Joe Satriani started working with Ibanez in 1987 when he became an endorser/designer. He started with the classic 540R to define the very particular JS body and Prestige neck shapes that have made this guitar series a benchmark in the Ibanez factories.
From the old JS1 to the current JS2450 the JS series kept on evolving, going from 22 to 24 frets, refining the body shape, refining the neck shape and material, changing the bridge, working on better electronics with DiMarzio, varying the woods and proposing a huge amount of finishes. For more than twenty-seven years now the JS guitar series continues to innovate and please guitar players.
“Joe wanted a guitar that would stant the test of time, an instrument where each and every detail had been evaluated, changed only where needed and then exhaustively refined.
Three years of comparing ideas, building numerous protoypes and working on every nuance of guitar design has now produced a contemporary classic: the JS Joe Satriani Model guitars.”
On every JS guitar, the body has a lightweight aero-foil shape with a tilt joint that provides comfort, upper fret access and expressive singing tones, so easily recognizable and unforgettable.
The neck on Prestige models is a multi-radius Prestige neck, an exact digital rendering of the neck on Joe’s favorite axe, giving great comfort for playing and also making it available to the public masses.
The JS guitar line features a lot of finishes. Between special artistic jobs that feature on some collector models, there are the classics like Black and White, but also various colors like the sweet red Candy Apple of the gorgeous Champagne Gold. Some other finishes are very particular such as Burnt Transparent Blue or even the Blue/Purple/Green Flip Flop that is sort of a chameleon finish that changes from the angle you are looking at. The Muscle Car Orange finish is inspired from a classic American car and there are also varnish finishes like Transparent Red & Stained Oil that both let the wood appear and chromed and transparent finishes are the icing on the cake.
“On tour around the world I see kids bringing the 1000’s, the 100’s, the 6’s, even the 1’s, 2’s, 3’s and 4’s… It’s amazing to think that this line that started as a clay model is now a line that’s been accepted by guitar players around the world, and of course it’s been my instrument of expression.”
“I hooked up with Rich Lasner who was working with Ibanez and he send me a 540Radius that I really loved. Then one thing led to another and all was settled, more guys were coming out, there has clay models, we were using the 540R as a jumping off point. We were changing the demensions a little bit, were changing the wood, were changing the neck radically, we were looking for a different composition to the bridge, and of course with Larry (DiMarzio, ndlr) we were taking the pickups to a complete different place. The guitar has got to be expressive so everything, every little choice that we make, if it makes the guitar sound like other guitar then forget it, and that’s how we wound up with the JS guitars.”