JS 140

Ibanez JS140 Story

The new Ibanez JS140 signature Joe Satriani has been anounced for the NAMM show 2015, and will be sold a few months after.

The JS140 will be a very affordable JS series, a mix between the JS100, and the JS2400. Indeed, this guitar will have 24 frets which is an important feature, since the 2012 Joe and Ibanez Produced only 24 frets guitars, 4 Prestige ranged guitars: the JS2400, his left-handed version the JS2400L, the JS2410JS2450 and the Premium JS24P, but they were no cheaper JS guitar that featured the 24 frets, that has now been done !

The Ibanez JS140 has a White (WH) color finish. The Prestige guitars now have an alder body and a 3 pieces neck but the JS140 took account of the characteristics from the JS series since 1989, featuring a basswood body and a 1 piece maple neck and rosewood fretboard, including a Chrome hardware. The neck features medium frets, possibly the 6150 Warmoth, with white dots inlays.

For the first time in the JS series the bridge will be an Edge-Zero II tremolo, a double locking tremolo that features the zero point system that keeps the tremolo unit flat (at the zero point), designed to eliminate the hassle of tuning and providing a more comfortable playing experience with a more stable bridge, perfect for chords.

The electronic parts went to the essential, a Tone, a Volume, a 3-way selector and of course a coil-tap on the Tone pot so you can split the pickups. The JS140 will feature two humbuckers pickups as always for Ibanez JS guitars, a Quantum for the bridge with a ceramic coil, and a Infinity RD for the neck. The Infinity RD pickup is a single-coil size humbucker and that’s a greatfeature because the radius of the 22 and 24 frets guitars are the same (648mm/25.5″). For tonal reasons Joe chose to reduce it’s side instead of moving it towards the bridge.

Specifications

Name: JS140
Years: 2015
Areas: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finishes: WH (White)

Ibanez JS140 Joe Satriani signature

Body

Body material: Basswood
Neck joint: Tilt Joint
Bridge: Edge-Zero II
Hardware color: Chrome

Neck

Neck type: JS
Material: 1-Piece Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Inlays: White Dots
Frets: 24 / Medium

Electronics

PU Config: HH
Neck PU: Infinity RD
Bridge PU: Quantum
Controls: 1 Volume / 1 Tone (On/Off Coil Split)
3-Way Toggle

Neck dimensions

Scale length: 648mm/25.5″
a: Width at nut: 42mm
b: Width at 21th fret: 56
c: Thickness at 1st fret: 20mm
d: Thickness at 12th fret: 22.3mm
Radius: 400 mm

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  • Jonathan Wilkinson

    I really like Joe Satriani and Ibanez guitars. However I recently bought a JS 140 and I’ll say that you can find alot better guitar for alot less. The neck is not real smooth, doesn’t look like maple neither. I reviewed it on Sweetwaters website a while back, told the positives and the negatives in the most polite way I could think of, but I guess unless you have all positive things to say, they don’t publish it. My advice is shop around . You’ll find alot better quality for alot less. Never thought I’d say this about an Ibanez, yet alone a signature ibanez.

    • Hi Jonathan. Feel free to add any of your opinion about this guitar or any other here. 😉 I personally tested the JS140 guitar on shop, and I didn’t liked the finition but I like the way the tremolo bar felt. The touch was cheaper than the Prestige models but was still decent. However I agree with you on the fact that you can have better guitars for the same price, BUT this guitar is a compromise for people who can’t afford a prestige model, it’s “logical” they put less attention in there.

  • David

    I have the JS140 and love the tone. I also have the Mo’ Joe and Satch Track pickups in a box. Do you think it would be an upgrade to install them or should I just leave the stock pickups? Thanks for the write-up.

    • ThePedroDB

      Branded pickups replacing stock manufacturer pickups ought to be an upgrade but it would be difficult to tell without trying them back to back (I haven’t). Only you will be able to decide if you like the Dimarzios better or not.

