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I was a bit skeptical about buying an iron label - especially over the internet - after reading all of the bad reviews, but I found one that no one bid on yet on the bay. The listing was awful so it didn't get any views or bids, so I took it away for $350:cool: (after him sending me pictures of the side view of the frets, which were still practically new). I don't have any pictures yet, but here it is:



Contrary to all of the hate on the internet, the thing plays like a dream. It's a 2013 model (I thought they came out in 2014:confused:). I must have been one of the lucky ones it sounds like. The fretwork is almost prestige level. I can tell its never gotten a fret level because they're still really tall. No sharp fret ends, and I can get really low action.

The fretboard was exceedingly nasty, so I had to clean it, but after a nice setup the thing played and felt like a dream. Love the ebony.

Nitro wizard neck is a bit thicker than original and prestige wizards, but it still felt like one of the best necks on played. Worlds better than the wizard II/III and the prestige wizard from 2005 - 2012 (New super wizard is the best).

The abalone purfling is kind of nice, and the finish was nice and thin. The bubinga top really shows.
 

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That's a damn cool looking Ibby you scored there man, love it.
In fact at first glance it looks a bit like the uber rare and highly
sought after J Custom S5400.....and trust me that's a good thing.
 

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That's a damn cool looking Ibby you scored there man, love it.
In fact at first glance it looks a bit like the uber rare and highly
sought after J Custom S5400.....and trust me that's a good thing.
You're right, it does... RGT asked me if it was a j custom and I was pretty confused until I saw this. Same color, both ebony, same pickups and binding, they are pretty similar.
 

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You're very lucky. I was going to buy the six string equivalent until I saw it in the store. The quality control was dreadful. Super sharp edges on the frets, chipped ebony on the fretboard and the binding was really off in a few places.

By the way, do you find it balances well? I found that with 24 fret sabres, without a locking tremolo giving the body more mass, the guitar feels more neck heavy.
 

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You're very lucky. I was going to buy the six string equivalent until I saw it in the store. The quality control was dreadful. Super sharp edges on the frets, chipped ebony on the fretboard and the binding was really off in a few places.

By the way, do you find it balances well? I found that with 24 fret sabres, without a locking tremolo giving the body more mass, the guitar feels more neck heavy.
Well, this is actually my first s (of many) but I can say it is a little neck heavy compared to the ones with the trem, as the body is so light. Still a very well balanced guitar though.
 

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Of all the Iron Labels I've played so far the SIR70F in black is my favorite - and a great deal even when they were new at $700 I think. The TZ - True Velvet - Air Norton with a fixed bridge? You can't go wrong. The one in the OP is nicer as it has an ebony board as opposed to the original rosewood in the first run.
Great buy at $350!!!
Enjoy!
 
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