Ibanez RG9PB Overview and Best Prices

Ibanez RG9PB Review
Add to Compare
Discuss or ask a question
FIND IT ON:
Reverb logoSweetwater logo
  • 3 Prices - New from $1,299.99 >
  • From Ibanez's 2023 RG series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 9 strings
  • 28"'' scale
  • 37.402" Fretboard Radius
  • Poplar Burl top
  • Nyatoh body
  • Maple/Walnut neck
  • Macassar Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Gibraltar Standard II-9 bridge
  • Wizard-9 Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Ibanez tuners
  • See all specs and compare >

Our Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 75
Sound 79
Build quality 62
Value for money 72
Overall Score 72
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
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

Price Overview

Its average competitor's price is $1200, which means that the Ibanez RG9PB costs around 8% 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 instruments of the same category in our database with 9 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in Indonesia.

SET PRICE ALERT

These are affiliate links. We may earn a fee if you purchase after clicking. These prices are prone to error. Make sure you're buying the right product after clicking on a link from our site. We are not liable if you buy the wrong product after following these links. As an Amazon Associate site we earn from qualifying purchases.

User Feedback

Not all instruments are created equally. That's why it's important to have different opinions. Here's what our users who have played this instrument say. If you've played it before, help others by voting below!

Weight

Vote

Tuning stability

Vote

Neck speed (thickness)

Vote

Neck access to high frets

Vote

Neck profile shape

Vote

Fret edges

Vote

Pickups noise

Vote

Pickups power

Vote
View all user feedback

User Reviews

No Reviews Yet

Videos

IBANEZ RG9-BK DEMO TRACK BY ALBERT HOUWAART
Nowość 2023 - Ibanez RG9PB TGF | TV Guitar Center
IBANEZ News 2023 - Axe Design Lab
WHAT IS IBANEZ DOING IN 2023??
The Ibanez 2023 Line up
More Videos

Often Compared With

Explore All From Ibanez >

Playability

The Ibanez RG9PB 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.

New Player Friendliness

Ibanez RG9PB
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Narrow nut
  • Short scale
  • Locking tuners

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Ibanez RG9PB'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.

Big Hands
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 RG9PB's 28" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Ibanez RG9PB Scale Length Comparison
Ibanez RG9PB's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is a scale used for baritone guitars, and it's probably one of the longest scales you'll ever encounter. Since the scale is so long, the strings will have a lot of tension. 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. Standard tunings on this scale will sound a lot brighter than on a normal guitar.

More with the same scale length:

Neck Profile

Ibanez RG9PB Neck Profile
Ibanez RG9PB'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 RG9PB's neck thickness is approximately 0.846'' (21.5mm) at the first fret, and 0.925'' (23.5mm) 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.

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 RG9PB has a 37.402" fingerboard radius.

Here's an image comparing this fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Ibanez RG9PB Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Ibanez RG9PB's fretboard radius compared to others

This is as flat as it gets when it comes to fretboard radiuses. This is used exclusively on 9-string guitars because they need a huge fingerboard to fit all the thick strings. It's not really possible to build a curved fretboard for these guitars.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Ibanez RG9PB has the same radius across the board.

Playability compared to main competitors

Ibanez RG9PB
This model
28'' Scale Length
Wizard Neck Profile
2.44'' Nut Width
37.402'' Fretboard Radius
28'' Scale Length
Wizard Neck Profile
2.44'' Nut Width
37'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Ibanez RG9PB Nut Width
Ibanez RG9PB Nut Width

The Ibanez RG9PB has a nut width of 62mm (2.44''). This is considered a wide width for a 9-string guitar. It gives your fingers the extra space you need to play without muting accidentally, but this also makes bar chords harder to perform, especially if you have small hands.

Frets

The Ibanez RG9PB 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.

More with the same amount of frets:

Fret Size

Ibanez RG9PB Fret Size Comparison
Ibanez RG9PB'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 RG9PB'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.

More with the same type of frets:

Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
Chord Playability 50
Solo Playability 90
Playability 75

Tone

Wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar or bass. 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

Nyatoh wood pattern used for guitar building
Nyatoh Body
Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple Neck
Ebony wood pattern used for guitar building
Ebony Fretboard

Nyatoh Body: It's a wood type found mainly in Indonesia. It's fairly hard and durable and is becoming popular for building guitars because it isn't expensive.

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.

Ebony Fretboard: This is one of the most expensive woods there is, which is why it's mostly used for fretboards. It is dense, heavy, highly resistant and comes in a really dark color that gives any guitar a classy touch. Tone wise, it helps the high side of the spectrum and provides good sustain.

More made with the same wood:

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 players need. However, they have the disadvantage of sometimes lacking a fully clean sound when playing without distortion.

The Ibanez RG9PB'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.

More with the same pickups

Ibanez RG9PB
This model
24 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Fishman Fluence Modern Bridge Pickup
Fishman Fluence Modern Neck Pickup
24 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Fishman Fluence Modern Bridge Pickup
Fishman Fluence Modern Neck Pickup
24 Frets
Floyd Rose Bridge
Fishman Fluence Modern Bridge Pickup
Fishman Fluence Modern Neck Pickup
24 Frets
Evertune Bridge
Fishman Fluence Modern Bridge Pickup
Fishman Fluence Modern Neck Pickup
24 Frets
Floyd Rose Bridge
Fishman Fluence Modern Bridge Pickup
Fishman Fluence Modern Neck Pickup

Versatility

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

It has Multiple switch option. The first one is Coil Split. It allows you to 'split' or turn off pickup coils to get even more tones in combination with the pickup selector. When used with humbucker pickups, it'll reduce the output and increase their clarity, turning them essentially into single-coil pickups.

It also has a Multi-Voicing option. This means the pickups can change their output, tone, or sound. Piezo, Fishman and similar are considered multi-voicing pickups.

Diagram

Ibanez RG9PB pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Ibanez RG9PB's switch options

What music genre is it good for?

As a 9 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 particular one.

Sound Score

Pickups 85
Sustain 90
Versatility 69
Tuning Stability 70
Sound 79

Build Quality

Country of Origin

Knowing where the instrument 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 instruments 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 RG9PB 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.

Bridge

Gibraltar Standard II-9: 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.

More with the same type of bridge:

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 it stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Ibanez RG9PB has a Ivory Tusq nut. This material is made to look, feel and sound like Ivory. It's made of organic polymers and doesn't contain oil or animal products. This is probably the highest quality nut you can get, so you can expect good tune stability and more clear tones when playing open strings. Most people seem to agree that it looks nicer than any plastic and even some bone nuts.

More with the same nut material:

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.

More with the same build:

Build Quality Score

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

All Specs

Ibanez RG9PB
General
Brand: Ibanez
Year: 2023
Configuration: HH
Strings: 9
Made in: Indonesia
Series: RG
Colors: Black
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Top: Poplar Burl
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: Nyatoh
Bridge: Gibraltar Standard II-9
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On
Tuners: Ibanez
Fretboard: Macassar Ebony
Neck Material: Maple/Walnut
Decoration: White Dot
Scale Size: 28"
Shape: Wizard-9
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.846'' (21.5mm) - 12th Fret: 0.925'' (23.5mm)
Frets: 24 Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 37.402"
Nut: Ivory Tusq
Nut Width: 62mm (2.44'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way
Knobs: Dome
Pickup Mods: Coil Split, Multi-Voicing
Volume Controls: 1
Tone Controls: 1
Bridge Pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker / Active)
Neck Pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker / Active)