MMM1 review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 7
  • Features: 5
  • Reviewer's score: 7.6 Good
  • Users' score: 6.8 (39 votes)
Ibanez: MMM1

Price paid: $ 500

Purchased from: Craigslist Seller

Sound — 9
Well, its a Baritone so of course it has a deeper tone than a regular guitar.But, its overdriven tone is super aggressive and thick. Also, detuning it down to A (Its standard is B) makes it throaty and guttural. BADA-S! Its overall sound characteristics are very warm, and smooth. Pretty jazzy really. I play mainly alternative Metal, and Alternative Rock (Staind, Cold, Seether, Tool, Slipknot, Korn, etc.) The guitar really REALLY suits all of those very well. I am running it through a Randall RX120RHS and effects are coming from my DigiTech RP500 FX processor. Its gain is pretty good, and sustain is around 12 seconds. With fx its around 15. No noise, good feedback when you want it, and the sound is stable all the way up the neck, even to the 22nd fret on the low E. Versatility isn't a very strongsuit of this Baritone, it plays everything up to a "Texas Tone" or a Stratsy/Fender tone.

Overall Impression — 9
Fantastic, I love it, plan on keeping it, and I will probably never sell it, or plan on getting rid of it. If it were ever stolen I would kill the entire population of the human species just so no one else can enjoy it.

Reliability & Durability — 8
Overall this is a very good guitar, and if you treat it right, it will be good to you for a very long time.

Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Action is great, very smooth, tight. Tuningwise, it NEVER comes out. Pus' are good, bridge is great, everything is just really, really, well made and put together. The only problem/complaint there is with the MMM1. Is that it has a oil finish, and as any decent guitar player will know, oil finishes are very easy to rub off, and can be damaged quickly. So I would find a way to refinish it.

Features — 5
My MMM1 is a June, 2003 model, and has since had a few modifications. The original specs are as followed: A mahogany all one-piece body, with a neck through joint. The neck is a shallow, wide c shaped Ibanez profile and has a 28.83" scale length. The centerpiece that holds the wings together is bubinga, and it has a mahogany oil finish which is beautiful. Cosmetics are chrome (tuners, pu's, knobs bridge). Hardware is passive HO two Super 58, and Super 57 pu's that are stock, and Baritone wound. A tone and master volume knob. A Gibraltar custom bridge. 22 steel frets, stock non-locking tuners, and a three way selector. (However my modded version has a pu replacement of EMG 81's, and the tone knob's been replaced with a 20db gain boost that toggles what I call "super active" on and off).

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    It was created for Classical Music, then appeared in Surf Rock..eventually spaghetti westerns, and country. "Tic tac bass"...check it out. Newer country like Jason Aldean - Hicktown can have the baritone for the main riff. But, yeah...classic country, classic rock...Jimmie Rodgers, Duane Eddy, Beach Boys...baritone has been used in plenty of genres/eras.