black
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: Meranti
Bridge: F108
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On
Tuners: Ibanez
Fretboard: Rosewood
Neck Material: Maple/Walnut
Decoration: White Dot
Scale Size: 27"
Shape: Wizard II-8
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.79'' (20.1mm) - 12th Fret: 0.85'' (21.6mm)
Frets: 24 Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 16"
Nut: Plastic
Nut Width: 55mm (2.165'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way
Knobs: Dome
Pickup Mods: Multi-Voicing
Volume Controls: 1
Tone Controls: 1
Bridge Pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Ceramic-8 (Humbucker / Active)
Neck Pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern Alnico-8 (Humbucker / Active)

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