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DUE 2019 - PREORDERS HAVE STARTED -  Price is not set, Ibanez hinted at NAMM it would NOT be any lower that the $5000 30th, and that they might actually make it higher. I doubt it will be much higher if they want to sell guitars [and will possibly end up selling for less than 30ths anyway] Preorders taken on a first come first pick order when the guitars do come in. $500 fully refundable* deposit [if Paypal after 60 days you'd loose the 3% fee for cancellation since I can no longer refund it thru the original transaction and recover the fees] no questions asked ever.

JS1CR PREORDER - Joe announced in the JS1CR30TH video that Ibanez will finally make the Chromeboy a regular production model in 2019. It iwill be the same exact guitar as the 30th but without the 30th backplate and certificate and will be the JS1CR. Ibanez will only disclose that this is a proprietary finish and give no further details, after inspection I'm convinced this is a simul-chrome as it's always been the most logical solution to the "chrome" on wood process. It's most likely an Alsa based spray on simulated chrome which are amazingly realistic. The best thing about simul-chromes is they get clear coated which makes it the right solution for a player [even though, the earliest 10ths were cleared the clear turned amber, which is why we call them Goldboys]. The twist? They are coated with a clear spray on self healing Paint Protection Film which started to become available in the automotive aftermarket several years ago. In reality it's amazing. You can rub your fingernail into the finish and imprint a line, rub it vigorously with a microfiber cloth, and it just disappears. The self healing PPF is actually a little soft, as - you can rub a line into it with your fingernail, so the surface has that type feel, but this is what makes it harder to scratch to begin with, you can Google the tech.

Disclaimer - Just because it is self healing does not mean it is indestructible. I can guarantee you that you can damage it past it's point of healing. How hard you have to bump ofrscratch is a completely unknown.

Disclaimer #2 -  Ibanez is not known for extreme testing of "new" finishes [PRM comes to mind]. Most film PPF's in the auto industry are expected to have a 7 year average life span, but that would be on a car exposed to the elements. How that translates to something that will remain indoors is an unknown, but I believe it will probably outlast me. As a PPF these films will protect cars from small chips hitting pebbles doing 90, and scratches, so it is a guitar you can play without the worry of scratching from play or general handling, which every other iteration of Chromeboy has been susceptible to.

Ibanez released this statement to dealers,

To honor the world-renowned Joe Satriani Signature Series , the Ibanez R&D team worked closely with Joe to develop a finish that was worthy of both Joe’s approval, and of the Chrome Boy moniker.  Each and every JS1 Chrome Boy will have passed stringent Ibanez quality control standards, however due to the unique nature of this striking finish, some minor imperfections may be expected, are considered normal.

Translated, you should expect pimples in the finish, there are probably 15 on the show guitar in varying sizes, from tiny to teenager. And it's still stunning, why isn't everybody making chrome guitars???

I am concerned because these are alder and they have a recent history of sink lines in some alder builds. I was told they believe they have that sorted with the prep, which I do hope because a Chromeboy with sink lines would be a funhouse mirror.

JS30th copy
During our long partnership with Joe Satriani, Ibanez has released countless JS signature models. Some of the most sought after JS models have been the elusive Chrome-finished JS guitars. Although immensely popular, the process to plate the 3-D curved body has been difficult to achieve at a manufacturing level. That is, until now. Taking the opportunity to celebrate our 30-year relationship with Joe, Ibanez is pleased to announce the JS1CR. The latest and greatest Chrome JS will be available in 2018.

The specifications are inspired by Joe's recent preferences: a 24 frets neck, Sustainiac electronics, and DiMarzio® Satchur8™ pickup. The guitar also includes a special case to protect its unique finish from damages during transportation.

Each JS1CR produced in 2018 will come with a limited edition JS1CR30 commemorative back plate.
 

 

 

 


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