This is not really about an Ibanez Prestige guitar, but it is in an Ibanez Prestige guitar, so hope you forgive me for posting this anyway. I just wanted to tell you all about a new, and very cool (or at least do I think it is very cool), tremolo system that has been invented by a company here in Sweden. Me and Mattias IA Eklundh of Freak Kitchen, among some others have gotten hold of these to try. I think it is so cool, new and exciting that I felt I had to let someone know about it.
The cool thing, but not the most important thing, about this tremolo is that it eliminates a lot of the common hassles about using a floating tremolo, like being out of tune when you break a string, that you canít retune a string (for example, drop D) without the guitar going bananas, you canít bend a string without the others dropping in pitch, you canít install it without losing some tone and so on.
I was very sceptical at first, but it truly does eliminate all these problems.
But the most amazing thing is that you have one tremolo arm for each string, that are completely unaffected by each other. So you can raise the pitch on one (two or four, whatever) string while you lower it on another, and all the other stings stay perfectly in tune.
It takes a while to get used to, but it really is a way of stepping into places where guitar have never been before.
The thing that makes all these thing work is that each string has its own spring; it is like a mini tremolo system for each string. The sounds you can get with a clean tone is something of a mix between a pedal steel, a guitar with a B-bender on each string (that goes both up and down) and a normal guitar. The sounds you can get with a distorted sound is so far out there that my imagination canít see any limits to it. Bending in and out of notes being played at the same time, just amazing stuff.
I have only scratched the surface of what can be made under the days I have had it.
Anyway, enough said. Here are some shots of how it looks.
I did a very short soundclip when I first got it, just to show a friend.
It gives just a little idea of what can be done.
Here are another short clip that shows that a chord stay perfectly in tune while I tune down the low E string as much as I can.
Very exciting stuff, indeed.
What do you think, guys?