#1
Hi all !

I'm looking forward to getting back into playing guitar after about a 2 year break. I am considering this one:

http://www.thomann.de/de/ibanez_sa960qm_btb.htm

What do you think about it, I'm looking for a versatile, strat-body guitar. I also like the fact that it does not have locking tuners, makes it easy to change strings.
Opinions?
#2
Quote by ArianeQube
Hi all !

I'm looking forward to getting back into playing guitar after about a 2 year break. I am considering this one:

http://www.thomann.de/de/ibanez_sa960qm_btb.htm

What do you think about it, I'm looking for a versatile, strat-body guitar. I also like the fact that it does not have locking tuners, makes it easy to change strings.
Opinions?


you mean a locking trem right? locking tuners actually make string changes easier. you may want to look at ESP/LTD and Jackson for other ideas along those lines.

oops that what I get for not checking link first. Fender might worth looking at. didn't see the non locking trem. if changing strings is your only worry then getting a locking trem isn't that big of a deal. takes more time but the positives outweigh that.
Last edited by monwobobbo at Dec 19, 2014,
#3
Haha, yep mono, my bad about the trem. I've looked at ESP and Jackson, but they seem too aggressive to me, and I don't like then aesthetically. I managed to find a video of this guitar here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7WoZ1RmcAQ

Coupled with a Blackstar HT-5R combo, would it give me some nice prog-metal sounds (Petrucci like? ) but also some strat-ish sounds, maybe for some blues (Clapton, Mayer on the singles, Bonamassa on the humbucker) ?

Of course you can't have everything, but are these quality pick-ups or just mediocre ones?
Last edited by ArianeQube at Dec 19, 2014,
#4
Eh, I'd like something a bit better than a squier. I actually started learning on a Squier Fat Strat.
#5
Quote by ArianeQube
Haha, yep mono, my bad about the trem. I've looked at ESP and Jackson, but they seem too aggressive to me, and I don't like then aesthetically. I managed to find a video of this guitar here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7WoZ1RmcAQ

Coupled with a Blackstar HT-5R combo, would it give me some nice prog-metal sounds (Petrucci like? ) but also some strat-ish sounds, maybe for some blues (Clapton, Mayer on the singles, Bonamassa on the humbucker) ?

Of course you can't have everything, but are these quality pick-ups or just mediocre ones?


the pickups are good. have to look for one of those to try myself. you may want to look at the higher end Sterling Petrucci models if you are a fan. those are pretty nice and the highest end version comes with the same pickups as the MusicMan Petrucci guitar. just athought but that Ibanez will certainly work.
#6
Quote by ArianeQube
Hi all !

I'm looking forward to getting back into playing guitar after about a 2 year break. I am considering this one:

http://www.thomann.de/de/ibanez_sa960qm_btb.htm

What do you think about it, I'm looking for a versatile, strat-body guitar. I also like the fact that it does not have locking tuners, makes it easy to change strings.
Opinions?


I'm sure you will be happy with this provided it is set up properly . I brought a J team Ibannez a couple of years ago but the set up was crap. Now it is awesome guitar,; after a local tech set it up right.
#7
As always shop around and see what other options are out there.

*Schecter surprised me the most this year they had an impressive new line called the hybrid hellraiser series and it's strat shaped. I got to play a few of them this year as I wanted a schecter since Nevermore hit my radar. The C7 seven string schecter I would have kept if it wasn't glossy black and currently I have a diamond series Damien elite 6 I'm fond of. Once I threw the EMG 85 in the garbage and replaced it with a seymour duncan blackout.

*Washburn seems to be making a comeback. They are bringing their EC-29 back and a few other really innovative guitars I've seen from them over the years.

Agile if you're an online shopper
LTD - the H or M 350 series that is neckthrough for example
Jackson the pro series always seems to impress
Charvel / Kramer - Maybe some good options

my out of the box idea is PRS the SE series wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The mark tremonti model was junk but the SE 22 standard tremolo or whatever on my photo album wasn't a terrible guitar.

If you know what you want sound wise brand is nothing but a waterslide decal.