Envisioned to be "the finest Japanese-made guitar in history," U.S. guitar connoisseurs waited for over decade to access the ultimate made-in-Japan guitar domestically. Built by some of the most maste... Read More
Envisioned to be "the finest Japanese-made guitar in history," U.S. guitar connoisseurs waited for over decade to access the ultimate made-in-Japan guitar domestically. Built by some of the most masterly luthiers in the far east, the j.custom designation represents every advance in design and technology Ibanez has developed over the last 20 years: the best woods, neck, and fret treatments, perfect pickup combos, and tremolo systems that are the envy of the industry. To maximize playability, the j.custom has recessed control knobs. Gotoh® Free-Lok locking strap pins, a j.custom standard, yield confidence in all performance situations. The JCRG20127 features flamed maple top & alder back body efectively positions the strumming/picking hand optimally for anything from a fast riffing to fat, full power chords. The j.custom Tree of Life inlay is the designer's symbolic testament to the importance of continual growth. Availability is extremely limited.
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I don't take the time to write reviews, but I had to do this one. Straight to the point, this guitar is a true master class instrument. Not just a guitar but a quality heirloom instrument to be passed on when I go. I wasn't looking to buy this but once I played it, it was an "OH MY GOD!" moment. I had to sell what I could and borrow what I could to get it. The quality of this hand built craftsmanship is beyond. I had been looking to buy a high end Les Paul, Japanese Jem or Universe, the J Custom surpasses all those easily. Something not advertised about this J Custom is that they are rare and LIMITED!!! I have the purple (or "Violet Amethyst" they call it) The certificate that came with mine details that it is 1 of 18 built. I don't know how many of the other colors they built, but 18 in the world, that's luck to get one. Considering all of the features, the most note worthy for me is the fret treatment. Super smooth, ball ended, crazy consistent over the whole neck. Running up and down the edge of the fretboard the fret ends feel soft and perfectly finished. Makes frets on other guitars feel disappointing. The resonance of the wood acoustically is astounding. Set side by side with my Indonesian 7 string Ibanez and my Les Paul, the J Custom booms and has so much more tone and projection (unplugged!!). The DiMarzio PAFs are great pickups. Humbucking they are very similar to the PAFs on my Les Paul. The 5 way switch yields great tonal options, allowing hum bucking, hum bucking in parallel, single coil tapped. I like it much better than the more common Ibanez H-S-H setup with 5 way. This H-H with 5 way gives options to get tones that are smooth, fat, punchy, mellow or edgy. The volume and tone pots seem to give real and usable adjustment, great control of the sound. It came strung with 9's, which sounded good, but I restrung with Ernie Ball Cobalt 10 through 46, BOOM, big difference. I use Cobalt 10's on everything now, they just make everything sound better, brings a bit more of a guitar's sound out. The use of choice, quality wood and attention to detail is a step above. The body and neck are bound with a flamed natural maple. the top is a beautiful stained AAA flamed maple. The inlay up the neck has some really astounding abalone, much better than the perloid vine on the Jems. I bought this as a player, but it's so nice I had to buy another cheaper Ibanez 7 string for a knock around because the J Custom is not leaving my house! I am all about the instrument itself so the accessories weren't a selling point to me, but it came with some great stuff. A ridiculously lush custom case, great complete tool set, a coffee table quality book on history of Ibanez and a hand signed certificate of authenticity. I routinely go to Guitar Center and pull down the top shelf or "Platinum" series guitars, every time I play any other guitar it makes me appreciate how nice my J Custom is. I'll spare you, but I could write a book here.
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