NAMM 2022: Ibanez

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NAMM 2022: Ibanez

Ibanez Guitars

At the NAMM Show this year, Ibanez went all out with new signature models. Ibanez has always been a host to some huge names in the guitar world, and this year showed some sweet new models from artists like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Nita Strauss, Jake Bowen, Tom Quayle, Josh Smith, Lari Basilio, George Benson, Andy Timmons, Kiko Loureiro, and more. Watch Mike Orrigo from Ibanez go through these models in our live stream below.

Steve Vai The Hydra

Steve Vai The Hydra Guitar

This crazy triple-neck beast has been in development for five years. It's a true steampunk vibe with three vacuum tubes, MIDI and sustainer pickups, onboard UV sampler meter, cogs and bolts, onboard VU sample meter, exposed wires and cables, metal mounts and tubes, decorative attachments and so much more!

This beast includes one 12-string guitar, a 7-string guitar and a four-string short scale, headstock-less bass guitar - oh, and let's not forget about the 12-string sympathetic harp in the back. 
Steve Vai The Hydra
Steve Vai PIA3761 Blue Powder

Steve Vai PIA3761 Blue Powder

"The most striking thing about this finish is the blue powder, which I believe Steve made a comment on his Instagram, that it's a very comforting colour, and I tend to agree with that."

-Mike Orrigo, Artist Relations Ibanez

Cosmo Music will be receiving two of these models.

Key Specs:

  • Body: Alder
  • Pickups: DiMarzio UtoPIA
  • Frets: Jumbo Stainless Steel
  • Bridge: Edge Tremolo
Steve Vai PIA3761 Blue Powder
Steve Vai 35th Anniversary Signature

Steve Vai 35th Anniversary Signature

"It's kind of a mixture of every kind of swirl we've done in the past, but as a combination."

-Mike Orrigo, Artist Relations Ibanez

Cosmo Music will be receiving one of these models.

Key Specs:

  • Prototype Model
Steve Vai 35th Anniversary Signature
Joe Satriani JS2 Gold

Joe Satriani JS2 Gold

"This is an update to the JS1, which has been deemed Chromeboy. This guitar, we have been lovingly referring to as Goldboy. You could not get any more gold on this guitar if you tried."

-Mike Orrigo, Artist Relations Ibanez

Cosmo Music will be receiving one of these models.

Key Specs:

  • Body: Alder
  • Pickups: DiMarzio Satch Track FRED
  • Bridge: Edge Tremolo
Joe Satriani JS2 Gold
Nita Strauss Signature JIVAX2

Nita Strauss Signature JIVAX2

"We started with some renders. Initially Nita wanted another dark finish. Once Nita saw this in person, she didn't have to do any more thinking about it. This was the colour she wanted to go with."

-Mike Orrigo, Artist Relations Ibanez

Cosmo Music will be receiving one of these models.

Key Specs:

  • Body: African Mahogany with Quilted Maple Top
  • Pickups: DiMarzio True Velvet and Pandemonium
  • Bridge: Edge Tremolo
Nita Strauss Signature JIVAX2
Jake Bowen Signature JBM9999

Jake Bowen Signature JBM9999

"Jake and I talked about this guitar, back before the production model he had an idea in his head about the extended fingerboard and the slanted neck pickup, and it was something like "oh lets try it out", I remember showing it to Jake, and the conversation was like "this is the perfect guitar."

-Mike Orrigo, Artist Relations Ibanez

Key Specs:

  • Finish: Azure Metallic Matte
Jake Bowen Signature JBM9999
Tom Quayle Signature TQMS1

Tom Quayle Signature TQMS1

"It's a very very cool guitar, it's very well built, the neck shape is incredible."

-Mike Orrigo, Artist Relations Ibanez

Key Specs:

  • Finish: Celeste Blue
  • Pickups: Seymour Duncan Magic Touch-Mini Alnico II Pro Custom
  • Bridge: Gotoh T1802
Tom Quayle Signature TQMS1
Josh Smith Signature FLATV1

Josh Smith Signature FLATV1

"This guitar rips. Josh is very vintage minded, he plays a lot of vintage guitars. We put a lot of the specs you find in vintage models in this model."

-Mike Orrigo, Artist Relations Ibanez

Key Specs:

  • Body: Ash
  • Pickups: Seymour Duncan Flat 5 S-S
  • Bridge: Gotoh F1803
Josh Smith Signature FLATV1
Lari Basilio Signature LB1

Lari Basilio Signature LB1

"Lari worked with Seymour Duncan on these signature pickups. The first thing you'll see is that really cool middle pickup. She's such a versatile player and she covers so much ground in her playing. She wanted a set that was still very Telecaster aesthetically but has more of a Strat vibe."

-Mike Orrigo, Artist Relations Ibanez

Key Specs:

  • Body: Ash
  • Pickups: Lari Basilio S-S-H
  • Bridge: Gotoh T1702B
Lari Basilio Signature LB1
George Benson Signature GBSP10

George Benson Signature GBSP10

"Words can't express the love and gratitude we have for Mr. Benson. He is world renowned as one of the greatest guitar players to ever live. We are extremely proud and honoured that he has called Ibanez his guitar home for 45 years. To commemorate the 45th anniversary, we've created a few new signature models."

-Mike Orrigo, Artist Relations Ibanez

Key Specs:

  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Pickups: GB Special
  • Bridge: Ebony with GB10 Tailpiece
George Benson Signature GBSP10
Andy Timmons Signature ATZ10P

Andy Timmons Signature ATZ10P

"This is basically a premium version of Andy's ATZ100. Some of the biggest differences are the pickup configuration. We've went to the hum-single-single configuration. He was really pleasantly surprised by how well the DiMarzio AT-1 taps."

-Mike Orrigo, Artist Relations Ibanez

Key Specs:

  • Pickups: DiMarzio The Cruiser AT-1
  • Bridge: Wilkinson WV6-SB Tremolo
Kiko Loureiro Signature KIKO100

Kiko Loureiro Signature KIKO100

"I'm glad to see it back. You've probably seen it on tour with Megadeth. He's been using it for years. He brought it back, the fans have brought it back, so we're excited to have it back."

-Mike Orrigo, Artist Relations Ibanez

Key Specs:

  • Fretboard: Scalloped Fingerboard on 19-24 Frets
  • Pickups: DiMarzio KIKO Original
  • Bridge: Edge Tremolo
  • Tuners: Gotoh
Kiko Loureiro Signature KIKO100

About Ibanez

Ibanez is a Japanese guitar brand owned by Hoshino Gakki. Ibanez manufactures effects, accessories, amps, and instruments in Japan, China, Indonesia and in the United States (at a Los Angeles-based custom shop). As of 2017 they marketed nearly 165 models of bass guitar, 130 acoustic guitars, and more than 300 electric guitars.

NAMM 2022

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion global music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,400 members located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music-making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, visit www.namm.org.

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