JS 24P

Ibanez JS24P Story

A few years after the Premium models were launch at Ibanez, this range hit the JS series for the first time with the JS24P in 2013. This guitar took most of the characteristics from the Prestige range, with a more superior quality than the entry-level models like the JS100 or JS600 had. This was the perfect compromise for affordable quality guitars with interesting features without customers investing too much.

The JS24P had a 24 fret Premium 3 piece neck with maple and Bubinga woods (the same woods that feature on the 2410‘s neck), a rosewood fingerboard, a rod in titanium inside and the beautiful abalone dots inlaid in the fingerboard. The body is made of American basswood like the original JS1 had back in 1989, and it’s painted with the same beautiful CA Candy Apple color that the JS1200 had.

On the pickup side, we have two humbuckers, the DiMarzio Mo’ Joe signature for the bridge and Ibanez made a compromise for the neck pickup, where they put the single-coil size DiMarzio Chopper. They choose this format for the same reasons as for the JS2400, to have both an interesting tone and good access to high notes with the 24 fret neck. For the electronic part we still have a hi-pass filter and a coil-tap. These are very interesting features because they extend the sound possibilities alot.

Specifications

Name: JS24P
Years: 2013-now
Areas: Worldwide
Made in: Indonesia
Finishes: CA (Candy Apple)

Ibanez JS24P Premium Joe Satriani signature

Body

Body material: Basswood
Neck joint: Tilt Joint
Bridge: Edge tremolo
Hardware color: Chrome

Neck

Neck type: JS Prestige
Material: JS 3pc Maple/Bubinga neck w/KTS™ Titanium rods
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Inlays: Abalone Dots
Frets: 24 / Medium w/ Premium edge treatment

Electronics

PU Config: HH
Neck PU: DiMarzio The Chopper
Bridge PU: DiMarzio Mo’ Joe
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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  • Chris

    Is JS24p made in Japan? I can’t find that info anywhere else.
    And some places say it’s made in Indonesia.

    • ksandvik

      It’s Indonesian made, but done by trained luthiers, kind of hand-made.

      • ThePedroDB

        Are you saying that the Indonesian Ibanez employees making the standard range of guitars (i.e. other than the Premium range) are untrained?!? Yikes! That sounds dodgy!! Seriously though. I think I understand what you mean.

        Very few (if any) guitars are truly hand made these days. CNC routing and finishing machines make 90% plus of guitar bodies/necks these days. It makes sense, consistency of finish and speed of production are both enhanced. Ibanez Prestige range (made by Team J Craft in Japan) is highly regarded for the quality of instruments produced but they still use CNC machinery. The higher quality comes about as a result of more hand-finishing and higher quality control (i.e. proper matching of necks to bodies, better fit, finish and set-up etc.). I have no doubt the Japanese team have a lot of pride in their work too.

        The Premium range is produced in a specific factory (it used to be located in Jawa Timur) in Indonesia. The Premium line is trying to be the Indonesian equivalent of the Japanese Prestige line. I think they are not far off getting there but need to apply better finishing & quality control in some areas if they are going to achieve similar status. Great value for money instruments though. I’m a big fan!

        • ksandvik

          No, I’m not saying that. I’m saying that it’s Indonesian made, but done by trained luthiers and hand made, not factory made. Even with CNC machines, you need trained eyes to fix small defects or discard parts, wood and similar parts are unpredictable. That’s why you need to hunt and find a good cheaper made guitar unlike the premium guitars where everything is inspected.

          Event with the hand-inspected/custom Indonesian made ones, I would inspect a JS24P unlike the Japanese ones that I’m close to sure order blindly.

          • ThePedroDB

            I think you may have missed my point. There is no hand made versus factory made. Both instruments are made in a factory using CNC machines. Unless you know otherwise. Have you personally visited the Ibanez Premium factory?.

            The only difference should be in the Quality Control and the amount of hand finishing. All Ibanez staff should be suitably trained to do what they do. A production line instrument should be as good as an instrument built by one individual – provided all staff have high enough skill at their jobs and give suitable attention to detail. Good overall Quality Control should ensure that production line items meet the standard for distribution to retailers.

            If I understand correctly, you are now saying that you wouldn’t trust the build quality of a Premium as much as a Prestige. I have read on various Ibanez forums about Customers having issues with Prestige instruments but perhaps not as much as Premium. So, despite never having owned a Prestige Ibanez, I might tend to agree with you.

            Do you own either/both Prestige or Premium line Ibanez?

