I looked at a Gibson Les Paul Studio Classic, gorgeous guitar but bulky and heavy. A Fender American Strat, felt like a kids toy and very brittle, quality and finish were not very good either considering the price. Gibson ES-335, incredibly bulky and afraid to carry it around even in a case, sounded great though.
If this guitar were lost or stolen I'd have to bury the idiot that would be dumb enough to try to take it first. Then I'd immediately contact Rich to get another one shipped to me ASAP!!!
How could this guitar be better? Maybe the new JS1200CA model?
My favorite aspect of this guitar besides the quality and the sound is how it feels. You can play it all day long and wear it without feeling like quasimodo. It fits any player as if it were custom made to your body, no joke. Worst aspect? If I ever lost it.
If you've never tried one of the Ibanez JS models I'd highly recommend it before you make your purchase. Speed like sound is only as good as what your willing to spend. On this guitar your getting a lot more than just what you pay for and especially with www.ibanezrules.com
Model Year: 1998
Price: $1475.00 (new)
Where Obtained: www.ibanezrules.com
Made in Japan and VERY high quality.
3 position selector swith operates the Dimarzio PAF Pro (neck pickup) or PAF FRED (bridge) pick up or both. ALso has push/pull tone and volume control knobs to access splitting the pickups the way you want.
Mine is the rare BTB (burnt transparent blue) model which is sold only in Japan. Extremely high quality finish that puts some older mfg's to shame.
Body style is an exact replica of Joe Satriani's own guitars.
22 frets on an incredibly smooth and shaped neck (this you've got to try to believe).
Floyd Rose tremelo system with locking nuts up on the tuning head.
My guitar was setup by Rich Harris (www.ibanezrules.com) which means it gotten attention extrordinaire. The guitar was gone over with a fine tooth comb as only Rich does and every single piece of the instrument was tuned to perfection!!
The action is set very low to the neck which makes it very easy to play.
The most remarkable thing on this guitar is the neck (even more so than the pickups but just a little). It's shape and finish are better than any other guitar I've ever picked up. A lot of care and craftsmanship go into these instruments.
Compared to other guitars this is the Mazzarati. Great action, perfect tone, rarely ever needs tuning, and you should see heads turn when I pull this baby out of it's case lol.
There were a few minor flaws from the factory which were easily fixed by Rich.
I've played this guitar mostly on a small Ibanez practice amp but one of my friends couldn't believe the sound quality so he hooked it up to his fender and Marshall setup and I made a believer out of him.
P'm a beginner so my musical taste varies but I would say mostly rock and classic rock. I think that this guitar is perfectly suited for blues though as well.
Sound on this guitar varies according to how you play it, a first. Most guitars are very predictable about what they are going to sound like even with a few effects thrown in but this one seems to carry a high quality tone and resonance all of it's own and unmatched in the industry.
I've even played a little country on it and it seems to be able to match any playing style you want to challenge it with.
For steady 'Live' playing I'd say this is a definitel keeper. The only drawback (if you want to call it that) is the very thing that sets this guitar on a pedestal. The Floyd Rose tremelo system adds an incredible source of sound variety yet to restring can be quite a challenge. If I were going to use it as a 'Live Stage' instrument I'd have to have two since a broken string could be a time constraint.
Truss rods and intonation were set up by Rich Harris and are about as close to perfection as your ever going to get!!
Hardware and everythign is holding up beautifully, it looks just as it did the day I bought it.
During climate changes this is where this guitar really stands out. Some instruments in the summer months need a lot of work to get back intonation. Thsi guitar seems to be born and breed for intonation in any climate regardless of weather changes.
Great guitar, highly recommended
Model Year: 2003
Price: $1049.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
You can check out the majority of the specs at http://www.ibanez.com but one thing they don't tell you right of the bat is that both pickups are tapped. You can get this by pulling the tone knob out and you can get a high pass by pulling th volume knob out.
I can definitly get a great action on it. I like the action a little low. The neck is slightly wider than average and also from top to bottom slightly skinnier. Which is great.
I play it through a Digitech GNX3 the majority of the time and it sounds incredible. You can get a wide rengae of tones from the guitar.
Everything is perfect here.
I looked at Ernie Ball/Music Man and some other guitars, but when I picked up this guitar, I knew it was for me. I can't think of a lot of things to make this guitar any better, it is just that good. And what would happen if someone stole this guitar? I was find a leigon of wolves and before I fed the perp to them, I would pull of his finger nails and dip his bare fingers in lemon jiuce, then I would cut the tip of his tounge off, the force him to listen to the BSB's for 10 hours. Then I would stick a pencil in his ear until he passed out. heheh, then I would let the wolves have him! Whats my point? I NEVER WANT TO PUT DOWN THIS GUITAR!!
Model Year: 1999
Price: $850.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
This Satriani model was made in Japan, which all nicer Ibanez's are, and has a American Basswood body. It has 22 medium jumbo frets, and has one tone and one volume nob that can be popped to turn the humbucker into a single coil. The configuration is a Dimarzio FRED in the neck position and a PAF Pro in the bridge. The one I have has a black pearl finish, which is VERY nice. Also, once you get the strings on right and stretched, you almost never have to tune!
The action is not as low as I've seen, but it was still pretty low. The neck is the sweetest neck I have ever played; it is supposed to be a copy of "Joe's Favorite Neck". Well, I think it is! You can almost play sloppy and still sound great. This is not a crappy Wizard II neck, but it is still reasonably thin.
This guitar is suited for many, many styles. It sounds like a dream and the pickups are great. With the coil tap, you really have 4 pickups, and a bunch of combinations. They are: H/H, H/S, S/S, S/H, and with the 3 way switch, thats a lot!
The strap locks are really nice and oversized, and unless you change string gauges, you dont have to change intonation or the truss-rod.