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Ibanez PGM 301

 
Ibanez teamed up with Paul Gilbert to produce the incredible PGM301. - Featuring a bolt-on 5 piece PGM Prestige neck topped with jumbo frets. The basswood body creates a unique balance of warm, sustaining tone and lightweight agility and comfort for any guitarist. You will definitely love this axe. Pickups include a DiMarzio PAF Pro in the neck and bridge position and a DiMarzio JEM Single coil in the middle position for tons of tone options.


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Sound If shredding is the name of your game, then the Paul Gilbert signature PGM301 has probably been on your wishlist. It's bright, articulate tone cuts through the heaviest of high gain amps with utmost clarity. While my PGM301 was acquired secondhand (and equipped with a EVOII in the bridge) it still didn't detract much from it's mission: SHRED.

Clean sounds are beautiful on any amp. I have used it on Mesa's, 5150's, cheap tube amps, solid states, JC-120s...all kinda of amps...and still..the PAF Pro and Jem single coil when combined on the neck or split coil modes sing out with a crystalline jangle. The unpolished maple neck gives the PGM301 a little "spank" sound that is slightly reminiscent of a telecaster when the volume is rolled of...very very cool. Sometimes however, the PGM301 lacks depth and warmth, and takes extra time dialing in your amp to counteract for the guitars lack of "ballsiness" because of the maple neck and wiring schematic (hard wired directly to one volume knob).

When you hit the PGM301 with gain, the fact that the pickups are hard wired become clear: more tone and clarity. Notes on every part of the neck sing out. Nothing becomes muddy, ever. Every pick attack is pronounced and every palm mute is perfectly articulate. The guitar is brightly voiced and can call forth a little feedback on high gain settings, but musically. Treble presence is OUTRAGEOUS, with bass being rolled off a little for a more "shreddy" sound from the maple neck. Again, with the right EQ; this guitar is a perfect rock/shred machine, but has alot of versatility thanks to the split coil sounds and the ability to roll off the volume for many different tones.


Action, Fit, & Finish Whoa...fastest Ibanez neck ever made? I do believe so...From the first time I picked this guitar up, the action was flawless. Fret levels and beveling were of the usual Prestige workmanship - fantastic. The gleaming white paint doesn't scratch that easily (unlike black or blue paints!) and on stage it's an instant eye catcher! The sweet black painted F-holes are also awesome. People are always asking me if it's a hollow body, and I have to tell them "No, it's a solid body! Check it out, that's painted on!" For being a signature guitar, alot of people definitely notice this guitar on stage for its cool looks and hot shredding sound.


Reliability & Durability I've had my PGM301 for about a year and a half now and while on and off i've wanted to sell it for something a little more "me", I keep holding on to it. Not because it's someone else's signature guitar, but because it's durable and it sounds amazing under the right conditions. The hardtail is incredibly low maintenence for those who hate FR guitars. The finish has hardly collected any scratch or swirl marks (awesome for how much use my guitars see on stage and touring). They constantly sound amazing, and people always love it when I pull out a cool looking Ibanez. Win. Win. Win.


Customer Support Ibanez is always timely, though I haven't had to deal lately.


Liked about it 1) Hot shredding fury.
2) Fastest Ibanez neck I've ever laid my hands on.
3) Looks to match.


Didn't like 1) Sometimes sounds a little "too shreddy"
2) Because of #1, I sometimes want to sell this guitar...wow.

No matter of my love/hate relationship with this axe: it gets 5 shredtacular stars!


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By SonicProvocateur
Mar 05, 2010
 
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A Real Shred Machine!! featured

Sound The PGM301 has become an iconic guitar. The white finish and black f-holes really set the guitar apart from the rest. The Dimarzio Paf-pro's are a great complement to the Basswood body. I ran this guitar through a plethora of tube amplifiers, as well as my Podxt and it sounded great no matter what i threw at it. The neck profile is very comfortable without being too thin that there's nothing to hold onto. The guitar has very basic features, but it certainly can get the Job done.


