Purchased from: unknown
Sound — 9
This guitar has a great sound for metal, Just like you'd expect from a guitar stocked with EMG's. The good thing about the sound is that, if your so gung ho as to get this guitar, then you're probably a pretty hardcore Slipknot fan, and being that this is the same guitar Mick plays, you're in for a pretty good treat. The EMG 81 is a great active pickup, used in Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and many others. The only problem is that, if you're looking for versatility, you will not find it here. I play this guitar through a solid state Crate amp and a Carvin V16, It sounds great on the Crate, I really dig the high output and high sustain it gives. The Carvin however, being that it is more of a tweed style amp, isn't complimented very well by this guitar. I have also played it through a Blue Voodoo and a Carvin V3, I have to say that it really does make a pretty great metal tone. I'm going to rate this in terms of how good it sounds for metal, as I highly doubt anyone would be buying it without the intention of playing Metal.
Overall Impression — 5
Overpriced and poorly designed. The bridge is an abomination and really just amounts to a lot of headaches and the lack of controls makes for lack of tonal versatility. If this were a $400 guitar I would recommend it, but given it's outstanding price (around $1200 depending on Who you buy it from) I can't recommend it. Ibanez makes quite a few other outstanding guitars with EMG's in it that will most definately recreate any sound this one can make and I can gurantee you that the construction will not be as back asswards as this guitar and, it will probably be cheaper. If you're buying it purely for the aesthetics that it is the same guitar Mick Thompson uses (bad idea) then I guess there is really nothing that can be said to stop you, but for everyone else that wants to get a good guitar, look elsewhere. The poor design really just made what could have been an outstanding guitar into something that, considering the elements involved, is really just more tedious and questionable than it is great.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I've not had this guitar for a real long time, so it's hard to say anything of the longevity, but in terms of purely physical strength, it holds up very nicely. It withheld during a few Live preformances that got kind of hectic, and it also withstood the blunt trauma of ramming into someone's head (although I wouldn't recomend such practices). More or less everything on the guitar seemed pretty solid and durable, although I wouldn't recomend beating people with it as it's fairly lightweight and probably won't last too long if used as such.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
When I got my guitar it was horridly out of tune and needed a setup, but being that I won it from a school contest that bought the thing from Guitar Center, the bad setup is to be expected. After adjusting the bridge, tuning it to Standard (I'm not too thrilled with the alternate tuning, but that's nothing really to do with the actual guitar, just personal preference), and tightening up some things here and there, it played really nicely. The action, once set up properly, is real low all the way down the bridge. You can expect amazingly good action when dealing with an Ibanez.
Features — 3
When looking at the MTM1, probably the first thing that will catch your eye is the double locking fixed bridge. You see, the great thing about the Floyd Rose trem is that it is amazing for staying in tune through the heavy stress of a tremelo system. This guitar however doesnt't have a tremelo, it just has the bridge. The only reason I can really see as to why they included a Floyd Rose style fixed bridge is to make this guitar unique and, while it does make the guitar unique, it really just accentuates the flaws of a Floyd Rose (minimal tuning ability and exasperating string change times). Now, I am really a big fan of tweakability. I love a guitar with options, the more knobs and switches the better; this means far less moving about on stage. The thing with active pickups is that there are far more options as far as tweakability go; gain boosts, EQ knobs, etc. I really feel that by limiting the guitar to having just one volume knob, they just limit the tonal possibilities. In a perfect world, this guitar would have a volume and tone for each pickup as well as gain boosts and preamp adjustability. Combining the Floyd Rose fixed bridge and the complete lack of tonal adjustability really makes for a guitar with lack luster features. Locking tuners accomplish the same thing that this guitar does, and they are far, far less inconvenient. I guess it could have been worse though, they could have taken off the volume knob and made it completely barren.