#1
So I got a Ibanez STM-1 Sam Totman Signature Iceman for Christmas and I finally got it setup perfectly for Drop B tuning however the pickups seem to be a little "meh" when it comes to output. I've got a good chunk of money saved up for a new amp and cabinet (Madison Divinity II) but I fear as though my guitar will bottleneck it's capabilities.

I've always kind of though modifying a signature guitar was a bit of a "faux pas" but I figure it's the only Iceman Ibanez has released that comes with a Double Locking Trem system so I didn't really have another economically sound option to choose from. I know "Dragonforce = Studioforce" I've seen them live twice, and I didn't really buy the guitar for the name at the top but I <3 Icemans? Icemen? So would it be "sacrilege" to modify a signature guitar?
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#3
Do what you want. & plus, with new pups it'll sound a little less like dragonforce. Which is always a good thing.
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#4
I would modify it too. I modify pretty much all my guitars, but I also never sell my guitars.
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#5
how many modded Les Pauls have you seen in your life? more than you can count I presume.
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#7
Ultimately, It's still just a guitar. Just because it has some artist's name glazed across the headstock doesn't make it any different. Besides, a normal guitar is an artist model as well, that being, YOU, the artist. Meh. I think so anyway.

Just do what you need to do to make it yours, and don't let those screaming blasphemy change your mind.
#8
dude I stripped all the paint of my malmsteen strat and turned in into one like jake e lee had in the "last time" video......it's just a guitar haha
#9
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how many modded Les Pauls have you seen in your life? more than you can count I presume.


I don't know how good of a comparison that is. A Les Paul is more or less it's own shape rather than a signature guitar. Plus I've probably seen more modded ESP ECs than I have Les Pauls.

So any suggestions as to what kind of pickups? I was thinking an EMG 89X neck and a Blackout Metal bridge.
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Ibanez Iceman
Digitech Artist Series Dan Donegan 'The Weapon'
Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal
Line 6 Spider 3 30 Watt Modeling Amp
#10
^ Well, it was the original signature guitar... So every sig Les Paul out there now is actually a signature mod of a signature guitar
#12
I'd say mod it how ever you want, but you do realize that the STM1 has Evo's right? Passives don't get a whole hell of a lot hotter than that. I think the lack of output is more due to the Line 6 than the pickups.
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#13
yeah, with a modeling amp and a distortion, it's really tough to get it distorted sounds to sound... right. Since you are getting the amp anyway, maybe wait until you hear how your guitar sounds through it, then decide.

But as for the original question, I don't really thing there's any taboo in modding a guitar, even a signature one. I mean, how did they get a signature in the first place? by making or changing a guitar to their specs.


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I'd say mod it how ever you want, but you do realize that the STM1 has Evo's right? Passives don't get a whole hell of a lot hotter than that. I think the lack of output is more due to the Line 6 than the pickups.


Yea I'm not using the Line 6 anymore. I haven't update my sig since Christmas. I'm currently running through a ENGL Practice Amp my guitar teacher lent me. The Line 6 is dead and gone which is why I'm saving up. And ofc, about 2 weeks of pay left before I could purchase my amp, Madison goes out of business...
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Digitech Artist Series Dan Donegan 'The Weapon'
Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal
Line 6 Spider 3 30 Watt Modeling Amp
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#16
Theres your reason spend your money on the amp then see how it sounds if you do change you pups i will happily take those evos off you hands

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#17
Might want to change the trem, that comes with an Edge III if I remember correctly. The pickups should be alright, Evos are pretty popular and they sound nice
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