NGD: Orange Metallic Burst 652 Spot Tun

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  1. khm

    khm SS.org Regular

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    *spot Run - whoops at the title

    So finally another NGD, I had sworn blind after my last NGD it would be my last, but as many astute posters pointed out.. it was never going to stay that way!

    Ever since I was a kid I have been obsessed with Orange ( much to my parents distain I had an orange room, with orange floors, walls and curtains!) so when I saw this appear on the Ibanez website.. well I was really left with no choice!

    I tried to track one down in Europe for months to no avail, and just as I had given up - I was in the hospital with my wife as my son was born, attempting to sleep after a very long labour and one appeared in Germany! out comes the credit card!

    Anyway - the reason we are here first..PHOTOS:

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    Well now the pictures are out the way (really hard to capture the finish, it has a great burst with the grain coming through, and is beautifully metallic)

    Spec:


    neck type Super Wizard HP 5pc Maple/Walnut neck
    body Ash body
    fretboard Bound Birdseye Maple fretboard w/Black dot inlay
    fret Jumbo frets w/Prestige fret edge treatment
    bridge Edge tremolo bridge
    neck pickup DiMarzio® Fusion Edge (H) neck pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
    bridge pickup DiMarzio® Fusion Edge (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
    hardware color Cosmo black


    I have always been a bit of an Ibanez fan boy ever since borrowing a friends RG550 DY back in the early 90's, and no matter what else I try I always come back to a good ole MIJ Ibanez. I already own a few early 90's 550's as work horses, but for me Ibanez has that Mojo, that keeps me feeling creative for hours.

    This guitar is no exception.

    Out the box, it needed a damn good set up (I could drive a bus under the strings) and in true Ibanez fashion, I needed to shim the neck and remove the shim in the nut - now it plays like a dream.

    The birdseye fretboard is a lovely touch, and I absolutely love it!

    The Fusion pick ups.. they are OK, not my favorite picks ups by a long shot, but for an OEM pick up from DiMarzio they are surprisingly better than expected. I did speak to someone at DiMarzio so in case anyone if wondering the tone / output this is their reply:


    "The Fusion Edge models are comparable to the Illuminator, Titan, Ionizer and D Activator (bridge model only) in terms of overall sound and output levels. "

    I will probably end up swapping the PUPS out for my fav combo of Crunchlab and Liquifire, but that's if I can track them down in white in the EU (easier said that done)

    The only downside so far, is the fact it didn't come with the GOTOH MG-T as advertised ( i'm guessing as this is a spot model the shops are cutting and pasting spec from other Prestige lines)
    But I will be replacing them in due course.


    Apart from that, the quality is as expected from a MIJ Prestige line, great fret work, no dead spots, nice fret ends and binding and I havent put her down in 2 weeks.


    The downside is I now need to sell my Custom Hapas, which is disappointing, but with a new kid I cant afford 2 guitars over the 1500 mark, and the Hapas doesn't have a floating bridge (and its not Orange :D)


    I will probably upload some sound files with the Fusions before I replace them, but between bottles and dirty diapers, it may not be for a while!
     
  2. Bdtunn

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    Awesome!
    That orange with the maple neck is just stunning, and the white binding reallys makes it pop.
     
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  3. khm

    khm SS.org Regular

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    Thanks man! Thought the same , one upon a time I never thought i would be seeing birdseye on a Nez!
     
  4. The906

    The906 Hella rad Contributor

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    Love this version. hNGD.
     
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  5. pylyo

    pylyo SS.org Regular

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    Beautiful!
    And it’s ash body too!
     
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    walkhard SS.org Regular

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    nice prestige you got there
     
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    Wolfhorsky Regular idiot

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    Very very nice fretboard. But orange? Why o’ why? ;-)
     
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  8. Mathemagician

    Mathemagician SS.org Regular

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    You’re buying guitars as your son is being born. You’re my hero and I get it.

    Also that color with the white binding and maple is FIRE.
     
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    wish they sold that one in Canada
     
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  10. BlackSG91

    BlackSG91 Loves Black Guitars

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    That's one cool looking guitar and I love the fret board...looks like quilted maple...very dramatic. Congrats on your fine purchase.


    ;>)/
     
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  11. khm

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    Not entirely sure my wife would agree hah ! But I did have the decency to wait until after he was born before buying ;)

    Good job I moved to the Netherlands it's the national colour so it's just another excuse ;)
     
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  12. Spicypickles

    Spicypickles 8 string Warrior

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    That’s amazing!! Love the bound everything
     
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    Leviathus Psychotic Monster

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    Nice prestige!!

    Orange you a lil' GASsy for this now?
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    HNGD! You play it through an Orange?
     
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    Nice! Usually not a fan of white binding on maple, but for some reason it works here!
     
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    loving that orange, congrats on the guitar and the baby!
     
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    Looks super fast, love the grain showing through. I've had a hankering for a new 652, might need to pull the trigger soon!
     
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  18. khm

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    You horrible git, are you trying to get me divorced haha !!!
    Thanks man ! Secretly hoping the baby loves guitars as much as me !!
     
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    Sexy!
    Happy NGD!
     
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    BigBadAl Too old to Mosh

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    Creamsicle on a hot day ! look delicious HNGD
     
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