      My JS24P has the Mo’Joe but has the Chopper rather than the Satch Track. I’m very happy with the variety of tones available – especially the coil tapped Chopper. The Satch Track looks closely related in balance and output to the Chopper. I have only heard the Quantum pickups via YouTube reviews. Personally, I doubt you would be disappointed by the Dimarzio’s.

      Installing the Mo’ Joe & Satch Track would give your JS140W the same pickups as Joe’s JS2410/50. If you are looking to replicate the JS tone as closely as possible, then starting with the correct pickups can only help. The full JS tone will of course be dependent on the rest of your rig and your technique!

      If you install them and don’t like them, you can always go back to the stock pickups…

    • ThePedroDB

      David, I replied to you earlier but my comment appears to have been removed. So, I shall re-post as best I can remember.

      In short, swapping out OEM pickups for ‘branded’ replacements is usually considered as an upgrade. However, whether you prefer the tone is another matter and only you can decide that. Having bought the replacement pickups, why not try them and see which is more to your liking? If you find that you prefer the stock pickups then you can always swap them back again. You are in a unique position in being able to do a direct comparison between the Quantum/Infinity RD and the Mo’ Joe/Satch Track. Perhaps you can publish your findings after you have tried them?

      I have no complaints with the Dimarzios fitted to my JS24P. The Mo’ Joe is a fine pickup. According to the Dimarzio website, the Chopper is closely related to the Satch track (see comparison photo below) – with very similar balance and output. I love the tone from the Chopper, particularly when coil tapped. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5178735a972439bc9b1eed74941352518c5bafd97d46af61bc54a064d028504e.jpg

      I do not think you will be disappointed by the Dimarzios.

      • David

        Thanks for your insight. I’ll keep playing the stock ones a little longer to get a better feel for them. One weekend I’ll give the Mo’ Joe/Satch Track combo a try. The JS24P is a beautiful guitar, I’m sure you enjoy it. It’s definitely on my list to get. Cheers

      • From my experience, the Satch Track is wonderful so if you have one you should definitely install it. http://www.joesatrianiuniverse.com/gear/dimarzio-pickups/#mo_joe About the Mo’Joe, I love that pickup and I think you have some interest to install it, it’s an AlNiCo5 magnet so it’s also way more dynamic than the ceramic, the feeling is very different, especially when splitted. http://www.joesatrianiuniverse.com/gear/dimarzio-pickups/#satch_track
        ThePedroDB About the comment you posted earlier I have deleted nothing so it is something else.
        David, just wondering, what color are they?

        • David

          I apologize for not responding earlier. I didn’t get notified. I got the black covers on both.

          • No problem man, good to know! After several months of owining this guitar, are you happy about it? Are the woods solid enough to keep your guitar tuned when you use your tremolo?

  • ThePedroDB

    I’ve just joined the ranks of Satch signature owners following my purchase of a JS24P. I am putting a general comment here (rather than in the JS24P section) because I wanted to add to the comments made by Jonathan Wilkinson.

    Firstly, and with reference to Jonathan’s comment. Yes, it is undoubtedly possible to buy ‘better’ – especially at full retail. That is the nature of signature guitars. You are paying for the associated name as much as the instrument. However, I think my 24P is a very fine instrument. My current favourite, in fact.

    In general, I would say that Premium line Ibanez offer really good materials and hardware for the price. Unfortunately, they can be lacking in the quality of final finish. For example the inside of the Jack Plug cavity on my 24P (and my Jem70V) is not properly painted. It should be. I have an S470B (also Indonesian made) which has a perfect finish. So, why not these “Premium” models too?. It is this lack of quality in detail finish where the Premium range suffers in comparison to the Japanese Prestige models. Hopefully, Ibanez Quality Control will improve for the Premium range.

    Had I paid full retail for either of my Ibanez Premium guitars, I would have considered returning them. Since, I got an extremely good deal on each, I’m happy to accept some small finish flaws and enjoy them for function over cosmetics.

