A total turnaround
Hi there fellas'
I've always regarded Ibanez as a quality brand. Ever since I sold my 1987 model jem back in the day. Well I didn't bond with that one at that particular time and when we add into the mix how young, stupid and utterly useless as a guitarplayer I was, what happens ? Yup I sold it at half price cause this thing did nothing to help me become malmsteen ;o)
Anywhoo, Ibanez has always been in the back of my mind since then, like a promise yet to be fullfilled.
I had a musicman axis super sport and an Esp Horizon nt ll. I wanted to be like everyone else and add a strat to the collection. So I pick up this very nice american standard strat. A sunburst beauty that would surely do it for me since it was a strat and it was beautiful.
After three days I had developed a deep and pure hatred of that thing. It sounded like anus with it's duck like voice via them single coils. I hated how it played and generally was actually thinking about making a video of me burning it.
Well I was angry and that guitar fuelled that rage and was also the root of it.
The thing is I just don't dig strats, and I know this because I've had them before in my 25 years or so of playing.
So why the hell did I buy this one ? Well the damage is done I thought so I'll take it to the local fender dealer and see what I can get for it.
He was willing to give me a very good price for it, almost what I had paid so this was turning out rather well.
I start looking at amps and one in particular, peavey 6534. I fire it up and start browsing the store for some guitar to plug into it. One thing for sure I was not going to use the infernal crap I had just brought in so I went looking while the tubes were warming up.
I see a rather boringly plain black hardtail ibanez. Hmmm ok I like hardtails so let's try this one. It was the 1451 black crow.
Long story short.
The amp sounded amazing but I walked out with the Ibanez.
After having that one at home for a month I had sold all my other guitars cause this was what I've been searching for all my life.
So I decide to get my self a sevenstring. I haven't played them alot and therefore didn't want to shell out too much money if I didn't like it. I have the shop special order the 827 premium.
I got it today and almost everything is as it should be. The colour is right, the neck is stunning but there is one string missing ? They ordered the wrong one so I got the 870 instead. I called them and they said very sorry just bring it back and will order the correct one for you. So I'll have to wait another 4-6 weeks for it.
After dinner I couldn't resist, when I saw it was a sixstring to day I just boxed it up again and didn't play it. Well after dinner I took it out of the case and plugged it in.
I am absolutely floored by this thing. It sounds, plays and feels amazing. I'm not sure I can let it go and wait for the right one so I think I'll keep it and when the money is right I'll just add a sevenstring to my growing collection of Ibanez guitars.
What the hell are the people at Ibanez snorting to make such wonderful instrumensts ? In my 25 years of guitarplaying and with huge amounts of cash invested through out the years in some of the finest boutiqe guitars out there I have never been happier with my gear.
I'm not sure I will ever play anything else again.
Sorry for the absurdedly long post but this is just my way of saying hi.