NGD : Brand New Ibanez MMM1

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  1. zack6

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    Hi Guys, so yesterday I just got the Ibanez MMM1 brand new old stock on local dealer. I've been looking for this monster since 2007 back then when i was in high school, and luckily a week ago when i was just browse around on local online market, i saw this guitar listed on local dealer, so yeah i talked to the seller and bought it without hesitation. So here it is.

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    I'm planning to upgrade the bridge pickup and I need your recommendation guys for the best all rounder pickup on low A tuning. Thank you.
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    Wow. Now that's a score to find it brand new.
    Those were awesome. As I remember only problem was the finish on the body that just love to tear down.

    Congrats!
     
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    Nonsensical recommendation b/c you clearly want passives: EMGSSSSS

    Actual: Either Duncan Black Winter or Dimarzio Dactivator.
     
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    Thanks buddy. And for the finish problem, sadly yes :(

    Yep dude, dActivator souds good to me :agreed:
     
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    Nice find! Keep in mind you can always add more oil on the body. Paint it. Or whatever.
     
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    These are really dark guitars so def go for a brighter pickup. Dimarzio Evolution could be cool.
     
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    Congrats! Still enjoy mine to this day :)
     
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    Shawn ESP • Ibanez Forum MVP

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    So cool to see these pop up....nice score, very clean too. Congrats!
     
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    Nice score! Been eyeing this one since high school as well. I'll get there soon enough haha.

    Side note I was wondering what the Martin Miller was called since it'd be Martin Miller Model MMM? But they just went with MM1.
     
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    This is a spectacular guitar. I've played a few. As stated before, they are pretty dark tonally. Get a brighter pickup. But get one that's medium output. Don't do something too hot, you'll kill some of the magic of this guitar like that. I WISH I could find a new one of these. I'd buy it on the spot.

    That could be seen as a feature of the finish.
     
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    My old band used to use 2 28” guitars back in the early 2000s. This is one of them, don’t change the pickups they are actually good. If you do, just get another low to medium output passive. I can’t even describe how much larger and heavier we sounded compared to every other band out at that time. It it was something else...

    These have a specific low mid to them that’s kinda flubby, but still massive. Thanks for the nostalgia.
     
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    Well I had no experience on re-finish the guitar with oil, but I think there is no other choice than add more oil finish.

    Damn right dude, tried to record it with guitar rig 5 and its kind of dark and difficult to find the right sound.
     
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    Thanks guys :cheers:
     
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    Hmmm medium output, I was considering dimarzio dActivator, maybe dimarzio fusion edge will work??

    I dont know man, as stated before i find it pretty difficult to get the right tone with the bridge pickup but I'm fine with this super 58 neck pickup.
     
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    You can do it. It’s not difficult, just watch some YouTube videos. As far as it sounding dark, try a eq pedal.
     
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    This. Dark doesn't mean muddy. Low tuned strings on longer scales SHOULD sound darker. But they should also have more highs as well, because of the higher tension. Don't mistake more bass for inarticulate. That guitar is SUPER articulate. That's why you don't want to put a super high output pickup in it. Its loud acoustically. More string movement means more affect on the pickups. A higher output pickup will compress all the frequencies and often they hype the mids a lot, depending on the design. That guitar sounds HUGE when used right. I played in a band with a guy who had two of them. That's honestly one of my favorite guitars Ibanez has ever made. If I got one, I'd put some Suhr Thornbuckers in it if I changed anything at all.
     
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    Also, if you end up not liking it, dibs.
     
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    Hot NGD! I ended up getting the MM PRS Baritone instead of the used MMM1 off reverb as the bridge had been rerouted and moved
     
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    Looks like it is not that difficult after seen some videos on Youtube, I think I can handle it :D

    Yes even without amp its really loud compared to my other guitars and I really like it. I tried some EQ provided in Guitar Rig 5, I think I just found the right tone with the parametric EQ, maybe not as good as I expected but still it sounds better :cool:
     
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    Oh yeah that PRS MM looks great too, too bad that model is not available in my country
     

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