I almost posted this exact same topic yesterday. The report is loaded with such ignorance and errors, its humorous. Is there any way to write these jokers and point out their mistakes?
Here's the report:
"Steve Vai inspired Ibanez’s first 12-string guitar. But the credit for bringing the 7-string into the multi-platinum mainstream (sorry, Steve) clearly goes to Head and Munky of the band Korn. It’s only fitting, therefore, that Ibanez release a Korn model guitar.
But upon first glance, the ax looks pretty much like your standard-fare Ibanez 12-string, equipped with a locking nut, two humbuckers, a three-way pickup switch and a Floyd Rose-style “Lo Pro” bridge.
The only noticeable differences was the lack of a tone knob, a “K-7” fretboard inlay and the “U-Bar” bridge (a metal guard that protects the fine tuners while you mute power chords). Trouble is, with the guard in, there’s nowhere for the vibrato arm to go. Wouldn’t it make more sense just to have a stop tailpiece?
“Head and Munky came up with the idea,” an Ibanez spokesperson said.
Truth be known, we were lucky to get that much information. Barely anyone in the Ibanez booth seemed too willing to talk. Those we did manage to talk to offered little insight as to the particulars of the instrument. And a brochure was not available.
So unless someone at Ibanez enlightens us, we’re assuming this is your basic 7-string, with a single fancy inlay, a metal guard and a $1,799.99 price tag.
Don’t get us wrong, Ibanez makes some of the world’s finest guitars. But we’d suggest you snag Ibanez’s RG7421XLGN hard tail 7-string model ($799.99), slap on a “Korn” sticker and pocket the extra grand."
-Twice they say 12-string instead of 7!
-They fail to understand the concept of the U-bar.
-They do not make any remarks about being able to replace the U-bar with a standard bar, nor the possibility of using this trem as a lefty Lo-Pro Edge.
-They do not mention the guitar body is mahogany.
-They do not mention the fact that the guitar comes with the very cool PAF-7s instead of the Ibanez V7-7 and V9-7 pickups.
Even if the Ibanez reps weren't very helpful, everything I pointed out (with the exception of the lefty-trem possibility) can be found on Harmony Central's page in the K-7 PR
they ran! They had the info, just failed to recognize it. If they didn't, they shouldn't have written a piece on it.
(Edited by cmartin at 4:58 pm on Jan. 25, 2001)