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The PM20 is a hollow body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1997. It is the second signature model for American jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny. It was made in South Korea by Cort.

The PM20 features a full-sized, full hollow body design with an arched top and a single Venetian cutaway. Metheny's flagship PM100 as a pair of sharp Florentine cutaways and is also made in Japan at a higher price point.

The PM20 has an arched laminated maple top with ƒ holes and binding on maple back and sides mated to a set-in mahogany neck with a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with binding and pearl/acrylic and abalone split block position markers. Components include a single Ibanez Super 58 humbucking pickups with gold cover installed at the neck, a Gotoh Tune-o-matic style bridge floating on a wood base with a custom tailpiece, a bone nut, Sure Grip knobs, a stereo output jack and Gotoh tuning machines.

The PM120 is a similar model with a second pickup. The PM35 is a related version which is made in China and is less expensive.

The PM100 was discontinued in 2013 and replaced with the PM200.

Specifications

Specifications for PM20
Year(s) produced: 1997–1999
Sold in: Europe / USA
Made in: South Korea
Finish(es): Natural (NT) / Transparent Black (TK)
Body
Body type:
Hollow body
Dimensions:
  Length: 508mm / 20"
  Width: 419mm / 16½"
  Depth: 97mm / 3⅞" (80mm at tail)
Top:

  Material: Maple
  Binding: Cream/black multi

Back/sides:

  Material: Maple

Neck joint:
Set-in
Bridge:
Full Tune II (10.4mm string spacing)
Tailpiece:
PM20 trapeze
Knob style:
Speed (black)
Hardware color:
Gold
Neck
Neck type:
PM20
Neck material:
1-piece mahogany
Scale length:
628mm/ 24¾"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl and abalone split block
Frets:
22 / medium (SBB213-150)
Nut:
White plastic (43mm)
Machine heads:
Gotoh SGL510
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
H
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Super 58 (H) passive/alnico
Controls:
Master volume / master tone
Output jack:
¼" mono (side mounted)
String gauge (factory):
.013/.017/.026w/.035/.045/056 (D'Addario J-26)
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)

Images

Additional finishes/ details
1999 PM20 TK.jpg
Transparent Black
Controls VT PM.gif
Controls layout

Sources

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