Ibanez has reached back in time to resurrect one of its most requested model guitars of the past two decades. And while true to the original of the early '90s, today’s Talman brings with it a familiar... Click To Read More About This Product
Ibanez has reached back in time to resurrect one of its most requested model guitars 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 TM303M begins with a high gloss-finished, traditionally styled Talman alder body for a strong, full sound with beefy lows and stinging 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. Yet another advantage comes from its smooth, contoured Fast Access neck joint, which provides unfettered access to even the highest frets. Hardware includes an IFX10 fixed bridge equipped with six individual string saddles for superior intonation, and locking machine heads that guarantee solid tuning stability.
The TM303M features Custom Vintage single-coil pickups in the neck, bridge and middle positions. They’re capable of introducing a clean, sparkling chime, or classic quack-like “ducky” tone. Equipped with a separate volume control, the middle pickup can easily be blended into the mix with the bridge and neck position pickups to create an even wider possible tonal spectrum.
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 moderate-output pickups offer. Back off on the volume, and you’ll find your sound transforming from a snarling bite to a clean, singing tone with softer attack.
No matter what style you’re playing, the TM303M 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 Series TM303M Electric Guitar:
Ordered this because I wanted Telecaster sound with a comfortable guitar body. Opted for the 303 (with the additional middle pickup, over the 2-pickup 302) to see what that offered, as well. I couldn't be more pleased. The neck and bridge pickups produce a very Tele sound, and adding the middle pickup tends, in certain circumstances, to make the output sound "hollow" (a really cool effect). While it was very playable right out of the box, I found it even better once I'd set the action more to my liking. The setup's intonation was already absolutely correct, as well. Mine weighed in at 7.2 lbs. They weigh a little less due to the slightly smaller body, which makes it terrific for long sessions where I'm standing. In my opinion this is a high quality guitar that is comfortable and fun to play.