ICON Type 3
had me hooked with their balance of midrange, clarity, and warmth. These pickups
inhabit an ideal sonic space that’s brighter
than a humbucker, yet has a fatter, thicker
tone than a traditional single-coil that
breaks up very smoothly with distortion.
The ICON Type 3 just feels like a solid,
well-built guitar. It does have some heft
attributable to the mahogany body, but
the chambered construction makes it lighter and less back-breaking than some Les
Pauls. The chambered body also expands
the guitar’s tonal range considerably, combining a solidbody’s concise attack with a
resonance and ring that’s apparent even
when you play the guitar unplugged.
The Graph Tech ResoMax bridge and dense
ebony fretboard definitely contribute to
the guitar’s richness, sustain, and snap.
And its action was perfect, right out of
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