In 1994, Ibanez introduced their Talman line of guitars. Until this time, Ibanez guitars had been associated primarily with hard rock and heavy metal music. The Talman, with its combination of classic design and lower-gain pickups, was aimed at alternative rock musicians. The Talman line of electric guitars ended in 1998, and was marked by 16 different models, including the Talman TC630.
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Talman TC630 Body
The Ibanez Talman TC630 featured a Resoncast body. Resoncast is a body material that was only used for a few years. It was composed of regular wood, wood particles, and glue all pressed together in a high-pressure process. Users in guitar-based forums have said the Resoncast body resonates well.
The Talman TC630 body came in four different finishes: Black (BK), Pale Blue (PB), Ivory (IV) and Gravure Alder Amber (GAA).
Talman TC630 Neck
The Ibanez Talman TC630 featured a one-piece maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard. The neck featured an all-access neck joint where neck meets the body. This type of neck was atypical of most classic-inspired guitars, but a staple of Ibanez necks.
The Talman TC630 neck also featured 22 medium-sized frets and pearl dot inlays.
Talman TC630 Pickups and Hardware
One of the more noteworthy features of the Talman TC630 was the pickup configuration. It featured three Sky SLV1 single coil pickups: one each in the bridge, middle and neck positions. The pickups were designed by Kent Armstrong, son of world famous guitar designer Dan Armstrong.
The bridge was a TT50 floating tremolo bridge with chrome hardware.
Ibanez Talman Players
While the Ibanez Talman was originally designed for alternative rockers, it was a primary choice of players from a variety of genres, including Christopher Hall (Stabbing Westward), Al Jourgensen (Ministry), Dave Lowery (Cracker), Paul Gilbert (Mister Big) and Noodles (Offspring).
A version of the Talman electric guitar is still in production as of 2010, but under a different name. The Noodles signature model, the NDM2, is a re-creation of the original Talman created for Noodles in 1994.
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