          • ksandvik

            I doubt we could hair split here between hand made and CNC made as most parts for many years now have been machine made *to start with*. Quality control costs money, the more expensive an instrument is, the more QA has been involved in the product. I don’t own Premium myself, I have an RG770 I purchased 1991 that is still in pristine shape with little need for adjustments or fixing — so I do trust Japanese products. Same with the new RG665s, the ones I’ve tried so far, all have been solid. But for Indonesian Premium versions I would do a check before purchase myself. Not that the Ibanez SR300E I just got is a mighty good bass, done in Indonesia. But it’s really about the amount of money spent on QA and parts that then reflects the final purchase price.

          • ThePedroDB

            If your definition of ‘hand made’ means ‘more time and care spent by workers on finishing and final set-up’ then I believe we can agree on that.

            Hand made usually infers higher quality. Ibanez promote the Premium line at a higher price point and thus
            there is a perception of higher quality. Your reply to the OP suggested
            higher quality too – otherwise why clarify at all?.

            My experience of Indonesian Ibanez instruments does not reflect that. Whilst the materials and hardware used on the Premium line models is certainly of the highest quality, the
            detail finishing/quality control is lacking in certain areas compared with
            my standard line models.

            Maybe I was unlucky with my Premiums but based upon owners views across other forums, I do not believe mine is an isolated case. I do hope Ibanez will address this.

          • ksandvik

            Yes, even with Premium brand there’s a 50% chance you need to take it to a luthier for final fixup, maybe another $100-$200 or so setup cost. Now, I took my RG750 (Japanese made) for tuneup as well as it’s a well-worth investment in the long run. At least the Premium JS24SP has the good pickups.

          • ThePedroDB

            If that’s how you feel, why did you suggest higher quality to the OP by clarifying your statement with “hand made by trained luthiers”?

            As for your assertion that 50% require additional cost of set-up where did you get that statistic from? All I said was, mine had some minor cosmetic issues that my standard line models didn’t have.

            The JS24P is an incredible instrument built from the finest materials and virtually the same hardware (Ibanez branded tuners rather than Gotoh) as the Prestige/Japanese range. It is pretty insulting to consider it as just a decent pair of pickups…

          • ksandvik

            Did you get coffee today? I think we are again hair splitting as for me decent means good. The tuner issue is interesting as JS24P has locking tuners so the actual tuners don’t really matter. I think you saw the issue less money spent on QA with your unit.

          • ThePedroDB

            We’re not splitting hairs at all. You just keep changing what you’re saying and most of that seems to be full of inaccuracies and unsubstantiated claims. Now you’re saying that “…JS24P has locking tuners so the actual tuners don’t really matter”. Can you spot the error in that statement?

  • ThePedroDB

    I had been looking for a JS24P at a good price for some time and was lucky enough to find one last week. Since taking delivery, I literally haven’t put it down. It’s that good! It is an extremely beautiful and versatile instrument and is currently my favourite Ibanez guitar (I also own a Jem 70V, eGen8 and S470B). I own a range of guitars from other manufacturers too and love them all for what they offer but there is something just ‘right’ about Ibanez for me.

    If I were to be critical of Ibanez, then I would say that the standard of detail finish on the Premium models needs to be improved. For example the inside of the Jack Plug cavity on my 24P (and my Jem70V) is not properly painted. It should be. Premium models have been available for years now and yet instruments with a variety of finish flaws still keep appearing. My S470B is also Indonesian made and yet has a perfect finish. Higher quality Control procedures need to be applied, if Premium is to really mean Premium.

    Given that I paid well under retail for my JS24P, I am more than willing to forgive a few minor cosmetic details and enjoy it for the fabulous instrument that it is. The Candy Apple paint is lustrous and eye catching and the pickups provide a wide variety of tones. I particularly like the Dimarzio Chopper neck pickup when coil tapped. The JS neck profile is a little different from my other Ibby’s – which have varieties of Wizard neck – but feels very comfortable and slick now that it has been treated to application of some lemon oil. The Edge saddles are shimmed to take into account he tighter radius of the fret board. The Premium case is a perfect fit and has extra pads to cater for the curved edges of the guitar body. It’s all extremely well thought out.

    I was so impressed with the guitar that I treated myself to a JS Planet Waves strap to go with it. A fabulous quality strap which should give years of service.

    If you are having any doubts about this guitar, don’t. Try one for yourself and you’ll see. It’s a fabulous bit of kit and, for me at least, every bit as good as the JS2410/2450 range. Just much easier on the pocket!

  • Sebastian Lopez

    Made in Japan? Realy?

    • My bad, it’s rectified.

  • Joseph Fatica

    Ibanez makes great guitars but all guitars are the same. The sound is in your hands. You could buy all the parts and make your own guitar it would sound amazing. Scale length effects tone, pick ups and bridge do as well. The wood used also has an effect but unless you’re and audiophile I doubt you’ll hear the difference at first. I bought a used JS with Mahogany body and a fixed bridge. I love it, feels great in my hands. Play guitar!