Hello! I’m a proud owner of a PGM200. I really love the guitar. The thing that I find unusual is the tone. It definitely sounds totally different than my other Ibanez guitars. I would say it sounds more high toned, by far.
Anyone else familiar with this? Didn’t know if this was normal for the Gilbert guitars or not.
What are your other Ibanez guitars? The PGM200 has three PAFs, right? Those are lower output than many other Ibanez guitars. They probably have more midrange than say, the Jem. I love the PAF-like pickups in the Satriani guitars and my PGM900.
I've got a PGM 100 which has the same hardware / scale length etc as your guitar. But it's got a Jem single in the middle. Mine sounds very similar to my Jem 77FP (same pickup config - PAFs).
Feels very different though due to the neck profile.
I've never tried a PGM 200. I guess if the sound is unique it might be the triple humbucker configuration that gives it combinations in position 2 / 3 / 4 that you would get from something like a Paf loaded Jem.
I guess it also has the advantage that you don't get the volume drop off that you get on jems / PGM100 when you switch from the humbucker to single coil positions.
The pgm model doesn’t have a tone knob, obviously, so I can’t adjust it that way. I figured using the bridge pickup would be similar as my other Ibanez guitars. I would say the JEM tone is in the middle of JS models and the PGM200. Maybe I thought it would be more like an RG.
I haven’t opened the guitar up, but I may see if there are any capacitors in there loosing their spec.