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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-09-2006, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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New sz4020

Any comments or more info about them? Was thinking whether to get them. Anyway its a korean prestige right? Which is same as sz2020? What kind of finish is that? Satin? Is it very vulnerable to scratches dings and dents?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-16-2006, 03:28 AM
 
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Re: New sz4020

it's more oil than satin- yup, dings easily but it all depends on the player: love the guitar, it'll love you back.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-21-2006, 09:59 PM
 
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Re: New sz4020

i don't think it dings much more than a painted body but i guess it depends on the thickness of the clear coat and paint.
i played the grey version of the SZ4020 recently and i really liked it. the bridge is whole new animal. i would be pestering jemsiters or Rich about what in the world to do with it for a set up and what not.
it played great, felt great (a little on the heavy side), sounded great and overall i was very pleased with it. i would keep the pups as they had a very JB/Jazz or '59 sound going on for great clean and dirty sounds in all three positions. the middle position on the switch had a nice single coil sound that really suprised me. i tried this guitar thru the new Fender Super Sonic 1x12 combo (i fell in love with that amp!!! - wholy smokes it ROCKED hard!!!). for a good quality hard tail i would surely consider this axe. i like the SZ series alltogether. simple design and effective. i have an SZ520qm on the way to me in the next week or so. i will have to change pups in that to a JB/Jazz.
the things that didn't please me about it was the unmatched flame maple top. the top half was really flamed nicely but the bottom piece had almost zero flame. i would prefer the natural finish over the grey but that is just a personal preference but the grey looked nice. the truss cover is wood so where it was "stamped" prestige it "bled" and looked kinda sloppy. for $1300 i would expect something a little nicer for a prestige. the Ibanez logo on the headstock isn't pearl or even pearloid which is another dissapointment that they went thru soooo much trouble to make such a fine instrument that they would skimp on such small details. it is not even inlaid in the headstock but i think it is an overlayed decal. tsk, tsk. i think that being a prestige should still mean something even if it was made in Korea. shame on you Ibanez for that. i would still buy this guitar if i was in the market for it.
hope this helps anyone wondering about this guitar - i was excited to hear the store i teach in had one on order and i was glad to get to try it - very nice axe!

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-07-2006, 09:54 AM
 
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Re: New sz4020

i just saw the natural in person - WOW! absolutely stunning! the top is bookmatched and flammed very heavily. i needed a bib to keep from drooling on it. Ibanez has a winner on this model! it sounds as good as it looks!

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-16-2006, 06:33 AM
 
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Re: New sz4020

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the bridge is whole new animal.

i would keep the pups as they had a very JB/Jazz or '59 sound going on for great clean and dirty sounds in all three positions.
*how new is the bridge? is it any different form the superseded 2020's?

*the pickups were modelled after Duncan's Distortion/ 59. regardless, these are impressive default units ibanez have put in their wares.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-16-2006, 02:59 PM
 
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Re: New sz4020

the bridge looks the same as the 2020. the one i saw also has an amazing flamed top. i'm very impressed.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-16-2006, 11:37 PM
 
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Re: New sz4020

in that case, it's still the same unit from the MMM1
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-17-2006, 06:12 AM
 
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Re: New sz4020

4020 bridge:


2020 bridge:
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