NAMM: The Return Of The Talman …In Bass Form!


If you follow me on Instagram you know I’m a huge Ibanez Talman fan. I have a sparkly Talman TC825 with Bigsby vibrato that I post pretty often. My hope is that soon Ibanez will re-release the Talman, and I don’t want to jinx it but it feels like my dream may be edging a little closer to reality with the appearance of the Talman bass at NAMM. There are two models – TMB300 and TMB100. Each has a mahogany body and maple neck, 20 frets and a standard bridge. The TMB300 has a Dynamix J2 humbucker in the back pickup position and a Dynamix P1 in the front. The TMB100 has a Dynamix J1 in the back and P1 in the front. And there are plenty of colour options available.

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NEWS: Gold Bigsby Vibramate mounting kit

The first whammy bar I was aware of was the Bigsby, when I was about 8, and it took me quite a few years to get one of my own (on an Ibanez Talman) but I love it to bits. I have dreams of an army of Bigsby-loaded Telecasters and Les Pauls with P90s. And this here solution is ideal for anyone who wants to do the latter, in snazzy gold. Come to think of it, one of these on a 3-humbucker Les Paul Custom would be a lot cheaper than buying the Jimmy Page model …

Vibramate Bigsby Mounting Kit now Available in Gold

Now you can get the new Vibramate mounting kit for Bigsby Vibratos in a Gold Anodized finish. The Vibramate V5 Model Quick Mount Kit is designed for installing a Bigsby B5 “Original” Vibrato on most traditional style guitars that have a Tune-a-Matic type bridge and a Stop-Tailpiece. The kit installs in minutes with the included hardware and eliminates the need for drilling permanent holes in your instrument. Converting back to stock is just as simple.

Vibramate automatically positions the Bigsby Vibrato in the proper orientation without any special tools or layout.
Vibramate comes with felt-pads for a soft touch to the top of your guitar.
Vibramate includes both Standard and Metric threaded mounting hardware for installation on either US or Import model guitars.
Vibramate fits most guitars with a Tune-a-Matic type bridge and a standard Stop-Tailpiece.
Vibramate installs in minutes with No Drilling Required
Vibramate is Made in the USA with Aircraft Grade Aluminum
Vibramate V5 Gold Retail Price: $79.95
(Bigsby Vibrato sold separately)

For more information, visit their web site at

SPARKLY GUITAR WEEK: Day 1 – Ibanez Talman TC825

Welcome to the first I Heart Guitar Theme Week. In the future these will occur in the first week of the month any month when I can think of a theme, but I’m feeling all inspired post-NAMM so I’m going to start now, while I’ve got my Google on.

First up is my very own Ibanez Talman TC825, named Candy. You can see the full specs in this Ibanez catalog from 1997. This sparkly beauty was a Christmas present from Mrs I Heart Guitar in 2005. After I almost lost my mind over its magnificence at Music Swop Shop in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton, she asked me a few questions about it, then told me she’d like to buy it for herself so I could teach her to play guitar. But it was all a ruse! I was carrying the guitar out of the store for her when she said “You’d better let me carry that …I can’t make you carry your own Christmas present.” This is just one of the many many reasons I’m totally in love.

This particular Talman was produced in Japan at the same Fujigen factory as Jems, high-end RGs, Joe Satriani JS models and other cool stuff like that. It has two Ibanez Super 58 pickups, 5-way switching (there are single coil and parallel options in addition to the standard humbucker selections) and, coolest of all, a Bigsby tailpiece. The body is alder and the sparkles are magnificent. This guitar is great for edgy overdrive and retro tones, and you can hear it on the song ‘Mistral’ on my myspace.

The Talman name lives on in Ibanez’s catalog in the form of various acoustic guitars, but this particular design, sadly, does not. If you can find a used one in good condition, they’re great little players with lots of character.

Check back tomorrow for another sparkly guitar!

CLICK HERE to see Ibanez Talman guitars on eBay.