#1
So I decided to buy a new guitar. It's a 1982 Ibanez Blazer, made in Japan. I had been looking for a Strat style guitar and I also wanted a guitar with hardtail bridge and found this. I think the neck feels really nice. Maybe it's due to the setup but it feels easier to play than my Charvel.

The guitar is in a pretty good condition but the phase switch doesn't work and the middle position on the pickup switch doesn't work. I think both will be easy to fix.

The guitar sounds OK but I think it could benefit from a pickup upgrade. I think this would be a cool guitar to mod. I still like the twangy sound it has.

I played a gig on Friday and it did well on stage. And it was a great gig. I don't usually play the guitar in our band (I play in a military band) but neither of our guitarists could play the gig so they asked me if I could play the guitar. My playing wasn't perfect - I didn't have enough time to practice all songs perfectly and I think I was a bit nervous in the beginning (it was my first proper gig where I played the guitar). But the gig went really well and the crowd liked us a lot.

Quote by AlanHB
Just remember that there are no boring scales, just boring players.

Gear

Bach Stradivarius 37G
Charvel So Cal
Hartke HyDrive 210c
Ibanez BL70
Laney VC30
Tokai TB48
Yamaha FG720S-12
Yamaha P115
Last edited by MaggaraMarine at May 11, 2014,
#3
NIIIICE! What kind of pickups are you thinking of throwing in there?

BTW, I ran into some of your comments on youtube...I think it was on the PGS channel.
#4
Sweet They're meant to be pretty nice. I think cathbard has one?
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

#6
Quote by Dimarzio45
NIIIICE! What kind of pickups are you thinking of throwing in there?

BTW, I ran into some of your comments on youtube...I think it was on the PGS channel.

I don't know if I'm going to change them yet. We'll see... (I don't know what my parents would think about it because they don't like it when I buy new stuff - though if I don't tell them, they may not even notice that I have changed the pickups.)

Any recommendations? I don't know a lot about pickups. I just want to have single coils and a stratty sound.

But first I'm going to make all the positions and the phase switch work. And if the sounds satisfy me, there's no need to change the pickups.
Quote by AlanHB
Just remember that there are no boring scales, just boring players.

Gear

Bach Stradivarius 37G
Charvel So Cal
Hartke HyDrive 210c
Ibanez BL70
Laney VC30
Tokai TB48
Yamaha FG720S-12
Yamaha P115
#7
budget? are you after a pretty vintage strat type sound?

but yeah if you get it fixed first and like how it sounds then there's no need to upgrade.
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

#8
I put a Dimarzio Pro Track on my Ibanez (Neck position) and it sounds pretty sweet; very humbuckery. I've heard good things about the Area 67 single coil along with whatever singles Yngwie and Eric Johnson use. I recently had a guitar that needed ne singles (strat style guitar) and I installed some singles from an '87 MIJ Squier Strat and it was a massive improment.

It really all depends on what sound you're looking for/improvments you want to make.
Last edited by Dimarzio45 at May 11, 2014,
#9
Nice, just the kind of guitar I would buy. If I was swapping pickups, I would likely go for a strat sized humbucker in the bridge, maybe a Lil'59, and something with a modern pole stagger (ie favouring the 4th string, not the 3rd) for the other two.
Last edited by Tony Done at May 11, 2014,