Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Canberra, Australia
Played the MTM2 last week
Well I went in to my local store last week and while browsing noticed that a number of the new 2007 models were appearing on the shelfs. A few new S series (320, that blue flame quilt) and RGs (no new Japanese ones yet).
I saw the new MTM2 sitting there and I thought I'd give it a bit of a bash. Wasn't quite in tune and the nut pads were still unlocked so gave it a quick tune (to the drop B it comes in). Played it acoustically and it sounded alright. The Fixed Edge III was quite comfortable, and the painted neck wasn't too bad. I don't mind the Wizard II neck profile.
One noticable issue was the condition of the fretboard. Talk about a major way of ruining the guitar potentially. The fretboard looked as dry as anything, and on closer inspection it looked as though the frets had been glued in and there was residue along the fretboard next to the frets! These two things combined made the guitar look really nasty. And at around $1100 AUD list price you would expect better.
I guess you could clean up this stuff quite easily, and I'm sure the store I was in would do it no problem if you were to buy it, but it was a bit off-putting, especially when the guitar actually played ok.