The Ibanez JS2k PLT, also known as the Y2K, celebrates the year 2000, with only 200 models produced. The very daring transparent finish is a reference to the album from the time, Crystal Planet and even the pickup bobbins and wire insulation were see-through.
The body is made of transparent acrylic and is luminescent and the pickup selector, the pickups, the head and the silver dots inlaid on the JS neck rosewood fretboard glow under UV lights and are reflective inside the body. A special black hardshell with purple plush lining and a certificate of authenticity engraved on a metal plate are supplied with the JS2k, as well as a chromed Planet Waves strap, a flexible pick guard and some documents and goodies.
The two undressed pickups are a DiMarzio FRED for the neck and a PAF Pro for the bridge, featuring the usual hi-pass filter that can be activated on the volume pot and a coil-tap on the tone pot. The knobs are barrel-shaped and graduated and that is a pretty rare feature for a JS guitar. It’s weight is a bit heavier that the average JS series at 4.8 kg (10.5 lbs), and it features a Lo Pro Edge for the bridge.
Like its sister, the atypical JS2PRM would be launched five years later. The manufacturing quality was the cream of the crop of what Ibanez can produce, however this collection guitar has to be carefully used so as to not scratch the body surface.
“The Joe Satriani Y2K Limited Edition Signature Model is a study in acrylic inspired by Satriani’s masterwork of the same name. This document certifies that this JS2K-PLT serial number xxx/200 is a genuine Ibanez Limited Edition Y2K Instrument. This guitar was carefully crafted of the finest material available in strick accordance with the high standards of Ibanez luthiery.”
Certificate of Authenticity.
Name: JS2k PLT
Made in: Japan
Finishes: PLT (Crystal Planet)
Body material: Acrylic
Neck joint: Tilt Joint
Bridge: Pro Edge
Hardware color: Chrome
Neck type: JS
Material: 1-Piece Maple
Inlays: Silver Dots
9 inlaid Abalone planets on the 12 fret.
Frets: 22 / 6105
PU Config: HH
Neck PU: DiMarzio PAF Pro transparent
Bridge PU: DiMarzio FRED transparent
Controls: 1 Volume (On/Off High Pass filter)
1 Tone (On/Off Coil Split) / 3-Way Toggle
Scale length: 648mm/25.5″
a: Width at nut: 42mm
b: Width at last fret: 56mm
c: Thickness at 1st fret: 20mm
d: Thickness at 12th fret: 22.3mm