The pictures don't do this baby justice. Specs and first impressions below.
I'm feeling like a five year old kid on christmas morning.
The specs for the Ibanez SZ1220 Prestige are:
- One piece Mahogany set-in neck.
- AAA Flamed Maple/Mahogany body
- Medium frets (22)
- Gibraltar III bridge
- Ibanez pickups
- No inlay's on the neck, small abalone side markers.
- Triple position switch, Bridge, Neck and Bridge+Neck.
- Volume for Bridge pu, Volume for Neck pu and Overal Tone control.
- Very nice (green interior) Prestige case that smells fantastic
My first impressions:
The first time I saw it was when I was browsing the Ibanez site. (Dutch portal). My other guitars all are thin(ner) type necks with 24 frets etc. You're basic RG model. I was looking for a heavier Les Paul type of guitar and this one caught my eye.
When you pick it up, the first thing you'll notice is how heavy it is. (especially compared to my Parker). The finish on the body feels smooth like satin. The 'natural' binding around the body provides for a great looking contrast between the flamed maple top and the mahohany body. (The binding is actually the maple top without the color-stain).
The neck is much thicker than I am normally used to, but very comfertable to play. The bindings around the neck and headstock look great and the inlay-free-fretboard is to dream for.
The controls feel very solid and heavy. I guess this is a feature of the prestige line. The ibanez pickups sound decent but lack the growl/bite I have in mind. So I'm thinking of replacing them with an Dimarzio Air Norton (zebra creme/black) in the neck position and either an Evolution/Paf Pro (also zebra creme/black) in the Bridge position. If anyone has any good idea's for other pickups and/or combo's, let me know.
Repeat after me: "Sustain for day's!". I played it last night, woke up this morning and it was still playing
The bottom line: I'm in love.