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Ibanez SA260FM Electric Guitar

Another nicely-priced and beautifully-finished Ibanez electric with some cool tone-shaping features.

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A mid-line offering from Ibanez with a neat feature. featured

Sound Ibanez introduced their "True-Duo Bucker" technology a while back. The bridge pickup is composed of a humbucker and a stacked single-coil and can be switched between the two via a push-pull tone control. This gives you the option of this being an H-S-S guitar or an S-S-S guitar. In the S-S-S configuration the bridge "single-coil" is hum-cancelling and has strong output as it's a stacked single-coil. This is a cool tonal option from Ibanez but the truth is that the difference between humbucking and single-coil mode, especially on high-gain patches isn't that pronounced--it really shines on cleaner patches. The middle and neck pickups have fairly high output as well. The SAT Pro II tremolo doesn't really stay in tune that well but I plan to put Sperzels on, so I'm not that worried about it. My main setup consists of the following:

Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MK II into 4 x 12 w/Vintage 30's
Marshall JVM410H into 4 x 12 w/Jensen 60's
Hughes & Kettner SwitchBlade into 4 x 12 w/Celestion G12T-50's
"Secret" stereo rig into 4 x 12 w/Celestion G12T-75's and Vintage 30's

I replaced the stock strings which felt like 10's with Aurora Green .009's and they feel and sound great.
I also replaced the middle pickup with a Dimarzio Virtual Vintage '54 and the neck pickup with a Cruiser neck. Now there's not a sound I can't get out of this guitar.

Action, Fit, & Finish The neck is a nice thinner "C" shape and plays comfortably. I like the factory set-up and haven't adjusted anything as I like the way it plays. As mentioned before, the tremolo doesn't stay in tune very well but I plan to install Sperzels. Pickups were adjusted well, but I replaced them anyway to suit my tastes.

Customer Support Haven't had to deal with customer support.

Liked about it Beautiful trans emerald finish.
True-duo bucking system provides tonal variations.
Comfortable neck.

Didn't like Stock pickups were a little high-output for classic strat tones.
Tremolo doesn't stay in tune--any guitar without a double-locking tremolo should have locking tuners.

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By racerevlon
Jan 15, 2010
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nice for the money

Sound I didn't get this with stock pups. It had duncan JB on bridge. With the mahogany body and maple neck it sounded pretty good. Great for hardrock and mellower stuff.

Liked about it Neck was comfy and nice.

Guitar resonated reasonably well for being a low end model.

This one looked magnificient wit it's maple top and mahogany body.

Didn't like The bridge was awful, I had to block it straight away as it didn't stay in tune at all when it was "floating".

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By FrostStorm
Jan 21, 2010
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