NAM 2022: Everyone, stop what you’re doing – Ibanez has just released its 2022 lineup of signature guitars, which includes new models for Tom Quayle, Nita Strauss, Joe Satriani and more.
Topping the list is an all-new signature single-cut for fusion wizard Quayle, as well as a new iteration of Strauss’ flagship JIVA10, which arrives in a stylish Ghost colourway.
The menu also includes a number of slightly modified versions of existing signature designs from Ibanez Satriani, Steve Vai and Kiko Loureiro royalty, with highlights such as the HSS JS2GD sans more gold from Satch.
Elsewhere, the full eight-member roster is crowned by a sleek hollowbody for George Benson, totally redesigned, a 27-fret double cutaway for Periphery Jake Bowen’s mastermind, and the first left-handed version of Strauss’ existing signature.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about Ibanez’s 2022 signature lineup.
The first is Tom Quayle’s new TQMS1-CTB. It is the fusion virtuoso’s second Ibanez signature model after the TQM1, although it is notably the Axeman’s first T-style guitar.
With the DNA of a model in the Ibanez AZ series, Quayle’s latest namesake six-string features an alder body with maple top, as well as an Oval C roasted maple neck, S-Tech Wood and a rosewood.
At the top of the board are 22 jumbo stainless steel frets – with Prestige fret edge treatment, of course – bone nut and regular dot inlays. Also of note is the Gotoh T1802 bridge, which throws a whammy bar into the Tele-style mix.
In the pickup department, Quayle’s first single-cut features a Seymour Duncan Magic Touch mini neck pickup and a Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Custom single-coil pickup, both at the mercy of the three-way pickup selector and master volume and tone settings.
There’s also Ibanez’s exclusive Alter Switch, which accesses a wealth of series and split-coil pickup combinations.
Ibanez JIVAX2-GH and JIVA10L-DSB
Next up is a new, slightly modified version of Nita Strauss’ JIVA10, the JIVAX2. Aside from the stunning Ghost colorway, the only specs that deviate from the flagship JIVA10 are the neck – now a five-piece maple/wenge, as opposed to a five-piece maple/purple – and the bridge, which is now an Edge-Zero tremolo with ZPS3.
Elsewhere, business as usual. An HSH pickup setup featuring DiMarzio Pandemonium humbuckers and a True Velvet single coil returns to the starting lineup, and is joined by a bound ebony fingerboard with Beaten Path inlays.
The Ghost model has been discontinued alongside the JIVA10L, which is, as the name suggests, a left-handed version of Strauss’ original JIVA10.
The JBM9999 is the latest signature guitar from Periphery resident prog phenom Jake Bowen – and yes, it does indeed feature 27 (!) frets. Unlike its previous models – the JBM27 and JBM10FX – the stunning Azure Metallic Matte features an HS setup consisting of an all new custom JBM9999 single coil and humbucker pickups.
Simple pairing is at the mercy of a single volume knob and a versatile five-way switch, which offers a range of split, series and parallel configurations.
The spec sheet also includes a new basswood body, a five-piece maple/walnut neck, and a bound ebony fingerboard, which features those 27 jumbo frets. The revamped six-string also has a 17-inch radius, Gibraltar Elite bridge and Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL nut.
A new aesthetic – and a new pickup configuration – are also on the agenda for Satch’s latest JS2GD model, which sports a stunning Gold colorway.
It notably uses an HSS configuration, consisting of two DiMarzio Satch Track single coils – only one is used on its current HS signature models – and a DiMarzio FRED bridge humbucker.
The new setup comes with a swollen control system, which is driven by individual on/off switches for each pickup, along with the proven coil tone potentiometer. There is also a high pass filter which has been added to the volume knob.
Other than that, it’s a standard Satch model, featuring an alder body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, along with 22 Jescar EVOgold frets and an Edge tremolo bridge.
Steve Vai’s PIA3761C also got a new cosmetic boost, thanks to the new surf-approved Blue Power finish. Joining its Onyx Black and Stallion White ancestors, the revamped PIA3761C otherwise holds no surprises, although it replaces the gold hardware with chrome counterparts.
At its core, it has an alder body, five-piece maple/walnut neck and 24-fret rosewood fingerboard, and flashes a DiMarzio UtoPIA HSS set of single-coils and humbuckers.
The Transparent Ruby Red KIKO100 displays all the features of the Megadeth Man’s previous KIKO10BP model, although it has been modified to include a five-piece maple/walnut neck and Edge tremolo bridge.
The rest of the model should be familiar enough to Loureiro fans, thanks to original DiMarzio KIKO HSH pickups, flamed maple top, rosewood fingerboard with special KIKO inlay and 24 Jumbo frets.
It also has the same versatile switching system, led by a five-way blade switch and a push/pull volume pot that accesses even more pickup combos.
The final six-string in the drop is perhaps one of the most elegant – George Benson’s GBSP10. Along with flashing a gorgeous red colorway, it also introduces a few tweaks that can’t be found on its closest comparison model, the GB10.
It features an all-new special GBSP10 ebony bridge and a revamped special GBSP10 tailpiece, which debuts with eye-catching inlays.
Elsewhere, it features a pair of special GB humbuckers controlled via a standard three-way switch, as well as a half-bone/half-brass nut and a body made up of maple top, back and sides. flame.
For more information on all the new signature models, head over to Ibanez (opens in a new tab).