Ibanez

Ibanez JEM77FP2 Steve Vai Signature: A Sublime Shredder’s Axe

The Ibanez JEM series has its roots in an intimate collaboration with master shredder Steve Vai that goes back to 1986. Vai specified every aspect of his signature model from aesthetics and playability factors to perhaps most crucially, the pickup array, electronics and trem bridge. Remaining largely unchanged since the initial model was unveiled at NAMM in 1987, variations have mainly focused on pickup and bridge choices, dependant on the price points of subsequent sub-models.



Video: Ibanez AFJ91JLF Artcore Expressionist Series Jazz Guitar

The Ibanez AFJ91JLF Artcore Expressionist Series Jazz guitar, unveiled at the 2014 NAMM show, has looks and sound that you won't believe when you get a look at its tiny price tag.



Hands-On Review: Ibanez SR1200E and SR1405E Premium Basses

Detail and craftsmanship at an affordable price



Hands-On Review: Ibanez RG870Z and RG920QMZ Electric Guitars

I have to admit right from the start that metal has never been my medium of choice; I prefer trem-bar bends in short bursts, not big bombs, and I like distortion to sound like distortion, not explosions. That said, I'll also admit that there are few things that can get my blood circulating faster than bashing barre chords on a really nice neck through a very decked amp. On that count, it's easy to see why Ibanez has maintained its top standing on the hard-rock planet for decades now. And while its reputation among the global metalhead population is enough to keep the business model afloat indefinitely, the company continues to craft new permutations of its legacy models, in an effort to reach those of us who don't regularly hold digits one and four aloft.



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