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Ibanez Promethean Pro Bass Guitar Amp

April 7, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Ibanez Promethean Pro Bass Guitar AmpIbanez Electronics has proudly extended its amplification arsenal, this time in the professional bass amp category. During winter NAMM 2009, Ibanez demonstrated their all-new Promethean Pro bass amp with the help of bassist Rufus Philpot (Planet X, Down to the Bone). Read more

Ibanez Arondite ADC120 Guitar Review

February 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Ibanez Arondite ADC120

When you consider that Ibanez has produced more than a thousand guitar models, it’s no surprise that the company delivers high quality instruments at an affordable price. The sound, look and performance of Ibanez’s Arondite and Art series are as sleek as they are reliable. Since recent years, it’s difficult to compete with “Made in China” Ibanez guitar’s from both the quality and price standpoint. Their quality control is phenomenal.

Our review model is a sleek black Arondite ADC-120:

String-thru construction, a mahogany set-in neck, attractive-eye-catching star position inlays, Ibanez bar pole piece style humbucker pickups, and a Gibraltar III bridge. The electronics include a 3 way Switch, a volume and a tone control, dual humbuckers. Overall I would give this a 9 for the simplicity and sleek looks. It’s a very clean and practical guitar. // 8

Playing through a Marshall 8100 Valvestate and a Mesa Boogie Recto 2×12 cab, and jamming out some classic rock, rock and hard rock, the tone is articulate and punchy yet articulate. The neck humbucker carries a melodious rhythm/lead, however, I do find the pickups a bit trebly, so you’ll want to adjust the amp’s EQ accordingly. If you play heavy metal, this guitar can also pull that off with ease. // 7

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Action, Fit & Finish:
Set up was spot on. The action and intonation is perfect, all it needed was to be tuned up after it arrived. The pickups were good to go, while not the hottest thing I’ve played, for a $299 brand new guitar, they’re exceptionally well. Overall the fit and finish is really nice. If you played this guitar before seeing the price tag, you would easily mistake it for being a much more expensive model. I was impressed with the finish and sound from this guitar, the low price tag makes it even better. // 8

Reliability & Durability:
I only had the review model for a couple days, but I have not discovered any serious issues as of yet. The one area that could use a little attention is the tuners, a better set tuners would make this guitar great to outstanding. Due to the simplicity of the design, less bells and whistles, I would think there isn’t much to go wrong with this guitar. Reliability & durability would seem excellent if it had better tuners. // 8

The Arondite ADC-120 is very versatile instrument with it‘s lightweight and slim-shaped neck. Personally, I’m more of a rock / rhythm player, however, my buddy who is an absolute shred monster was suitably impressed with the playability of this guitar as well. As stated above, it’s easy to confuse this guitar as a much more expensive instrument than the price tag says. // 9

The End Line
The Ibanez’s Arondite series guitars compare favorably with guitars costing two, three and even four times as much. They offer such an incredible value that they’ll make you forget the recession. In fact, most of the Arondite models sell for street prices that will leave you with change from your economic stimulus check.

  • The body is uniquely in-between a Les Paul and an Explorer
  • Strings-thru-body with 3D-adjustable [Gibraltar III ] bridge
  • Thin-style (60’s) mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and star Mother-of-Pearl / Abalone inlays
  • Made in China
  • 22 frets
  • Laminated top
  • 3-way-pickup selector switch; 1 volume control; 1 tone control
  • Two passive alnico humbuckers with bar magnets

Ibanez Fireman Cometh

February 10, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Ibanez Fireman Cometh

Ibanez’s PGMFRM1 Paul Gilbert “Fireman” is, perhaps, the prodigy to the famous Ibanez Iceman. Like the Iceman guitar, the Fireman has the signature horn, however, the horn is on top instead of the bottom. The Fireman is korina wood instead of the mahogany wood for the body, and single coils pickups instead of humbuckers.

The Ibanez Fireman has been my vehicle for single coil pickup experiments,” commented the expert guitarist. “Ibanez did a beautiful job of building this guitar, and I have really fallen in love with the look, sound, and feel of it. At first, I called it the “Reverse Iceman, but a fan wrote to me and suggested the “Ibanez Fireman,” and since fire is the opposite of ice, that’s what we ended up calling it.

What’s more, each Fireman limited edition guitar includes a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Paul Gilbert himself, and a care package of prestige gear also used and endorsed by Gilbert, which includes: EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones by Direct Sound Headphones, LLC, a Fireman Special strap by Hippie Strap, a BC 30′ Coil Cable by Core One Creative, Inc., and more. As with all Ibanez Japanese-made artist signature instruments, handcrafted and prestige reissues, the Fireman includes a hardshell case, designed to fit the guitar‘s extraordinary shape.

The Fireman, which bestow extensive handcrafted work, is made by the expert builders of Ibanez, the same luthiers who crafted the limited edition Bob Weir, Artist AR5000RE, and Artwood Double Neck reissues by Ibanez, as well as the 30th Anniversary Musician Commemorative Bass (which was unveiled along with the Fireman at the 2009 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim). Only 45 Paul Gilbert Fireman guitars will be available worldwide.

History of Paul Gilbert
One of the most skilled musicians in the art of instrumental rock guitar, Paul Gilbert is not only one of the fastest on the fingerboard, but one of the most musical. Gilbert’s impressive career includes Racer X, Mr. Big, his own solo works as well as teaching in both the United States and Japan (where Paul enjoys considerable praise and popularity). While his 2009 PGM20TH Twentieth Anniversary, Fireman, and PGM401 signature models all celebrate the 20 years since the debut of his signature legendary PGM model, his relationship with Ibanez is actually quite a few years long, which includes his stellar performance at the Ibanez GuitarMania concert at the 1987 Summer NAMM Show, considered to be the “rebirth” of Ibanez with its new roster of maestro guitarists. In addition, Paul Gilbert is both an in-demand practitioner for Ibanez and arguably the most famous collector of vintage Ibanez guitars in the world.

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Ibanez Fireman Rear


Ibanez JS2PRM Chromeboy Photo Gallery

January 17, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

Featured images of a rare Ibanez JS2PRM (Premium Rock Mirror) Joe Satriani Chromeboy – Read more info on the Ibanez JS2PRM Chromeboy
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