Tom Quayle's fluid hybrid-picking legato technique and classic-flavored tone are the stuff of legends. And the jazz fusion virtuoso's signature Ibanez TQM1 makes it look easy. Its balanced-sounding alder body is capped with a handsome monkeypod top. Its Seymour Duncan Hyperion humbuckers maintain your clarity when you crank up the overdrive, while its dyna-MIX 9 switching system supplies nine versatile pickup combinations. You'll revel in the unrivaled comfort and stability of the TQM1's S-TECH WOOD roasted maple neck and fingerboard. And you won't have to sacrifice intonation while bending, twisting, and dive-bombing, thanks to the TQM1's Gotoh T1802 tremolo. Part of Ibanez's upscale Signature line, the TQM1 is top-shelf all the way.
The TQM1's roasted maple neck was subjected to Ibanez's S-TECH WOOD nitrogen-heating treatment, which increases its stability, durability, water resistance, and tolerance to temperature changes. The neck is then sealed with oil, resulting in a well-played feel. And it's supremely comfortable — its fingerboard edge was finished with a smooth curve that extends through the border between the fingerboard and the neck to the fingerboard itself. Beyond that, this guitar's AZ Oval C-shaped neck fills your hand nicely at the lower frets, while providing a more modern feel when playing up high.
The Ibanez TQM1's Seymour Duncan Hyperion pickups are amongst the most balanced-sounding we've heard here at Music Experience. Laid out in an HSS configuration, these pickups yield a moderate output and sport Alnico V magnets, which preserve the clarity of your fundamental tone in high-gain situations. You'll also benefit from a dynamic and clear pick attack. Beyond that, Ibanez's dyna-MIX 9 switching system provides 9 different pickup combinations via a mini toggle and 5-way blade switch. Whatever tone you're hearing in your head, the TQM1 can achieve it.
Developed in collaboration with Gotoh, the TQM1's T1802 bridge features machined titanium saddles and a solid-steel tremolo block, ensuring quick response and amazing articulation. String skipping and hybrid picking is effortless, thanks to narrow string spacing. Loading the guitar's tremolo arm is a breeze, by virtue of the T1802's snap and hold socket, and its arm torque adjuster allows for fine adjustments without any tools. The T1802's stud lock screws lock the stud bolts in place, enhancing the instrument's resonance and providing excellent tuning stability. Beyond that, the T1802's 2-point floating tremolo system achieves an astoundingly smooth tremolo motion in either direction.
Tom took up the guitar at the age of 15 after being inspired by his Dad’s incredible finger style guitar playing and quickly developed a love for the instrument. Being addicted to players such as Steve Vai, John Petrucci and Brett Garsed, Tom initially focused on rock technique before developing a huge interest in Jazz and Fusion. At this point Tom changed to his renowned 4th’s tuning and studied Jazz, graduating with a Jazz Performance degree in 2002 from Leeds College of Music. Since graduating Tom has developed to become one of the foremost fusion legato players in the world with a strong reputation in both the teaching and playing world, having produced a large number of highly acclaimed tuition products for his own website and Lick Library that have helped literally thousands of guitar players from every corner of the planet. He has conducted masterclasses and played all over the world giving him acclaim that means he can count Dweezil Zappa, John Petrucci, Brett Garsed, Greg Howe, Andy Timmons and Tim Miller amongst his many fans. Tom currently plays with and on the albums of some of the best fusion musicians in the world, releasing the highly acclaimed 'Elba Triangle' album in early 2017 with Virgil Donati, Alex Argento, Marco Sfogli and Allesandro Benvenutti. He has many projects in the works including lots of studio and live work with his partner in crime, Martin Miller. His highly anticipated debut album is in the works and he has produced a huge catalogue of some of the most succesful tuition material for the modern fusion genre. He is incredibly proud to play his signature TQM1 guitar exclusively.
S-TECH special roasted treatment increases the wood's stability, durability, water resistance and tolerance of temperature changes. The neck is sealed with an oil finish which helps make it feel similar to a well-played guitar neck.
This is the first time S-TECH WOOD Roasted Maple is being used in guitar construction. The wood goes through a special nitrogen-heating treatment which increases the woods stability and water resistance. It offers and increased tolerance to temperature changes.
The Super All Access Neck Joint offers superior playability with its 8mm concave curve from the body top to the spherical surface of the joint area. By maximizing the joint area between the body and the neck, sustain and resonance are increased as well.
The TQM1 features Monkeypod body top which features a unique wood grain that provides clarity and superior artiiculation.
The Luminlay side dot position marks make it easy for players to see fretboard position marks when performing on dark stages.
The TQM1 comes with GOTOH® MAGNUM LOCK® machine heads, which have an established reputation for tuning stability. Its H. A. P® (Height Adjustable Post). system allows for the adjustment of string posts for the appropriate tension of each string.
The Oil-impregnated bone nut provides superior tuning stability and warm rich resonance. Stainless steel frets boast excellent corrosion resistance. The wide and tall fret-type offers a quick response, good articulation when playing chords and clear tone when playing single notes.
A shallow body back contour and a big forearm contour make the guitar body fit the player naturally, thus increasing playing comfort. The AZ body has a deep waist and different radii on each body edge curve, making it easier to play in both standing or sitting positions.
Seymour Duncan® Hyperion™ Pickups feature a moderate output through Alnico-5 magnets to keep the clarity of the fundamental tone when using a distortion sound, and to deliver a clear pick attack. From treble to bass, the overall tonal balance is evenly adjusted., and works well with various effect pedals.
dyna-MIX 9 offers nine sound variations, and can easily switch between humbucker and single coil modes with just the mini switch. One mode is even able to simulate a humbucker sound from the combination of the 2 single coil pickups.
T1802 tremolo bridge features machined titanium saddles and a machined steel tremolo block for a quick response, thick lows and rich highs. The 10.5mm string spacing allows for easy picking across strings. Its snap-in construction makes it easy to load a tremolo arm.
|Tom Quayle TQM1
|Number of Strings
|S-Tech Roasted Maple
|S-Tech Roasted Maple
|Abalone Dots, Luminescent Side Dots
|Number of Frets
|22, Jumbo, Stainless Steel with Prestige fret edge treatment
|Gotoh T1802 Tremolo
|Gotoh Magnum Locking, Height Adjustable Posts
|Duncan Hyperion Single-coil
|Duncan Hyperion Single-coil
|Duncan Hyperion Humbucker
|1 x master volume, 1 x tone, 5-way blade pickup switch, 1 x Alter mini-switch (dyna-MIX9 switching system)
|D'Addario EXL110 .010-.046
|Manufacturer Part Number