Ibanez JSM10 Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar (with Case)

Feature: What it does:
Semi-hollow body Enhances sustain, more open tone and feel
Flamed maple top, back and sides Premium wood grain with bright, projecting tone
Bound ebony fretboard Luxurious looks and focused tone
Super 58 Custom humbucker Faithful copy of classic pickup; smooth and even
- Neck: JSM 3pc Mahogany/Maple set-in neck
- Body top/ back/ sides: Flamed Maple
- Fingerboard: Bound Ebony
- Nut: Bone
- Inlay: Acrylic/Abalone block
- Frets: Medium frets w/ Artstar fret edge treatment
- Neck pickup: Super 58 (H) neck pickup (Passive/Alnico)
- Bridge pickup: Super 58 (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Alnico)
- Special Electronics: Tri-sound switch for neck pickup
- Bridge: ART1
- Hardware: Gold
- Accessories: Hard shell case included
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Vintage Yellow Sunburst
Shipping Weight: 21 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 47 x 19 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): JSM10VYS
Ibanez Non-New Product Warranty Information Ibanez Electric Guitars and Basses have a 1-year warranty on NEW instruments only for the ORIGINAL purchaser with a Sales Receipt. All used products are not under warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-669-8262
(3 ratings)
Submitted December 10, 2017 by David G in Woodbridge, VA
"Excellent guitar"
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I’ve been playing this guitar for 6 months now...playing it a lot. I didn’t want to review it “right out of the box”, I wanted to wait until the glow of newness had worn off and I could more objectively review it. I wanted a 335 style guitar, but wasn’t looking to pay $2-3K for a Gibson. If you didn’t know the guitar was made in China, you’d think it was American or Japanese made. Well balanced, I don’t care for the balance of Les Paul when playing sitting down. The neck is maybe the best I’ve played. I have medium sized hands and it’s great feel in my hands. I’d call it thick...but I don’t mean to imply it’s overly big. All of my other guitars are Fender Strats and Teles AVRI’s and this neck plays just as well as feels just as good as those thinner necks...but with better fret work. Frets are medium, not jumbo’s, so if you like a more vintage style fret these will fit the bill nicely. Not too small, not too wide and they don’t “fret out” when bending. Gorgeous maple flame on the body. Timers are excellent, being Chinese made I fully expected to need to change them out. Not needed at all. Might swap out pots at some point. I do prefer treble bleeds on my volume pots, but that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Finish is perfect. I purchased a “blemished” model from zZounds...but for the life of me I can’t find anything remotely wrong or blemished on this finish. I normally prefer the feel of a nitro finish...but the finish on this is phenomenal. The neck finish is slick, fast and feels thin, not thick or sticky. The fret work is read more seriously among the best I’ve ever seen on any guitar at any price. Honestly Gibson and Fender could learn a thing or two about fret end dressing from the JSM10. They’re absolutely perfect. Bone nut was cut perfectly. I restrung it with Earnie Ball 11’s and didn’t need to tweek the nut. I play with a wound 3rd, so I usually need to lightly run a file thru that slot to prevent the wound string from binding, but not this nut. Case is top quality. I wouldn’t let airline baggage handlers touch it, but for typical use and transport, it looks great and will hold up well. Pickups are everything they should be. I do have spare Gibson 57’s and custom wound Duncan’s lying around, but I can’t see any reason to swap them out. I play thru a Fender ‘65 Princeton Reverb RI and Tweed Deluxe Clone made by Carl’s Custom Amps, the JSM10 sounds great thru both. The only thing I wish the guitar had was an additional tri-sound switch for the bridge pup. The tri-sound switch isn’t just some gimmick, to me it’s been surprisingly more useful than I though it would be. I rarely use pedals so I can’t tell you how well it interacts with them. Ibanez really hit the mark dead on with the JSM10. It’s a professional level guitar right out of the box. Slap your favorite strings on it and tweek the setup a little and you’re ready to go. It’s a far better guitar than it’s price would indicate. $1K isn’t cheap, but this guitar easily holds it own against any semi-hollow 2 or 3 times it’s price. From just its appearance alone this $1K guitar is far better looking than most Gibson 335’s in the $2-3K price range and sounds just as good...and that Gibson ISN’T going to come with an ebony fretboard or a flamed maple front and back.

Musical Background:
Home player. Semi-experienced...good enough to know what’s quality and what isn’t in an instrument.

Musical Style:
Blues
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