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The GRX40 is an RX series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez for 2000. It is part of the entry-level GIO line. It was also sold as part of the GRX40J, IJX40 and IJS40 Jumpstart packages which also contain a practice amp and various accessories. It has been produced in both China and Indonesia.

The GRX40 features a solid body mated to a maple neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. Components include Ibanez pickups in and HSS configuration and a six-screw synchronized tremolo bridge.

In mid-2017 a new fretboard material, treated New Zealand pine, replaced rosewood.[1][2]

It was produced simultaneously in China and in Indonesia; as such, multiple versions of this guitar exist for the different markets. For example, guitars sold in Asia since 2015 are equipped with the FAT-6 tremolo while those sold in other markets have the "standard tremolo". Starting in 2018 the GRX40 sold in the US market has a T106 tremolo. For 2019 the T106 tremolo was used in GRX40s sold worldwide. For 2020 the fretboard was changed to jatoba.

This same model is also known as the GRX40A in Japan and the GRX40Z in the USA. The GRX45 is a similar model without a pickguard.

Specifications

Specifications for GRX40
Model name: GRX40 / GRX40A / GRX40Z / GRX40J / IJX40 / IJS40
Year(s) produced: 2000–2021
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: China / Indonesia
Finish(es): Black (BK) 2000–2004 / Black Night (BKN) 2005–2021 / Beam Blue (BMB) 2007–2015 / Butterscotch Transparent? (BT) 2003–2004 / Candy Apple (CA) / Chocolate Brown Flat (CWF) 2014–2015 / Jewel Blue (JB) 2000–2004, 2006–2009 / Metallic Grape (MG) 2000–2004 / Metallic Light Blue (MLB) 2015–2021 / Metallic Light Green (MGN) 2015–2021 / Metallic Red (MR) 2000–2004; 2010 / Navy Metallic (NM) 2002–2006 / Orange (OR) 2009–2010 / Pale Blue (PB) 2009 / Pastel Blue (PB) 2010–2011 / Pearl White (PW) 2005–2015 / Sunburst (SB) 2004, 2009–2010, 2014 / Starlight Blue (SLB) 2006–2012 / Transparent Blue (TB) 2001–2005 / Trifade Burst (TFB) 2005–2020 / Transparent Red (TR) 2000–2005 / White (WH) 2007–2009 / Yellow (YW) 2009–2010
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
2000–2014: Agathis or basswood
2015–2021: Poplar
Neck joint:
Bolt-on
Bridge:
2000–2004: Standard tremolo
2002–2004: FAT-10 tremolo
2005–2014: FAT-6 tremolo
2015–2018: (Asia only) FAT-6 tremolo
2015–2018 (Outside Asia): Standard tremolo
2018 (USA/Japan only): T106 tremolo
2019–2021: T106 tremolo (10.5mm string spacing)
Pickguard:
3-ply: white/ black/ white
Knob style:
Plastic top hat (white)
Hardware color:
Chrome
Neck
Neck type:
GRX
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
2000–2017: Rosewood
2017–2019: Treated New Zealand pine
2020–2021: Jatoba
Fingerboard inlays:
White dot
Frets:
22 / medium
Nut:
Black plastic (42mm)
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HSS
Bridge pickup:
2000–2014: Ibanez PSND2 or STD-H1/STD-H3 or unknown "humbucking" (H)
2015–2021: Ibanez Infinity R (H) passive/ ceramic
Middle pickup:
2000–2014: Ibanez PSNDS or STD-S1 or unknown "single coil" (S)
2015–2021: Ibanez Infinity RS middle (S) passive/ ceramic
Neck pickup:
2000–2014: Ibanez PSNDS or STD-S1 or unknown "single coil" (S)
2015–2021: Ibanez Infinity RS neck (S) passive/ ceramic
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever pickup selector
String gauge (factory):
.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Pickups

At least five different pickup sets are known for this guitar. Whether these pickups really differ or are just the same pickups with different names is not clear.

Neck Pickup Mid Pickup Bridge Pickup
Set 1 PSNDS PSNDS PSND2
Set 2 STD-S1 STD-S2 STD-H1
Set 3 STD-S1 STD-S2 STD-H3
Set 4 Single Coil Single Coil Humbucking
Set 5 Infinity R (S) Infinity R (S) Infinity R (H)

Images

Additional finishes/ details
GRX40 BK.jpg
Black
GRX40 BKN.jpg
Black Night
GRX40 BMB.gif
Beam Blue
GRX40 CWF.jpg
Chocolate Brown Flat
GRX40 JB.jpg
Jewel Blue
GRX40 MR.jpg
Metallic Red
GRX40 MGN.png
Metallic Light Green
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Metallic Light Blue
GRX40 NM.jpg
Navy Metallic
GRX40A OR.gif
Orange
GRX40A PB.gif
Pale Blue
GRX40 PW.gif
Pearl White
GRX40 SLB.jpg
Starlight Blue
GRX40 SB.jpg
Sunburst
GRX40 TB.jpg
Transparent Blue
GRX40 TR.jpg
Transparent Red
GRX40 TFB.gif
Trifade Burst
GRX40 WH.jpg
White
GRX40A YW.gif
Yellow
HSS 5-way split.png
Pickup switching
Controls VT5.png
Control layout
2021 GRX40 BKN 5Y 01 back.jpg
Rear of body

Video

Ibanez GRX40 Demo by Nico Schliemann


Sources

  1. GRX40Z product page, Ibanez USA (website), archived from the original September 2017
  2. GRX40 product page, Ibanez Canada (website), archived from the original September 2017