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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-30-2004, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Share the love! Behold my new SZ1220 (update 30-11)

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.

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-30-2004, 09:09 AM
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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-30-2004, 11:42 AM
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Gorgeous guitar! I find it interesting that Ibanez chose to put black plastic pickup rings on their Prestige SZ model, instead of the chrome ones that are on all the "lower" models.
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-30-2004, 01:49 PM
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Wowee! That is so nice. I think it would look great with chrome pickup rings like the lower models. The Zebra color pickups will look amazing in there too.
As for which ones? I'm going to put some paf's in my SZ. I'm going for quality of sound rather than just high output. And I want a nice clean sound so I think the paf's will do the trick. Maybe a paf pro in the bridge and a regular paf in the neck pos.
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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-31-2004, 09:47 AM
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Very nice guitar, LordHar

Extremely classy!
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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-31-2004, 11:08 AM
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I'm not really a fan of the color, but that top looks really thick!

How does a guitar like that sound compared to a Les Paul?
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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-31-2004, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Darren: I actually like the black pickup rings, but it crossed my mind to have some wooden made...... we'll see.

Rotti: I've ordered a Air Norton for the neck and a Paf Pro for the bridge position. Both in zebra creme/black. I chose the Paf above the Evolution because the Evo has a pretty strong 'sound color' and I think the Paf will do the guitar more justice.

Anders: Thanks man

Jeff: I compared her to the Gibson LesPaul Custom from a friend and although the GIbson had better pickups (81/85) in it, the sustain and 'feel' of the notes was the same, if not better. Wouldn't do a trade

I expect the Dimarzio's to arrive in about a week, I'll be updating when I've installed them.

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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-31-2004, 03:54 PM
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Hi !

Nice guitar indeed

The table seems to be 1 cm thick !

Can you conform it ?

May be you could try some "vintage" pickups in it

I've got 2 Ibanez Super 58 in my SC3120 which has quite the same profile as yours, and the tone is really fantastic...

It will sound really different from the DiMarzio's (it depends which kinf of sound you wish to have)
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-31-2004, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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According to the specs on the Ibanez site, the Maple is 16 mm thick.

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VERY NICE...What a beauty
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VERY NICE flame top !



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post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-01-2004, 12:46 PM
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nice to see something that isn't an RG for a bit of variation, cheers for the pics.

nice axe.

Any MP3's?
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post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-01-2004, 09:23 PM
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Very nice! Good call on the hardtail
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post #14 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-24-2004, 12:55 PM
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I used to have an SZ320GAB
And it was a decent guitar, the playability just wasnt that good, it wasnt bad but it wasnt the smoothest playing guitar. Definately suited for rythym not a guitar for soloing. Thats what Im looking for a non floyded shred machine!!!! Any words of wisdom about this model?
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post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-26-2004, 01:45 PM
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this is exactly what Marty Friedmann was playing in his last clinics tour
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