- Inspection and Set-up
- Humidity Care
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Introducing the Ibanez Altstar ALT30FMEDB electric guitar, designed for guitarists seeking comfort and versatility in their playing. The guitar features a sleek Altstar body shape with a stunning Flamed Maple top and Sapele back and sides, delivering both a unique look and warm, natural tone.
The Comfort Grip Maple Neck contour provides superior playability, allowing for effortless movement across the fretboard. The guitar also includes a Walnut bridge, which transfers string vibration directly to the body, enhancing the overall sound quality.
The Ibanez AEQ-2UT preamp with onboard tuner is a convenient addition, making tuning and adjusting your sound quick and easy. The guitar features an Ibanez Undersaddle pickup, which produces a clean, clear tone, ideal for both live performances and studio recordings.
The guitar also features a 16th fret joint and a large fret, providing greater playability and sustain, and the specially designed Altstar inlay adds to the guitar's unique aesthetic. Chrome Die-cast tuners with an 18:1 gear ratio ensure accurate tuning and stability, and the Ibanez Advantage bridge pins are a welcome upgrade over traditional bridge pins.
Overall, the Ibanez Altstar Comfort Grip electric guitar is a well-designed, versatile instrument that is sure to please guitarists of all levels. With its exceptional playability and tonal versatility, this guitar is an excellent choice for any musician.
- This guitar does not come with a bag or a case
- body shape Altstar body
- top Flamed Maple top
- back & sides Sapele back & Sapele sides
- neck Comfort GripMaple neck
- fretboard Walnut fretboard
- bridge Walnut bridge
- inlay Altstar specially designed inlay
- tuning machine Chrome Die-cast tuners (18:1 gear ratio)
- number of frets 22
- bridge pins Ibanez Advantageâ„¢
- strings Ibanez IACS61C
- string gauge .010/.014/.023/.030/.039/.047
- string space 10.5mm
- factory tuning 1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E
- pickup Ibanez Undersaddle
- preamp Ibanez AEQ-2UT preamp w/Onboard tuner
- output jack 1/4" output
- NECK DIMENSIONS
- Scale : 648mm/25.5"
- a : Width 43mm at NUT
- b : Width 55mm at 16F
- c : Thickness 20mm at 1F
- d : Thickness 21mm at 7F
- Radius : 400mmR
- BODY DIMENSIONS
- a : Length 18 1/8"
- b : Width 14 5/8"
- c : Max Depth 4 3/8"
- ALT30FM's preamp diagram
- OTHER FEATURES
- 16th fret joint
- Large fret
At Easy Music Center, we care for our instruments from the moment they arrive to when they ship to your door. All instruments are stored in a climate controlled environment and put through a 12-point inspection checklist before being shipped.
First, we check the finish of the instrument, carefully inspecting any blemishes on the surface. Next, we check the playability and setup by inspecting and adjusting the truss rod (if available), bridge, nut, and frets to manufacturer factory specifications. Any request made outside of manufacturer factory specifications can incur additional charges for parts and labor. If the instrument has electronics, we test all of the electronic components to make sure they are functioning properly.
After a thorough inspection, we then move on to maintenance. We start by lubricating any moving parts on the instrument, such as tuning machines. We then move on to cleaning and oiling the fretboard along with the frets.
Once maintenance is done, we stretch and tune the strings and play test the instrument. After this, we do a final inspection and clean/detail the instrument before packing it up for shipment.
We’re excited to be a part of your instrument buying experience.
Acoustic guitars and ukulele are made of wood, and wood is sensitive to changes in climate. Shifts in temperature or relative humidity can affect your instrument in multiple ways, some of which can lead to costly repairs if you’re not careful. Solid woods in particular are especially prone to the effects of climate fluctuation. For example, extended exposure to low relative humidity (below 40% RH) can dry out the wood, causing it to shrink and run the risk of cracking. Similarly, excessive humidity can cause the wood to absorb moisture and swell, potentially causing other problems. Without adequate humidity control (especially in drier local climates), acoustic instruments can crack and their necks can warp, causing problems with fretting, intonation and playability.
So how do you prevent this kind of damage? Easy: by keeping your guitars and ukulele properly humidified (ideally between 40-60% RH). The easiest way to do this is by storing your instruments in a case with a case two-way humidifier inside. A two-way humidifier will slowly absorb or release moisture inside your case, maintaining humidity to help ensure your instrument doesn’t suffer damage. Using a digital hygrometer can help you monitor humidity levels around your instrument.
Symptoms of a dry acoustic instrument:
- Low action. Strings are very close to the fretboard.
- Hump on the fretboard where the neck joins the body.
- Sunken top across the soundboard between bridge and fingerboard.
- The back of instrument looks very flat when it is dried out.
- Sharp fret ends extend beyond the edge of the fretboard.
- The plane of the neck angle on a dry instrument hits above the top of the bridge.
Symptoms of a wet acoustic instrument:
- High action. Strings that are unusually high off the fretboard, making it difficult to play.
- Unusually swollen top
- Unusual warp on the top, back or both at the end-block
- Improper neck angle. Sighting the neck to the bridge, the frets will appear to hit below the bridge.
The D’Addario Two-Way Humidification System
Using patented technology, the D’Addario Two-Way Humidification System features disposable, moisture-filled packets with a breathable membrane that provides two-way humidity control, meaning it can either release or absorb moisture to consistently maintain a predetermined relative humidity (RH) level of 45-50 percent.
Music Nomad Humilele Ukulele Humidifier
Music Nomad the leader in equipment care products, has developed an easy to use, no mess, and low maintenance Ukulele humidifier. The Humilele rests securely on top of the strings to safely and evenly hydrate your Ukulele to avoid these problems.
Final Notes on Humidity Control
To monitor the amount of humidity your instrument is receiving, we recommend the purchase of a digital hygrometer, a device that gauges and provides a read-out of humidity levels. It can be kept in the room where you store your instruments, or, better yet, in a central location inside the instrument case, preferably Velcro’d to the outside of the accessories compartment (facing the heel). The optimal range for your guitars and ukulele is 45-55% RH.