Ibanez Talman

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Ibanez Talman
Period1994 - 1998, 2015 — present
Body typeSolid, hollow-body acoustic
Neck jointBolt-on, Set-in

The Ibanez Talman series of guitars consists of various electric and acoustic models. Introduced in 1994, initial production of the electric guitar models ended in 1998. A few years later,[when?] a group of acoustic and acoustic-electric guitars debuted. Other than the Noodles Signature Models of electric guitar, Ibanez introduced a new line of Talman electric guitar models in November 2015, including Standard and Prestige versions.[1]


Electric models[edit]

TC series[edit]

  • TC530 (Produced in 1994)
  • TC620 (Produced between 1995–1996)
  • TC630 (Produced between 1995–1997)
  • TC730 (Produced in 1996)
  • TC820 (Produced in 1996)
  • TC830 (Produced in 1996)
  • TC420 (Produced between 1996–1998)
  • TC740 (Produced between 1997–1998)
  • TC825 (Produced between 1997–1998)
  • TC220 (Produced in 1998)
  • TC720 (Produced in 1998)

TV series[edit]

  • TV650 (Produced in 1994)
  • TV750 (Produced in 1994)
  • TV550 (Produced in 1995)

Signature models[edit]

Acoustic models[edit]

This series is still in production today.[when?]

  • TCY20VV
  • TCY20TRS
  • TCY15ERD
  • TCY10EBK
  • TCM50VBS
  • TCY740 - a variant folk-configuration guitar. Mahogany body; nut and saddle in ivorex 2; X frame; Fishman Sonicore preamplifier. Two models: the first with a number ending by 1201, and a second ending by 1202. For the model ending by 1202, at least 834 units have been made in China. 2014 final year.

In '97, the Talman line shrank to the TC630 plus two new models, the TC825 (sparkle-finished alder, two Super 58s, Bigsby) and TC740 (alder, two lipsticks and one V8 humbucker, vibrato). The Talman's next-to-the-last gasp came in '98, when they were joined by TC220 (agathis, two humbuckers, vibrato) and a lefty version of the TC420L. After '98, the Talman line expired, except for being reprised later as an acoustic/electric model.

— Vintage Guitar magazine, July 2005


Artists known playing an Ibanez Talman are:

  • Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) owns a custom Ibanez Talman with a Kenyan flag finish[2] and a white one with 2 humbuckers.
  • Noodles (The Offspring) has three signature Talman models; NDM1,[3] NDM2[4] and NDM3.
  • David Williams (Michael Jackson) owns an Ibanez Talman.
  • Aron Garceau (Prydein (band)) plays electric Talmans exclusively, mainly a Blue Sparkle TC825 and a Metallic Avocado TC620 and a Black TC420.[5]
  • Stefan Jacques from Dutch psycho-rock band Misery Kids plays a TV650.
  • Will Salazar (Fenix TX) can be seen playing a Talman in their music video for "All My Fault."
  • Rene van Lien from Dutch noise band Feverdream / Neon Rainbows plays a chocolate brown TC530.
  • Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), purchased after the gear theft in July 1999, still used occasionally by Kim.[6]
  • Jeff Buckley owned a Talman tc620 which replaced the famous 1983 Fender Telecaster "toploader" tele borrowed from a friend [7]
  • Bob 2 (formerly of Devo) played a green and red Talman from the 1990s up until his death in 2014.


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