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NAMM 2005

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EP7

The Euphoria is the first signature acoustic to be released by Ibanez, and fitting that Steve would lead the pack. Quilted maple top, back, and sides, brass rosette with Light Without Heat symbols, Green Pearl Tree of Life 2 color inlay, mahogany neck, rosewood bridge and fretboard, satin gold Grover tuners, abalone headstock inlay, B-Band UST pickup for warmth, B-Band A5 EQ, Resonant Forest Green finish, Ivorex II nut and saddle, custom Euphoria bridge pins, and strung with D'Addario EXP strings. $1399.99 List price.

 

JEM

JEM7BRMR - New for 2005, the Black Rock Mirror Jem, commonly referred to as the Bad Horsey. Edge Pro trem, mirror overlaid bound Basswood body, mirror pickguard, pearl dot inlays on a rosewood board, with black back and headstock. 5 piece maple/walnut neck with no scarf joint. $3099.99 List price, includes case.

 

JEM7VWH - The staple of the Jem line and Steve's instrument of choice since 1993. Edge Pro trem, Alder body, rosewood fretboard, 6105 frets, pearl and abalone vine inlay, EVO pickups. The only change for 2005 is the change to a maple/walnut 5 piece neck without scarf joint. $2799.99 List price, includes case.

 

UV

UV777BK - Edge Pro 7 bridge, bound Basswood body, bound rosewood fretboard and headstock, Blaze pickups, with new 5 piece maple/wenge neck without scarf joint. $2439.99 List price, includes case.

 


 

JS

JS1200CA - The 1200 returns unchanged, except for price. Edge Pro trem, Basswood body, rosewood fretboard, 6105 frets, PAF JOE neck and FRED bridge pickups, high pass and coil split push pull pots. $1829.99 List price, includes case.

 

JS2PRM - New for this year is the ultra limited 2PRM [I could not find out exactly what PRM stands for, but like the new JEM7B, probably something to do with Rock Mirror]. This is evidently the guitar Joe has been playing on tour for 2 years now, leaving his original JS2's at home in an effort to keep them in his possession. This is a basswood body guitar covered in aluminum which is probably only microns thick. Don't think of this as sheet aluminum but as I understand it's a process using powdered aluminum that is fused after application to form the "skin". IMO this is going to be just as fragile a finish if not more so that the 10th Anniversary. The 10th was on luthite which is a *very* tough substrate while sealed basswood is very soft leaving it susceptible to bruising from even slight contact. I had asked Mike Manning for details about the new "alumiboy" Joe has been playing and all he knew was he "thought" it was wood, didn't know a thing about aluminum, but did say it was tarnishing like crazy and scratched extremely easily. A haunting flashback to the JEM90 polished aluminum pickguards come to find where a fingerprint not wiped off ends up as a permanent fingerprint. On the guard the aluminum is 2mm thick and it can be buffed out. If this finish is only microns that is not an option. This is probably very close to an original JS2 in that it was also a sealed basswood guitar with a chrome finish also only microns thick, and they definitely scratch and ding extremely easily. This guitar will probably not make a great player unless you don't mind all the flaws it will receive during use, and the $1000's it will devalue due to condition degrading. This is not a catalog model so I'm going to assume it has Joe's current flavor of pickups, the FRED bridge and the PAF JOE neck, but Dimarzio has chromed the tops as they did the JEM10 and JS90's, although this is supposed to be a new process that is much more durable than the process used on those pickups. Only play time will tell. Added to this model [and I was told requested by Joe] is the phase switch to change the humbuckers to out of phase giving an even added tonal option to the already versatile JS. Abalone dots inlayed into slightly larger mirror dots, a headstock overlay like the one used on the Crystal Planet's but in chrome, and original Edge trem. Rumored to possibly come with a chromed case although that's many months from confirmation. Limited to 60 pieces worldwide with 38 coming to the US. $5329.99 List price, includes case.

 

JS1000BP - The Black Pearl remains unchanged, except for price. Edge Pro trem, Basswood body, rosewood fretboard, 6105 frets, PAF PRO neck and FRED bridge pickups, high pass and coil split push pull pots. $1769.99 List price, includes case.

JS100TR - The JS100 returns unchanged. Edge Pro II trem, basswood body, rosewood fretboard, medium frets, AH1 neck and AH2 bridge pickups. Available in TR [Trans Red shown] WH [White] and BK [Black]. $899.99 List price.

 


 

 

 

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