In the yet-to-be-explored world of eight-string axes, Tosin Abasi has struck a impressionable chord with his Ibanez TAM10 Signature guitar -- most notably in his progressive metal band Animals as Leaders. Key to Abasi's inimitable style is this 8-string signature axe loaded with three DiMarzio Ionizer8 pickups -- in HSH configuration -- that together fuse a thick metal tone perfect for complex technical leads and rich atypically-tuned chord structures. A coil-tap switch and five-way pickup selector switch give you up to eight different pickup combinations. The TAM10's basswood body and TAM five-piece maple/walnut neck work together for awesomely biting resonance and ultimate playability.
The Unexplored Terrain of Eight-string AxesBy the virtue of playing an eight-string guitar, you're already going to be standing out. There is a lot of room for exploration with an extra pair of strings, and the TAM10 is a fantastic guitar to experiment with. Your axe comes with a factory tuning of E, B, G, D, A, E, B, E, but you can try A, E, A, D, G, B, E, A -- using a really small gauge string for that high A -- if you want to get a "drop A" bar-chord feel on your bottom three strings. Another option is D#, A#, F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, F. The door is wide open for more tuning options.
The Thick Tone of DiMarzio Humbucker and Single-coil PickupsHaving a single-coil pickup sandwiched between two humbuckers gives you a lot of room for tonal exploration on your Ibanez TAM10. This HSH configuration with DiMarzio Ionizer8s means your neck and bridge pickups are full, fat, and punchy. Your middle single-coil has more of a bite to it. Switch around and see how many different sounds you can get out of this triplet of monster tone.
Coil-tapping Switch for Eight Different Pickup SettingsThe TAM10's DiMarzio HSH configuration also comes with a coil-tapping switch to give you single-coil pickup settings to play with. Used with your five-way pickup selector blade you have a total of eight possible configurations.
With your coil-tapping switch turned off, you have neck (humbucker), neck (single-coil closer to neck) and middle, neck (humbucker) and bridge (humbucker), middle and bridge (single-coil closer to middle), and bridge (humbucker). With your coil-tapping switch on, you get three additional settings -- neck (single-coil closer to middle), neck (single-coil closer to middle) and bridge (single-coil closer to middle), and bridge (single-coil closer to middle).
Basswood Body and Five-piece Maple/walnut NeckThe TAM10's basswood body resonates mid and higher frequencies, giving your tone a brighter color to it -- great for solos and hooks. Your five-piece maple/walnut neck harnesses insane action for speedy leads and sustains your notes continuously. Your TAM10 axe has a longer scale of 27" to keep all of your strings tighter and slightly brighter in tone.
Features:- Basswood RG body
- Slim profile five-piece maple/walnut neck
- Eight strings of sky-reaching tones
- Rosewood fretboard of 24 frets
- DiMarzio Ionizer8-N neck and Ionizer8-B bridge humbuckers, Ionizer8-M middle single-coil pickup
- One volume and tone knob, five-way pickup selector blade with coil-tapping switch for eight different pickup settings
- Longer 27" scale for tighter feel and brighter sound
- Secure Gibraltar Standard 8 fixed bridge
- Hardshell case included
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- Neck: 27" 5pc Maple/ Walnut "TAM8"
- Body: Basswood
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Frets: Jumbo
- Pickups: DiMarzio Ionizer 8 (H) neck, DiMarzio Ionizer 8 (S) middle, DiMarzio Ionizer 8 (H) bridge
- Bridge: Gibraltar Standard II-8
- Hardware: Black
- Strings: D'Addario EXL140-8 Nickel wound
- Factory Tuning (from 1st to 8th): 1E, 2B, 3G, 4D, 5A, 6E, 7B, 8E
- Accessories: Hard shell case included
- Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
- Shipping Weight: 22 lbs
Ibanez Non-New Product Warranty Information
Ibanez Electric Guitars and Basses have a 1-year warranty on NEW instruments only for the ORIGINAL purchaser with a Sales Receipt. All used or factory 2nds products are not warranted.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-669-8262
Product DescriptionTosin Abasi's relationship with Ibanez seems the stuff of destiny--one of today's leading proponents of the 8-string guitar working in collaboration with the guitar maker that made the 8-string playable and plentiful.
Patterned closely after Tosin's flagship signature, the TAM100, the TAM10 can similarly claim lineage from the Ibanez on which Abasi developed his mind-blowing chops -- the RG2228. In collaborating with Ibanez, his goal was to develop an 8-string that combined the best features of the Ibanez guitars he has played in the past while incorporating ideas that would enhance his personal style and approach to the instrument. The resulting TAM10 is a cleverly conceived 8-string of unparalleled clarity, versatility, and comfort.
Built to Tosin's specifications, the TAM10's Basswood body is thinner than other RG8 for playability, its neck sports a warm rich Rosewood fingerboard with off-set Pearl dot inlays. Add to this recipe Abasi's own signature DiMarzio Ionizer 8 humbucker and single coil pickups with coil-tapping on/ off switch, and you've got an instrument as unique as the man who plays it.
Features:- Basswood body
- Rosewood fingerboard
- Hard shell case included
- Tosin Abasi signature DiMarzio Ionizer 8 humbucker and single coil pickups