Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Tone characteristics of Jumbo Frets?
Hi all- I'm very new to this world of super-strat guitars with my recent acquisition of an RG520QS. I did have, for a short time, an LTD MH100QM, and it had a similar issue to what I'm going to discuss, so I'm wondering if it has something to do with high(er) output pickups or, methinks more likely, the (extra) jumbo frets.
The overdriven and distorted sounds I'm getting from the RG are of course sick. I love the blooming harmonics especially. The downside is that I can't get a decent clean tone to save my life. I have always thought that bands using Ibanez guitars for clean passages have sounded thin, un-guitar-like, and frankly weak. I'm not just talking about lacking low end- I can always adjust the frequency curve via the amp. I'm just saying the quality of the tone is not what I want to hear.
To get specific, I really dislike the ultra-high frequency sounds I'm getting associated with slides, hammer-ons, and sometimes bends as well. I had this problem- though MUCH worse- with the LTD, which had the active, ultra-mega-super hot SD Blackouts on it. Both guitars have extra jumbo frets (I think- they must be extra, because I don't think they could be any bigger). The other, similar problem is the way the tone just dies when I bend on the unwound strings, especially at or above the 12th fret.
I guess my question is, does anyone know what I'm talking about? Does this high-frequency sound just go with the territory of big frets? I'm not sure which pickups are on this guitar, but they are Dimarzios- perhaps Tone Zone and/or Humbucker from Hell.
I'm beginning to wonder if I'm the kind of guy who has fallen for the feel and design of Ibanez, but simply craves the tone of a more traditional guitar- namely, LP, SG or Strat.
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