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JS1CR - Joe announced in the JS1CR30TH video that Ibanez will finally make the Chromeboy a regular production model in 2019. It will 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???
 

During our long partnership with Joe Satriani, Ibanez has released countless JS signature models. One of the most sought after has been the elusive Chrome-finished JS guitars, the Chrome Boy. Although immensely popular, the process to plate the 3-D curved body had been difficult to achieve at a manufacturing level, until now. The Chrome Boy has arrived and it has everything a player needs and more. The JS 3pc Maple/Bubinga neck provides stability and longer sustain. The rosewood fingerboard has Pearl dot inlays and 24 frets. The Prestige fret edge treatment allows for smooth playability. The DiMarzio® Satchur8™ pickup in the bridge position assists in achieving a more versatile playing style and sound. The SUSTAINIAC® Driver in the neck position is wired to the “Stealth PRO” preamp, specially customized for Joe. The SUSTAINIAC® Driver creates endless sustain and expands the range of expression dramatically with a 3-way Sustainiac mode selector (Normal: Sustains the fundamental; Mix: Sustains the fundamental and overtone; Harmonic: Sustains overtone). The High-pass filter on the volume pot maintains highs at low volumes. Also featured is the legendary JS/Edge Tremolo that delivers Joe‘s favorite feel and tone. The JS1CR also includes a special case to protect its unique finish from damage during transportation.

 

 

 


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