    JSU.com has become a favourite site of mine and clearly has more content (e.g Tabs, backing Tracks) to come – so, I shall be a regular visitor. One
    suggestion I have is to ensure all content is fully checked prior to publication. There are a few obvious errors (e.g. JS140 & JS24P should be “Made in Indonesia” – rather than Japan) which should be corrected to avoid confusion. JS fans will want to treat this site as a definitive source of reference material and rely on the integrity of the information published. I also greatly appreciate Saturax’s video reviews of JS Guitars on YouTube. Brilliant stuff! Keep up the great work!!!

  • David

    1. I contacted Ibanez a couple weeks ago but haven’t heard so I’m asking here. I have a new JS140 and the A and G string saddles are slipping forward which throws off the intonation. I have to tighten the saddle set screws very tight, beyond my comfort level, and within a couple days the screw works loose and the saddle starts to slip under string tension like bending. Is there a fix for this?

    2. I have two strings that I have to move the saddles so far back to get proper intonation that the front edge of the saddle is behind the front of the screw head holding it in position. That can’t be good. Is there a way to get the intonation correct without such extreme settings?

    Cheers

    • Mitch Wild

      David. Do you stretch the strings out once you have installed them? Do you loosen the nut Allen screws when tuning?

    • angryibanezguy

      Loctite is your friend. Find and mark proper intonation, remove strings and screws, dab on loctite and reinstall screws. Had to do that on the edge 3 on my 350ex

      • David

        Thank you. That did the trick so I didn’t have to replace the plate. It took a lot of finagling trying to get it as tight as I could without stripping the screws again. One screw is oversized because the original threads were toast. Very unnerving to think another screw was strong enough to tap the threads but it’s working. Thanks again.

  • Mitch Wild

    I just got one of these yesterday. It needed setting up properly. No big deal as I expect to have to do this myself to all my guitars anyway. So far I have to say I really like it. Ok, for sure it’s early days yet, but this is my first impression after just a few hours. The neck feels rather Strat like with a smooth feel to the back rather than the horrid sticky necks often found on some guitars these days. This being a much more modern superstrat designed with the input from Joe it’s not ever going to feel in any way uncomfortable. Frets are all finished off to a good standard on mine. No need for the fret file, wire wool or sandpaper here then. I did have to adjust the truss rod for a bit more neck relief. The tremolo I can assure you works just fine once adjusted properly despite many people saying it doesn’t. It seems to stay in tune and the bridge has a good low action that suits how I play. Decent tuners, no issues there. The pickups sound like Ibanez went to some trouble making these as close to Joe’s Di Marzio’s. The two compliment each other very well in my opinion. The overall design is what I really like most of all and what first drew my attention. I’ve never ever bought a signature “designed” guitar before, and never thought I would. Partly because I couldn’t care less what some other guitarist likes. He isn’t me! However, this one is really nicely thought out. The body shape is simple and contoured in a much cleaner way than say a Stratocaster. I find the shape very comfortable and pleasing. Most guitars I have owned could be improved in some way or other. I’ve owned lots! Fender’s and Gibson’s mainly for more than fourty years with a few PRS’s and others in there too. This Indonesian made guitar really shows how it can be done at reasonable cost. The indonesians are really turning out some fine instruments lately. This isn’t my first instrument by any means either from this manufacturer or the country. The Soundgear basses are really very nice and I’ve got three of those too. The body shape of the JS140 does remind me of the SR basses in fact. Like I said before, early days yet. But first impressions are very very positive indeed. You just have to know what you’re doing to set them up properly, or have the store do it for you of course. Rarely does a guitar come from the factory correctly set up. Many are stacked into shipping containers and get subjected to temperature changes on the voyage to you. Even if they were set up properly at the factory, the chances are that the journey will have caused the wood to settle. If I owned a guitar store, I would insist that every guitar was set up before sale to a standard acceptable to the average guitarist. It takes a few minutes to do and makes all the difference in the world to how it plays. Anyway, I like my JS140 and recommend them to anyone.