JS 1200

Ibanez JS1200 Story

The JS1200 was introduced in 2004. It is very similar to the JS1000 but has some differences with it. Joe has been working for many years with Larry DiMarzio for an evolution of the PAF Pro pickup. Then comes the PAF Joe with more treble and a little bit less bass frequencies, along with the FRED that features on JS guitars since the very first JS1. Of course the other feature is the red color! Satch came up with this tasteful and flashy CA Candy Apple.

The original bridge was the Edge Pro but in 2010 Satch decided to put an original Edge on it, because it turned out to be his favourite tremolo system. Joe has been using this guitar for about six years on tour and in studio, with sometimes some experimental features like for the Wormhole Tour in 2010 where ha added a Sustainiac humucker pickup istead of the PAF Joe as we can see in the Satchurated CD/DVD.

Like his chrome guitars, the Ibanez JS1200 became a very specific and emblematic guitar from the period between its release to the introduction of the 24 frets guitars like the JS2400 and the JS24P, the JS1200 is now an important chapter of the Joe Satriani history.


Name: JS1200
Years: 2004-now
Areas: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finishes: CA (Candy Apple)

Ibanez JS1200 Candy Apple Joe Satriani signature


Body material: Basswood
Neck joint: Tilt Joint
Bridge: 2004-2009: Edge Pro tremolo
2010-now: Edge tremolo
w/ Ultralite Tremolo Arm since 2013
Hardware color: Chrome


Neck type: JS Prestige Neck
Material: 1-Piece Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Inlays: Abalone Dots
Frets: 22 / W/6105


PU Config: HH
Neck PU: DiMarzio PAF Joe
Bridge PU: DiMarzio FRED
Controls: 1 Volume (On/Off High Pass filter)
1 Tone (On/Off Coil Split) / 3-Way Toggle

Neck dimensions

Scale length: 648mm/25.5″
a: Width at nut: 42mm
b: Width at last fret: 56mm
2014: 57mm
c: Thickness at 1st fret: 20mm
d: Thickness at 12th fret: 22.3mm
Radius: 250mm

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  • This is my Ibanez JS 1200 custom with chrome DiMarzio pickups, Mo’ Joe + Paf Joe!

    • I always loved those chrome pickups.

  • Here’s my JS1200 custom! She’s from 2009 so she has the Edge Pro tremolo, quite a good vibrato. I’ve customised the painting cutting a roll of gold adhesive vinyl, at first it was to protect the vernish like a pickguard would do, but I ended up with this artwork I’m pretty proud of! ^^

    I’ve also put some acoustic foam around the FRED pickup to avoid unwanted noises (it works well), I sould do the same for the PAF Joe too.

    Then I’ve replaced the knobs by knobs from the French craftsman Riki Plectrier who makes wonderful picks and also knobs. He’s from France but he ships worldwide, take a look at his job because it’s just a work of a goldsmith. http://riki-le-plectrier.net

    Next step, I would like to change the tremolo bar & socket ot replace it by the Edge-Zero II system, which is a mix beween the Floyd Rose system and the Ibanez comfort bar. to make the bar more fixed. The system on the Edge Pro & Edge vibratos included teflon washed which deteriorate after a certain period… It’s still in project…

  • Chuan Zai

    my ibanez JS 1200 🙂 (malaysia)

    • Sweet picture, glad to meet you Chuan! 🙂 Since how many time do you have it?

  • Michael Maier

    Just picked up my new (to me) JS1200. What a sexy beast of a guitar. Great picture gallery on this page. Thanks for sharing.

  • Seba Lopez


    Is there a difference between Edge Pro and the original?