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A guitar capable of meeting the demands of Metheny's complex playing style.
All maple hollowbody is 3.15" deep and 16" wide. It has a neck profiled to Pat Metheny's preference, and its ebony fretboard is fitted with medium frets for greater fretboard sound and easier note bending. Super 58 neck pickup. Black binding on the body, white on the neck and headstock. Gold hardware.
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I have an ibanez artcore, and I have played this guitar and this guitar is very far to be like an artcore, it feels very different, it sounds amazing, its just the best electric guitar I've ever played, just think about the pickguard, I dont use picks to play, but it seems to be very uncomfortable to play this guitar with a regular picking.
This is easily the most comfortable and best playing archtop I have owned. I prefer it over Gibson, Heritage and other similarly priced guitars. This PM is highly recommended!!
This is a beautiful guitar. It plays unbelievably and sounds excellent (once the tone control is rolled down). But it has its problems. Metheny does not have a "normal" picking style according to most players, me being one. He holds the pick with a fist and pivots at his elbow. The guitar is designed after that. For anyone who doesn't play like this expect to put a pickguard on this thing to rest your fingers on. It gets to be very very uncomfortable after the 9 months I've had it. It is a whole different guitar with a pickguard feel-wise. The pickup is a little bright, I find myself on "2" on the tone control most of the time. It does not need a second pickup! Bridge pickups ruin the acoustic quality of hollowbodies, and this one sounds very good.
This is one sweet sounding guitar and it plays like a dream, too! It is beautiful to look at with the maple wood and gold hardware. The craftsmanship is outstanding. The only problem I had was getting an assorted array of microphonic tones. This was corrected by placing some thin insulation strips between the pickup and the end of the neck, thus holding the pickup in place. That took care of the problem immediately and no one has ever noticed the modification. This model is a fine tribute to one of the most creative artists of our time.
The neck, fret work, and action is perfect. Very Gibson-like in the feel, but then it replaced Pat's ES-175. Fret wire size looks to be the same as the Gibson, slightly longer scale: 25" compared to 24 3/4" for the Gibson. Very dynamic pickup, can go from jazz soft to bight and expressive. Full bodied guitar can give feedback if not controlled, but the benefit is a sound with some depth. The double cut-away somehow gives a place for the hand in hitting the higher frets, somthing that Mr. Metheney obviously wanted. It is expensive, but the inlay work is excellent, and that doesn't seem to come cheap.
I love the sweet acoustic tone. Even without plugging it in, it sings. I mic it and mix that in stereo with the pick-up. Smooth, satisfying. It works with all kinds of music, even heavy distortion -- very warm and full of great harmonics -- but you have to watch the feedback.
seriously, ibanez blew it. i love ibanez and, in my opinion, an ibanez artcore guitar isn't far from this model, which is sad considering this one is much more expensive. it's a good guitar, but not for this price.