Ibanez Mick Thomson Signature MTM100 Electric Guitar Detail Specs
Mick Thomson is an American metal musician. He is best known as being one of two guitarists in the Grammy-winning heavy metal band Slipknot. And the Ibanez MTM series is a series of signature guitars created by Slipknot’s Mick Thomson, and produced by Ibanez. The first release of Mick Thomson signature guitar from ibanez is The MTM1 and MTM2. For 2012, Ibanez released new MTM models based on tests Mick had been using for the various tours since All Hope Is Gone. Based on Ibanez’ Glaive shape, there are again two models MTM 10 and MTM 100; MTM-100 is high grade expensive model, and MTM 10 is medium grade model. The higher grade MTM100 comes only in black finish.
The Ibanez MTM2 Mick Thomson electric guitar’s 5-piece thru-neck and Mahogany body pump out full, fat tone with strong sustain. Edge FX Edge bridge offers double-locking stability with fixed bridge simplicity and sustain. To deliver the crushing lows and brutal energy need for Slipknot, the Mick Thomson model comes factory equipped with heavy strings and already dropped to C# tuning. For the ultimate in metal madness, nothing grinds along the low end with screaming highs like an Ibanez made to Mick Thomson’s specifications. So let’s see the detail of the Ibanez MTM-100 Mick Thomson Signature series.
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||Wizard III 5pc Maple/Walnut neck-thru w/KTS TITANIUM rods
||Mahogany wing body
||Bound rosewood fretboard w/MTM100 special inlay
||FX Edge III bridge
||Seymour Duncan Blackouts EMTY (H) neck pu (Active/Alnico)
||Seymour Duncan Blackouts EMTY (H) bridge pu (Active/Alnico)
||1C#, 2G#, 3E, 4B, 5F#, 6B
|a : Width at Nut
|b : Width at Last Fret
|c : Thickness at 1st
|d : Thickness at 12th
In this new lineup MTM100 acts as the flagship of the fleet. The guitar was built in Indonesia and don’t let the “poor craftmenship in the Asian area” thing get to you. This is an amazingly well built guitar. The guitar is solidly built with the parts securely fastened on. Body is made of mahogany and it features no top wood veneers. Mahogany has a straight, fine and even grain, and is relatively free of voids and pockets. This wood has excellent workability, and is very durable. It also resists wood rot and has warm tone character compared to other commonly used woods such as maple or birch.
Ibanez MTM-100 comes with already familiar double cutaway body with neck-thru-body construction. Neck is made of five pieces of maple and walnut and it runs through the body for increased sustain and strength of tone. The neck type is Wizard III with KTM TITANIUM rods. Wizard III is not same with Wizard II which a flat D shape, very flat back with shoulders. The III is more round. It feels more like a C now. So the flat spot has been pushed out a bit. I think I still remember it having a little bit of shoulders. It isn’t too different, just a tad thicker because they aren’t making the necks flat. Back of the neck features MTM contour and the top sports bound rosewood fingerboard. Fingerboard is equipped with 24 jumbo-sized frets, “seven” inlays, 15-3/4″ radius and 1.69″ wide string nut.
All Hardwares color of this guitar is black. Bridge section features a modified FX Edge III tremolo bridge. It is now fixed and tremolo arm is removed. At first i think the Edge III is no good, because many say it sucks (Correct me if i’m wrong). My point is it works with proper setup. But Correct tension of strings and springs and correct tremolo angle is the key.
Pickups on this model are Seymour Duncan Blackouts EMTY in both the bridge and neck positions. They’re active humbucker and designed for aggressive playing styles. It’s recommended for all metal and heavy rock styles, including extreme low tunings. The output levels on these pups are fantastic, these pickups scream in the nicest way. The response and sound of this pickup is great. Pick slides sound great, harmonics are top notch! These pickups have some good tone the bass and mid are not too intense as some might think for a Mick Thomson signature. The treble stands out great and the thing I love most is the tight bottom end. The cleans are really good powerful cleans. Controls unit is very basic and simple, it features master volume knob and three-position blade switch.
The tuners of this guitar were pretty fine, and the hardware looks like it was made to last. String Gauge: .011/.014/.018/.028/.038/.049 with factory tuning 1C#, 2G#, 3E, 4B, 5F#, 6B. Pickguard is omitted from the specs list for both MTM models. The price of Ibanez Mick Thomson Signature MTM100 Electric Guitar is about £1.299,00
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