Guitar Gallery Of The Day: Ibanez Rules

Rich Harris at Ibanezrules.com has some absolutely incredible Ibanez guitars featured in his gallery. He’s also probably the most knowledgable guy there is for Ibanez tech issues, his setup work is legendary, and he’s a great dude to hang out with – even if his driving sucks. Check out Rich’s gallery here, where you’ll see my favourite Ibanez JS finishes (the Rainbow and Rainforest), plenty of Donnies, a bunch of left-handed Jems and JSs, ATD, MKR and reissue Universes, Petruccis, PGMs, RBMs, and even rare birds like the RGGold, RGGear and RGArt1.

NEWS: Ibanez discontinues fixed bridge Jem

Just a heads-up, the Ibanez Jem7EAFX – the fixed-bridge Jem that everyone liked the idea of but weren’t so thrilled about the big Vai/Earth decal behind the bridge – is being discontinued in 2010, according to the venerable Rich Harris of Ibanez Rules in a post on Jemsite. So if you want one you’d better snap it up now.

CLICK HERE to see Ibanez Jems on eBay.

CLICK HERE to buy the Jem7VWH (that’s the regular white Jem, of which I’m a proud owner) from Guitar Center.

NAMM 2009: Ibanez 7 string guitars and 7 string basses

Check out Rich Harris’s awesome NAMM coverage at Ibanez Rules. Rich is a legend among Ibanez geeks such as myself. Here are a few interesting new 7-strings from his site, but be sure to go to to see the rest.

SR7 bass/guitar hybrid

Rich says: “My pick for the coolest new instrument at the show, Ibanez continues it’s innovation into multi string instruments but introducing a Bass/Guitar Hybrid 7 string based on the SoundGear platform. It’s tuned to standard 6 string bass tuning B E A D G C but adds a high E, you can see how easily this can be changed to normal 7 string guitar tuning. It’s 30″ scale and narrower string spacing means you can play it like a guitar, or a bass.”

This is a Prestige series instrument made in Japan. List price is $2133.32 including case. Rich has ordered some of these, so hit up his site if you’re interested.

RG7321FMBBS

Didn’t see this one coming! Rich says: “Basswood body with flamed maple top [I’m guessing veneer at this price point], 7 string, 5 piece maple/walnut Wizard II – 7 neck, jumbo frets on a bound rosewood board, basswood body, fixed 7 bridge, AH1-7 neck and AH2-7 bridge pickups.” Made in Indonesia, list price is $666.65. Case is the M100C at $159.99.

Photos by Rich Harris, but hosted by me so I don’t eat up his bandwidth.

NAMM 2009: New Ibanez Jem saves planet

So it seems there’s more to the now infamous VAI/Earth graphic that adorns the new Ibanez JEM7EAFXBK than originally thought.

The display accompanying the guitar at NAMM reads:

The newest member of the JEM family of Steve Vai signature guitars is the first JEM to feature a fixed bridge, which alone makes it a modern guitar milestone. But as Steve Vai’s own global graphic design on the body indicates, the JEM7EAFXBK is the first of Ibanez’s World Wood Program dedicated to increased utilisation of sustainable hardwoods in guitar making. Basswood is used in the body not only because of its tone, light weight and ability to work well with effects, but also because basswood has long been recognised by progressive guitar makers as a sustainable hardwood with a fast growing cycle. The maple used in making the neck is verified as a sustainable wood by the United States Forestry Service and the Indiana DNR Division of forestry.

Ibanez and its artists and designers believe that the use of renewable resources in musical instruments is a necessary and important contribution to the livable world.

As Steve Vai himself says, “This guitar will give you wood forever.”

Photo courtesey of Rich Harris’ Ibanez Rules. CLICK HERE to buy a JEM7EAFXBK from Rich.

NAMM 2009: Ibanez Paul Gilbert Fireman.

The venerable Rich Harris from Ibanez Rules has confirmed in a posting on Jemsite that the much-rumoured Ibanez Fireman (reverse Iceman, geddit?) Paul Gilbert model will be released in extremely limited quantities, and it ain’t going to be cheap at $9,333.33.

Rich said: “There will be 50 Fireman’s total. 45 SSS for World distribution, 18 to HUSA, and 5 in HH for Japan distribution only, probably by lottery the way they usually do.

The 20th (the PGM100RE) is very reasonable at $2,666, but limited to 300 Worldwide, 120 to HUSA, so tough getting allocations.”

Free plug for Rich: I’ve bought a bunch of parts from Ibanez Rules over the years, and while I’ve never bought a guitar from him, his setups are legendary.