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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-11-2002, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Jennifer Batten

Hello all, I'm new to the form and have a couple of questions that someone here may have an answer to. I just bought a nice pl2550 off of EBay (#H860093) for $340 US. It looks like a nice guitar, but the seller had it up as a "Jennifer Batten Model". I knew she had been with Ibanez in the eighties and early ninties and other than her Washburn sig model I didn't know if she had had one before. Here is the ebay link http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...16248&rd=1

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-11-2002, 11:02 PM
 
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To my knowledge, Jennifer Batten never played a Pro Line. The only Ibanez i really recall seeing her photographed with was the S series.

If it doesn't have a bunch of screw holes in the headstock from where she would have had a string damper, it probably was never hers... and she never had a true Ibanez signature model available on the market.
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The guitar is an 86 by the look of the serial number. I went to JB's site and sent her a message asking the same thing (still waiting for a responce). Does anyone have any of the catalogs from that far back? Even so, I still think I got a good deal regardless of the sig on it.

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Those Pro Line models are definitely nice guitars. Especially the neck-thru models. Probably comparable to a Japanese-made Soloist. Their "preset" switching scheme was a little oddball, though.
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Cool, I wasn't aware there was a neck-through Pro Line. FWIW, the 94 catalog shows her with what looks like a white RG with 2 singles (and a bucker??), no pick guard.
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Yes- the only guitars I remember seeing her with were RG's... and an S here and there.
I love this custom RG she had... I snapped the photo from the Above Below and Beyond CD.
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I only remember her with an RG too. Regardless of the sig I HAVE A PL-2550!!!! WOOOOOOO!!!!!!
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The '89 catalog has a pic of her holding a red 540S. You can see it by checking out the catalog on Rich's site (Ibanez Rules link from JemSite)
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The '93 catalogue also has a pic of her holding an S, in case anyone cares.
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IVe always been interested in those guitars because of the lights beside the volume knobs. ITs hard to get an exact click on stage in the dark without having to fiddle. If anyone has one of these they want to get rid of give me an email
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Lights beside the volume controls?
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I think he is referring to the buttons that deactivate the five-way switch and turn on the different pickups. I was looking at that post myself and wondered the same thing, hehe. For those not familliar with this guitar it has an arrangement of push button controls above the five-way switch that can turn on any combination of pickups you can think of. The last one sets the bridge pickup to humbucking (for those that love tapping, and don't we all ;')

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No no no. The row of diodes (or at least little light bulbs) beside of the volume knob. They are SUPPOSED to light up when these things are working properly, in accordance with how high or low the volume knob is set. These lights can be seen more clearly in the links below. Ive only used two of these, and the one in the ebay picture at least LOOKED like the same setup. If you notice the links I gave you have a non-floating edge trem as well, and the guitar is neck through. Weird huh.

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Here is a better couple of pics of this model http://www.geocities.com/xcvxcv65/ib...L2550-2660.htm (it is slow to load so wait) and it clearly shows that these are buttons and not diodes or lights. Since this was such a different kind of idea I can see where someone may get confused. The PL2660 is the Randy Rhodes model and it has the same sort of feature.

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The five buttons were Ibanez's "preset" switching system. The three white buttons were on/off switches for the individual pickups, and the two black switches activated presets. I think the black switch closest to the neck activates whatever is set on the white switches, overriding the 5-way selector. The other black one must activate the bridge pickup only.

I've never really seen clear documentation on how the system works. I remember trying it once when these guitars first came out, and i couldn't make sense of it. Part of the problem is that Ibanez pickups from that era (in my opinion) didn't have terribly distinctive tones, making it a little more difficult to discern different tones from different positions.

By the way, i love the white gold/pearl nickel hardware on those Pro Line guitars!
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