Hello Jemsiters, here's my review on the beautiful Ibanez JBM100. I guess that somebody interested in this model can get a pretty good idea on how cool it is.
Body shape is the RGA Shape, which I find very very comfortable and classier (if you will) than the standard flat RG Shape that we all love. The body is Mahogany with topped with a quite thick Maple Top, and the solution adopted for the binding is pretty damn classy, nice touch for sure. The Maple binding idea interests the neck too, and creates a cool contrast with the satin finish. Neck wood is Maple with a Bubinga stripe in the middle; it has a volute at the opposite side of the Locking Nut, like on most J-Customs.
Being a Top-of-the-Line Ibanez, it can proudly sport a Lo-Pro Edge bridge and Top Lock.
Great added/bonus feature are the Sperzel Locking Tuners in place of the known Gotoh tuners; I honestly think that every guitar with a Double Locking System should be equipped with Locking Tuners too: that really helps tuning stability (and if you are a lazyass like myself, you don’t have to worry about too much/much less turns on the posts with the strings)
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I just love the way this DiMarzio Titans sound. I always (well, 90% of the time) found bridge pickups to be too much high-endy for my taste, but the Tiatan Bridge just sounds awesome.
Plenty of bite for single note stuff and plenty of clarity for big chords ( F#7(Add4), any Rush fans there?), without the annoying high-end frequencies I was referring about. They nailed it.
Great great neck pickup, super sweet and round without being muddy; position 2 & 4 really add versatility to the whole instrument. On Position 2 the Inner coils of the two pickups are active, while Posistion 4 has the Titan Neck wired in parallel. Position 3 is the standard LP configuration.
Well, I’m pretty in love with it….I guess you understood that. The only thing I think that’s missing are Stainless Steel Frets. Don’t get me wrong, the Jumbo frets on it are perfect, but I just like my frets to be SS.
So, in the end, It doesn’t really matter if you are a fan of Periphery or not, this guitar is a really fine instrument, and it really represents Ibanez high standards.
P.S.: It would be foolish of me to leave you with just a written Review, so here it is my take on Dream Theater’s Forsaken.
(You can find all the information regarding the Signal Chain in the description of the video)
Thanks to everybody!