Nothing speaks to the passion and pride of Ibanez luthiery more than the Prestige designation. Now the skilled craftsman of the Prestige team have reached back in time to resurrect one of its most req... Read More
Nothing speaks to the passion and pride of Ibanez luthiery more than the Prestige designation. Now the skilled craftsman of the Prestige team have reached back in time to resurrect one of its most requested guitar models of the past two decades. And while true to the original of the early '90s, today's Talman brings with it a familiar, yet fresh sound that places it squarely at the crossroads of modern Ibanez innovation and cherished traditional tone.
The TM1702M Prestige is a double cutaway electric, built to deliver the distinctive twang and bite of a traditional double single-coil guitar, but also incorporates a number of modern design concepts typically found only on other brands Deluxe or boutique editions. Factor in Ibanez innovation and superior craftsmanship and you've got an instrument thats second-to-none in quality, tone and performance.
The TM1702M begins with a curvy, traditionally styled Talman Alder body for a strong, full sound with beefy lows and sizzling high end. The Maple Talman Classic-Plus 22-fret neck is a traditional C shape for that comfortable, familiar feel reminiscent of guitars from the 50s and 60s, but its bright, clean sounding Maple fretboard is where modern innovation takes over.
A distinct Ibanez asset is its flatter fretboard radius, a feature more conducive to the techniques of modern guitarists, as well as being a friendlier surface for slide players. A bone nut helps achieve superior tone and sustain, while still another Ibanez advantage comes from its smooth, contoured Fast Access neck joint, which provides unfettered access to even the highest frets. Hardware includes an IFX-PRO fixed bridge, equipped with six individual string saddles for superior intonation, and Gotoh locking machine heads for absolute tuning stability.
The TM1702M features Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro pickups, known for their uncanny sweet, classic tone and great sustain. Run through a 3-way selector switch, these warm, single coils are excellent for country, pop, blues or classic rock. Players who derive their distortion from an amp will appreciate the versatility and responsiveness these pickups offerback off on the volume and transform your sound from a snarling bite to clean, singing tone with softer attack.
The TM1702M comes with its own hardshell case. No matter what style you're playing, the TM1702M will deliver the tones you know and love in an instrument that reflects the evolution of the modern player.
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Comments about Ibanez Talman Prestige Series TM1702M Electric Guitar:
This Ibanez Prestige Talman is Awesome...seriously.
I'm older and have had many classic guitars, but I never had a guitar that was so good right out of the box.
The maple neck plays GREAT and has
that familiar feel of an older American Telecaster.
The stock Seymour Duncan pups sound pretty good. (It's cool not having to change the pups...I switched to Duncan pups years ago.)
The bridge is sturdy. (Same design as my 97 Tele.)
The locking Gotoh tuners are really nice. I never had locking ones before. This Talman stays in tune for a long time.
The alder body rocks! Alder makes the tone sweet. It is light, well balanced, and feels so freaking comfortable whether I'm sitting or standing...The finish on this one is literally flawless...
This prestige is becoming my main guitar...haven't really played the Teles since...
The only mod I had to make was to replace the white plastic V&T knobs with chrome dome knobs. (but that's just a personal preference.)
The case is nice, but the key to lock it is a joke. Ibanez should change that...
Bottom line - Talman Prestige is a very high quality guitar from Ibanez that's great sounding and extremely playable...the only way to make it better would be to offer it in more colors...