Action, Fit, & Finish Action from the factory was perfect. Ibanez usually does a decent job at setting up their guitars, so i didn't need to do much other than restring it with .09 gauge strings. The paint finish on Ibanez guitars is usually fairly thin. It doesn't take much to dent or ding the guitar. All I have to say is this: If its good enough for paul gilbert, its good enough for me!


Reliability & Durability Stays in tune well and performs nicely. You certainly don't need a back up guitar with this one around. It can handle low tunings, as well as drop tunings nicely. Like i mentioned before, the finish is fairly thing, but guitars are dent magnets any! Only the first one hurts.


Customer Support Never had to deal with them, but they back their products 100 percent.


Liked about it 1.) The visual appearance. The F holes are really unique on an electric guitar geared towards rock.
2.) The neck profile is amazing. Next to the RG550, the PGM301 is my next favorite profile.
3.) The pickup configuration is phenomenal. PAF pro's can handle anything you throw at em'. They handle high gain and low gain distortion nicely.
4.) The AANJ heel. Having that extra room down by the 24th fret really helps when it comes time to get down to buisness.


Didn't like I have nothing negative to add, other than the thin coated paint finish. This isn't unique just to the PGM, its all Ibanez guitars in general. The PGM301 is an excellent example of how an Ibanez should perform; Fast, articulate, and loud!!


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By sirshredsalot
Feb 26, 2010
 
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Sound Sound? Can I use the word perfect? My first Paul Gilbert Model. I did obtain mine used, for a tasty price, but came to me with all the life left in it (one small chip on the bottom edge). It came to me with a dead PAF Pro in the neck. I moved the PAF Pro from the bridge to the neck, added The Breed to the bridge, and, just for the hell of it, swapped the JEM single coil with an Area '67 (as an homage to the "new" Paul).

My general rig: Peavey Classic 50/50 power amp, Rocktron VooDu Valve, PRS 2 x 12 cab. My alternative rig: Randall RM100, Kirk Hammett sig 4 x 12 cab.

I have modded my PGM from the orignal p'up config, so I may not have the last word on a stocker's sound. I have always loved PAFs and have them in a JEMFP, RGT, and a PGM100RE. The guitar as I possess it ROCKS! I play anything from blues - bluesy rock - rock - classic rock - hair metal - heavy metal - and anything in between. This guitar fits the bill. This guitar always sings. If you're going clean - she's clean. If you hit up your gain - she screams! This guitar is one of my stage favorites as it can handle anything you throw her way.


Action, Fit, & Finish Although used, the guitar was quite nice when it came to me. Sans a chip on the bottom edge it was perfect. Ibanez always does send out a nice guitar from the factory. The frets were finished nicely and all the hardware is brilliant. I really don't have anything bad to say about any Ibanez guitar I've purchased.

The guitar is fun and fast. I've heard people say about guitars that "they play themselves." Well, this one surely falls into that category. The stoptail is a nice change from the Edge tremolo system. I prefer the Tight End, but this one works too. It's nice to have an Ibanez guitar without the locking trem system. Don't get me wrong, I'd never get rid of my Edge guitars, but it's nice to play this on stage when you don't need the whammy. The standard Ibanez PGM H/S/H p'up config is brilliant as always. This guitar is just fun to play. The maple fretboard guides your hand up and down the neck. The reverse headstock is just cool, the F- Holes are the coolest. You ALWAYS have someone come up to you after a show and ask about the guitar. Most people haven't seen a PGM. The F Holes and reverse headstock make her memorable.


Reliability & Durability I would NEVER bring just one guitar to a gig, BUT if I absolutely had to bring just one guitar. THIS would be the guitar I took with me. The safety of not have a locking trem certainly soothes my mind about string breakage (to a point).

The paint on this model seems thin and dainty. This may be the only bad thing I have to say about the guitar. I have played it a lot and the finish isn't wearing, but it does have a chip or two in it from me and I am SUPER careful with my guitars.


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Liked about it 1) F HOLES
2) Reverse Headstock
3) Maple fretboard


Didn't like 1) Slightly dainty finish.


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By DrewIvy
Jul 15, 2010
 
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