That makes alot of sense. White and black are base colors so they would stand out more with various lighting and such.It's funny about the color. I had a couple of candy apple red guitars and a metallic turquoise. For acoustic I had a few Gibsons and Martins that had a nice deep brown mahogany color. All those were gorgeous in person but none of them looked good on stage at night or during the day. Stuff I don't take to like white, black, and gold actually look the best. Black and gold are great during the day and for night gigs, nothing cuts through visually quite like white or off white. Colored stage lights also make white a great color for a guitar.
Colors are kind of like sounds.
What sounds great on a guitar with just an amp and distortion pedal is often too weak to cut through the mix of a band or recording. A less buzzy distortion with some nice clean highs work better with other instruments also playing and cut through better on a recording. But just by itself, that clean and slightly distorted guitar tone doesn't seem to have enough balls and distortion. Sometimes the simple stuff, colors or sounds, end up working the best in real life. So for now, probably, until the end of the year, the Iron Labels in the states for sale will be those stage worthy all black or all white models.
Ibanez has never been shy about introducing new colors, model tweaks, and completely new concepts (like Fireman, Talman, Artcore all next to the perennial and trusty RGs) into year and every year so 2014 should predictably be a great one.
It's not typical of the 7 and 8 strings. Because a lot of the extended range stuff is tied in with metal, black hardware seems to be the logical choice. My metal guitar had black hardware and black nut but I went out and bought all chrome parts, beige pickup rings, and beige nut. Most would have not done that but if possible I like the harken to the closest thing to what Fender or Gibson it is closest to. Mine is a Viper which is a knock off of the SG and most SGs were chrome hardware.Why do 7 & 8 exotics have gold hardware. I am not a fan at all of that option and I think its looks cheap. Although the RG8 look really great in red with the EMGs.
It's basically a shorter body, like the Scofield, but otherwise has the same standard 24.75" inch scale length. Unlike the Scofield, it doesn't have a pickguard but bridge and tailpiece are the same Gotoh models.Wooo, that Eric Krasno looks sweet
It says Made in Japan below the guitar name so it's not a premiumIt's basically a shorter body, like the Scofield, but otherwise has the same standard 24.75" inch scale length. Unlike the Scofield, it doesn't have a pickguard but bridge and tailpiece are the same Gotoh models.
I would think the slightly hotter wound 36th anniversary PAFs to be very similar to Super 58s with the basic baseline of a 1950s PAF but with modern midrange boost for lead soloing.
It looks to be a premium guitar through and through. I do wish that they made one in natural like Krasno's favorite older Ibanez AS200. A five piece maple and walnut neck would be perfect with that one, as came on the old maple AS200s and would have looked incredibly sharp with an ebony fretboard. At one time Ibanez did have a high end, all natural and flamed maple AS model with five piece neck in the Chinese made Artcore AS103. But it's hard to get perfect and flawless flamed maple of that quality to be able to show off in a natural finish and a Japanese made all natural flamed maple guitar could be too expensive.
Less than stellar flamed maple can look pretty good with an all encompassing wine red finish and probably why they did it that way, unlike Krasno's all maple AS200. Sunburst flamed maple guitars like Scofields also have very little room for era in center of guitar which shows the wood perfectly. But edge to edge, naked flamed maple with perfection is very rare and akin to high end Gibson Super 400s and L5s.
Oops I meant premium in that it is a top of the liner. It's actually a Prestige line guitar, properly, and very nice.It says Made in Japan below the guitar name so it's not a premium
Are the Benson and the Scofield in the same price range? I've actually never seen a Scofield before so I don't even know how much it could cost. All I know is that the Japanese site says nothing about it and I don't think they are selling them here currently.
Well it's funny because Vai keeps using his 3 main axes evo, flo, and bo and you dont see him use his pink or any older crazy colored jems ever. So essentially, the new Krasno is kinda like the more recent FP2: Steve has one or 10 in his house but he doesn't take them with him on his tours. I could see the same thing happening to this Krasno, unless he decides to use it along with his 200. From the way you describe it, he only uses 1 guitar and doesn't deviate, kinda like Timmons.Oops I meant premium in that it is a top of the liner. It's actually a Prestige line guitar, properly, and very nice.
It's a perfectly executed guitar but not all that close to the one he uses even now. I would think if you want a replica or real guitar used by artist, you have to be exact like Jems, Satch, and Timmons. Again the price of a nice, natural flamed maple guitar from Japan would kick it up too high in price so it's a compromise. It's $2799 street price is high enough. I don't at all mind cherry red trans finish and I have a cherry red AS73 and I love it. The cherry is dark wine like the Krasno so it does hide a lot of the wood and grain. A lot of imperfections can be hidden so that lowers the cost of the type of flame you need to acquire.
The all mahogany neck on the guitar is similar in design to AS53s and AS73s and at least the Krasno model could have employed a stronger and more expensive three piece mahogany and maple design but better yet the original five piece maple and walnut stripe neck as on the natural AS200s and more recent Artcore AS103s. It's all in the details when you get up into the Prestige price range.
I am sure Krasno will play the official mahogany necked, red signature model along with his favored all natural AS200 with five piece maple and walnut neck. The way the current Krasno model does seem to cut corners in a way that would be appropriate for a Chinese model that is an approximation. What the current Krasno has that makes it close is the dual DiMarzio 36th PAFs so the sound is there 99% percent.
Krasno also has a Gibson semi-hollowbody that he seems to be pictured with as much, too. I don't know if his Ibanez AS200 is specifically a three piece neck or a five piece neck or if it's Japan or Korea but whatever it is, it's a much better guitar than current Artcores or Artstars, thus the full artist signature designation.Well it's funny because Vai keeps using his 3 main axes evo, flo, and bo and you dont see him use his pink or any older crazy colored jems ever. So essentially, the new Krasno is kinda like the more recent FP2: Steve has one or 10 in his house but he doesn't take them with him on his tours. I could see the same thing happening to this Krasno, unless he decides to use it along with his 200. From the way you describe it, he only uses 1 guitar and doesn't deviate, kinda like Timmons.
In part the Chris Miller Ibanez in Ivory of today was gleaned from the original Ibanez Artist in Ivory. Miller wanted to bring back that specific aged ivory look to an Ibanez.Ooooooo that Ivory Artist is beautiful