The Ibanez TQM1 Tom Quayle Signature Guitar in Natural is an adaptation of the Ibanez 2018 AZ Series, featuring the custom appointments of fusion wizard Tom Quayle. The TQM1 features a blend of classic aesthetics with a modern playability and boutique-level specifications. This beautiful guitar is constructed from a classic alder body with a stunning monkeypod top for a bright and resonant tonality. The eye-catching body is bolted to a special S-Tech roasted maple neck and fingerboard, delivering enhanced resonance and incredibly stable tuning while enhancing the guitar's natural warmth. The set of Seymour Duncan Hyperion humbuckers (specially designed for the AZ series) are coupled with a dyna-MIX 9 switching system to provide a diverse range of tonal possibilities. A Gotoh synchronised tremolo bridge and Magnum locking tuners are also equipped, offering pro-level tuning stability and smooth pitch shifting effects. Delivered in a durable hardshell case for the ultimate protection, the Ibanez TQM1 offers versatile tones, effortless playability, and classic good-looks. This guitar features the latest innovations in guitar-making technology and is ideal for the modern musician looking to push the boundaries.
AZ Series and Tom Quayle
The Tom Quayle Signature Ibanez Guitar is based on the 2018 AZ series. This series has boutique inspired specifications and fuses the aesthetics of classic guitars with a thoroughly up-to-date playing setup. Tom Quayle is a fusion player who blends elements of jazz and rock with an impeccable technique and musicianship. To match his incredible playing style, the TQM1 guitar has a focused specification geared towards effortless playability, elegant aesthetics and a highly nuanced, responsive and versatile tonality. The Tom Quayle signature guitar is a refined guitar featuring the latest tech; it is the ideal instrument for modern musicians.
The Ibanez TQM1 Tom Quayle has an alder body topped with beautiful monkeypod, providing a bright and resonant tonality with excellent sustain. While the natural finish shows off the stunning grain of the top, the natural properties of the tonewood deliver a bright, tight sound, which only gets richer and sweeter the more it’s played.
The fingerboard is roasted maple – this tonewood is naturally warm sounding and the roasting process removes impurities to create an incredibly stable and resonant addition to your sound. The roasted maple also makes the fingerboard more consistent across its length, ensuring each note will ring out with equal clarity.
The headstock features a return to Ibanez's classic design, giving the TQM1 a distinctly vintage-inspired look.
Ibanez are renowned for their ability to design and make guitars with effortless playability. This guitar features stainless steel jumbo frets that not only help the strings ring with more resonance, they also last far longer than traditional nickel frets before showing signs of wear.
The jumbo-sized frets give improved control over the strings and makes playing solo techniques far easier, such as when applying string-bends and vibrato. Luminescent side dot inlays are a nice professional addition that help with playing on darkly-lit stages. The neck is sealed with an oil finish which makes it feel like a well-played guitar.
The asymmetric double cutaway body is comfortably contoured and gives excellent access to the top-end of the fingerboard. The new Super All Access bolt-on joint is a very low-profile design, enabling even easier access to the top of the neck.
Seymour Duncan Hyperion Pickups
The Seymour Duncan Hyperion pickups are designed specifically for the Ibanez AZ series, featuring a moderate output and alnico V magnets to maintain the clarity of its fundamental tone when distorted. They have a clear pick attack and balanced response across all the frequencies, making them ideal for a wide range of genres. The HSS configuration gives the TQM1 a balance between powerful bridge-position tones and nuanced single coil sounds.
Coupled with the powerful Hyperion pickups is a dyna-MIX 9 switching system, with an ''alter switch'' toggle to provide up to 9 distinct sound variations. Engaging the toggle will enable a range of different tones and pickup combinations that radically expand the potential of this guitar.
The TQM1 has a plethora of thoughtful considerations intended for a professional performance. The bone nut and Gotoh locking tuners give a stable platform and low-friction action for tuning stability. Despite the non-locking tremolo design, the Gotoh tremolo bridge provides a smooth 2-pivot action that still offers extreme whammy bar use. The locking tuners will ensure your strings remain locked in place, and they feature height adjustable pegs to setup the ideal string relief.
For the ultimate protection, the TQM1 comes complete with a hardshell case so you'll be immediately ready to get gigging and rehearsing.
About Ibanez Guitars
Over the past 30 years, Ibanez Guitars have always been at the forefront of developing the right tools for electric guitar players pushing the boundaries of music. For decades, Ibanez designers and luthiers have been the embodiment of this ideology, pushing their skills to the edge of imagination, consistently creating some of the most versatile and unique instruments ever. Although Ibanez guitars have been made since 1908, it wasn't until the late 1980s that they began to form an identity for themselves when artists such as Steve Vai and Frank Zappa began using their instruments. Now with a huge artist clientele across the globe, Ibanez are a leading manufacturer of electric guitars and basses and a first choice for many dedicated musicians.
- Seymour Duncan Hyperion pickups with versatile dyna-MIX switching
- Roasted maple fingerboard for resonance and stability
- Alder body with a beautiful monkeypod top
- Stainless steel jumbo frets for superior string control
- Gotoh locking tuners with height adjustable poles
- Gotoh non-locking twin-pivot bridge
- Low friction bone nut
- Hardshell case included
Body & Bridge
Body: Roasted Alder
Bridge: Gotoh T1802 2-Point Synchronised Tremolo
Construction: Bolt-On (Super All-Access)
Neck & Fingerboard
Neck: 1-Piece S-Tech Roasted Maple
Profile: AZ Oval C
Scale Length: 25.5’’
Fingerboard: S-Tech Roasted Maple
Frets: 22 Jumbo Stainless Steel
Inlays: Abalone Dots
Side Dots: Luminescent
Electronics & Hardware
Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan Hyperion Humbucker
Neck/Middle Pickup: 2x Seymour Duncan Hyperion Single Coil
Controls: Volume, Tone, Dyn-MIX9 Switching System w/''Alter Switch'' Toggle
Tuners: Gotoh Magnum Lock w/H.A.P. (Height Adjustable Post)
Bridge Saddles: Titanium
Control Knobs: Sure-Grip II
Case Included: Hardshell