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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??? Other blems, hazy areas you can see in off light angles, fog spots under the clear, lots have come in with body sink lines between the trem and body edge.
Prestige JS 3 piece maple / bubinga neck
Multi-radiused neck profile
19mm 1st fret - 21mm 12th fret
Reosewood fretboard with Pearl dots
42mm nut width
56mm heel width
Jescar 55090 frets (90x55)
Sustainiac Stealth PRO preamp for JS
3-way SUSTAINIAC® mode selector
SUSTAINIAC® on/off switch on tone control (push/pull)
Dimarzio Satchur8 bridge pickup
High pass filter on volume push/pull
CR - Chrome
Ultralite Trem Arm included
Standard bar also included
$6666.65 List price, case included.
$4999.99 Suggested Minimum Advertised Price
Continental US shipping is included.
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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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