Test Ibanez JSART2 signature Joe Satriani

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It’s not a common day when you have the occasion to play on a remarkable guitar. Thanks to the shop Metal Guitar in Paris who invited us once more, we could make this exclusive test of the Ibanez JSART2.


Subtitles are available on the YouTube video player.


In order to fits Joe’s sounds preferencies, I played on a Marshall JVM410H Custom Shop Tatoo 100W pluged in a 4×12″ cab featuring Celestion Vintage 30 speakers. I’ve used the Clean mode on orange and pushed the mediums quite a bit to keep a good organic clean, the crunch mode also on orange mode with an higher gain and finally the OD1 channel on orange mode too with gain only at 5 considering this head has alsmost an infinte range of gain. I lowered the highs on overdrive mode to compensate the V30.

The amp reverb was set at 2 on clean & crunch, and 1 on OD1. Recorded with a Zoom H4N.


Clean :

  • Circles – Joe Satriani
  • Miss You – Rolling Stones
  • Always With Me, Always With You – Joe Satriani
  • Satisfaction – Stevie Wonder

Backing songs :

Crunch :

  • Stranglehold – Ted Nugent

OD1 :

  • If I Could Fly – Joe Satriani
  • Can’t Slow Down – Joe Satriani
  • Satch Boogie – Joe Satriani


Basically, the Ibanez JSART2 has the same specs than his predecessor the JS25ART, made 2 years ago for the 25th anniversary of the association & collaboration between Joe and Ibanez. The only difference on the paper is aesthetically, plain white and light-colored on the background for the new one, while the other was other a gradient black.

Compared to the serial JS, the specs are right in between the JS2400 (stopped in 2015) and the JS2450. The 3-pieces maple neck with bubinga on the center, a rosewood fretboard and pearly dots inlays seems to be a carbon copy of the JS2450 specs, however the neck is way thinner and feels more comfortable, enough to notice when you’re used any other JS neck.

Basswood is finally back after several years of alder bodies on Prestige series. The electronics feature the classic Mo’ Joe on the bridge and the excellent Satch Track one the neck. This last pickup is my favorite neck, right after the PAF Joe and its bluesy-creamy texture. Both pickups are humbuckers – single format for the Satch Track – but can be splitted by pulling the tone pot as you can see in the video, giving more sound range. This is particularly interesting on the neck position when you end up with great stratoid rhythm sounds. Finally the JSART2 has an Edge tremolo, along with both the regular Ibanez bar and the Ultralite Tremolo Arm (UTA).


Of course we can’t end up this review without cheering up the shop Metal Guitar in Paris. They always have great guitars to the shop, all our favorite shredder’s latest guitars as soon as they got released, but also exclusive arrivals like the outstanding Caparison guitars, some unique collection – like obviously the JSART- or the 25th Steve Vai’s anniversary triplets.

They distribute among other brands : Mayones, Schecter, Edwards, Dean, Washburn, Jackson, Lâg, EVH, etc. If you are passing through Paris, visit them in Pigalle. Facebook page.

I hope you liked this test and review of the JSART2. If I have to say a word about the drawing, I really loved this one. It’s all subjective of course but I find this simple black streak on a white background is sometimes more appreciable than colored ones. More generally I preferred the second edition of the JSART over the first one thanks to the white base.

Let me know in the comments what you though of this review and what next JS gear you want me to test. Don’t forget to follow us on YouTube and see you next time!

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