Sub-$1500 new Ibanez hollowbody jazzboxes (LGB30, PM-2AA, SS300, etc)

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  1. Matt L

    Matt L Supporting Member

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    I have some credit at a store from a return, and am looking at an Ibanez hollowbody. I can't find any local to play except for the Artcore models, which haven't impressed me. I want the highest quality, best tone I can get. The models I'm looking at are-

    Pat Metheny PM-2($999)-
    http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/u_...&cat_id=7&series_id=116&data_id=43&color=CL01

    George Benson LGB30($1099)-
    http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/u_...&cat_id=7&series_id=115&data_id=39&color=CL01

    SS300($1299)-
    http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/u_...5&cat_id=7&series_id=112&data_id=4&color=CL01

    SJ300($1299)-
    http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/u_...5&cat_id=7&series_id=112&data_id=5&color=CL01

    AF151($949)-
    http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/u_...5&cat_id=7&series_id=112&data_id=8&color=CL01

    AF155 ($999)-
    http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/u_...5&cat_id=7&series_id=112&data_id=7&color=CL01

    They each have the nice bound ebony fingerboard and (except the 151) Super 58 Custom pickups. The SS models have carved spruce tops and maple binding, which are enticing. The Metheny is my favorite looking, very purposeful. I'm not sure if I really need a bridge pickup, so that's not a huge factor. I'm just looking for the most guitar for my money and the richest tone. Any experience with any would be appreciated greatly.
     
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  2. talentless hack

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    Just one pickup on the Pat Methany and the AF151? I'd pass, although the neck minihumbucker on the 151 is very tempting...

    Personally I like the George Benson model the best. It has that classy, elegant, understated look and all the desired appointments (spruce top, ebony fretboard, bone nut etc) but saves you a couple hundred dollars vs the otherwise similar SS300.
     
  3. Matt L

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    Yeah, the Benson is nice. I like the looks quite a bit.
     
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    I haven't played the SS or SJ, but solid carved tops should definitely set them apart from the laminates in that same range.
     
  5. Turi

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    Store credit? What? Get your money back.
    You can't return a guitar, and then be forced into purchasing your next guitar from the same place.
    That's messed up.

    All Ibanez hollows I've tried, which from your list only includes the AF155, have felt like cheap, plastic crap.
    Those pickups are killer though, Super 58s are fantastic. They're really clear.
    Sounded really bright to me. Not just on the AF155 but also on the AM95.
    ..but nah, they feel cheap.
    I suppose you can always sand the neck back a bit.

    Why are you forced into Ibanez hollows? Even if you do decide to let the store bend you over, surely they stock other brands? Or can order other brands in?
     
  6. Matt L

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    I'm not forced into anything, I am interested in the Ibanez models I listed. The signature models and SS are supposed to be a step up from the regular Artstars.
     
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    So if you wanted, you could take your money and leave?

    ..and cool, wonder if the signatures and SS models feel less laminated.
    That'd be cool. The Super '58s are awesome.
     
  8. Jazzandmore

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    I have 4 Pat Metheny Sigs, and can highly recommend the tone and feel of them. Mine are the older originals, PM-20x3, PM-100. All single pickup and that immediate Pat type tone. Not saying you are looking for his tone. I personally don't need more than a neck pickup for a jazz hollow body. That being said, if Mr Benson's model has one, then I have no doubt there is a reason for it :).

    Ok apologies, I've taken too long to simply say, since you like both of the Sig models I would choose one of those. Of course I have no doubt the Artstar models are also excellent build and quality from messing with them at NAMM.
     
  9. High Gain Junkie

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    Have you considered the JSM10? I just got one and it's a pretty sweet guitar though not quite the jazz box you're looking for.
     
  10. HayekFan

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    The Metheny is the best looking of the bunch -- purposeful, like you said. The lack of bridge pickup would be an issue for me, but I'm not a jazz guy. I'd miss it mainly for the in-between tone.
     

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