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NAMM 2014: Ibanez Guitars (Jake Bowen, Kiko Loureiro, Tosin Abasi)

NAMM 2014: Ibanez Guitars (Jake Bowen, Kiko Loureiro, Tosin Abasi)

January 24th, 2014 by




This year at NAMM, Ibanez’s Mike Orrigo hosted a reveal of three new formidable signature models for three of their artists: Periphery’s Jake Bowen, Angra’s Kiko Loureiro, and Animals As Leaders’ Tosin Abasi. Check out the videos of each artist below along with specs, pictures, and a gallery featuring highlights of the 2014 Ibanez lineup at the bottom of the page!

Jake Bowen (Periphery) – JBM100

Jake’s new signature JMB100 guitar is built for deep riffing, featuring his signature DiMarzio® Titan™ pickups, carefully engineered to handle his Drop-C tuning in tandem with the Lo Pro Edge bridge. It sticks out from the crowd with its dark, but not quite black matte finish, gold hardware, and reverse headstock. (Check out our interview with Jake at NAMM here!)

 

Ibanez JBM100

Ibanez JBM100

Specifications

  • Neck: 3-piece maple/bubinga neck
  • Body: Maple top/mahogany body
  • Fretboard: Bound ebony fretboard w/JBM special 12th fret inlay
  • Frets: Jumbo frets w/Prestige fret edge treatment
  • Bridge: Lo Pro Edge bridge
  • Tuners: Sperzel Trim-Lok machineheads in gold
  • Neck measurements: 43mm-58mm width, 18mm-20mm thickness, 430mmR radius
  • Scale: 648mm/25.5″
  • Neck pickup: DiMarzio® Titan™ (H) neck pickup (passive/ceramic)
  • Bridge pickup: DiMarzio® Titan™ (H) bridge pickup (passive/ceramic)
  • Hardware: Black with gold machineheads
  • String Gauge: .011/.014/.019/.032/.044/.056
  • Factory tuning: 1D, 2A, 3F, 4C, 5G, 6C (Drop C)

 

Kiko Loureiro (Angra) – KIKO100 & KIKO10P

Kiko’s signature guitars (the KIKO100 and the KIKO10P PREMIUM) meld modern with classic with a substantial SA body built with alder for a crisper, brighter sound, and a neck profile that straddles the speed of the Wizard and the grip of Satriani’s JS series. His signature DiMarzio® KIKO pickups that shape the sound of both guitars are based on a higher-output version of the legendary PAF pickups, giving him the bite that high-gain playing demands without losing the control he needs for subtler fusion sounds.

 

Ibanez KIKO10P

Ibanez KIKO10P

 Specifications

  • Neck: 5-piece maple/walnut KIKO100/10P neck
  • Body: Flamed maple top/alder body
  • Fretboard: Rosewood fretboard w/KIKO special inlay on 12th fret
  • Frets: Jumbo frets w/Premium fret edge treatment
  • Bridge: Edge-Zero II bridge
  • Neck measurements: 42mm-57mm width, 20mm-22mm thickness, 430mmR radius (400mmR on the KIKO10P)
  • Scale: 648mm/25.5″
  • Neck pickup: DiMarzio® KIKO original (H) neck pu (Passive/Ceramic)
  • Middle pickup: DiMarzio® KIKO original (S) mid pu (Passive/Alnico)
  • Bridge Pickup: DiMarzio® KIKO original (H) bridge pu (Passive/Ceramic)
  • Hardware: Cosmo black
  • String Gauge: .010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046 (D’Addario EXL110)
  • Tilt-in jack for a more secure cable connection
  • Recessed control knobs
  • Coil-tap switch on volume knob for neck and bridge pickups

 

Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders) – TAM10

Tosin’s second signature Ibanez captures a piece of history by resembling the 8-string Ibanez Custom Shop that was the starting point for Tosin’s first signature model, which itself wound up looking quite different from the prototype. The TAM10 features a maple/walnut body rather than the wenge/bubinga of the TAM100, offset inlays instead of trapedzoidal mother of pearl, a white finish with a tortoiseshell pickguard, and black rather than gold hardware. It shares with its predecessor the same exact electronics, including Tosin’s signature Ionizer single coil and humbucker pickups with coil-splitting, which are controlled with the same 5-way switch and coil-tap. (Check out our interview with Tosin at NAMM here!)

 

Ibanez TAM10

Ibanez TAM10

Specifications

  • Neck: Type TAM8 5pc maple/walnut neck
  • Body: Basswood body (40mm body thickness)
  • Fretboard :Rosewood fretboard w/off-set white dot inlay
  • Fret: Jumbo frets
  • Bridge: Gibraltar Standard II-8 bridge
  • Neck measurements: 55mm-80mm width, 19mm-21mm thickness, 430mmR radius
  • Scale: 685.8mm/27″
  • Neck pickup: DiMarzio® Ionizer8™-N (H) neck pickup (passive/ceramic)
  • Middle pickup: DiMarzio® Ionizer8™-M (S) middle pickup (passive/ceramic)
  • Bridge Pickup: DiMarzio® Ionizer8™-B (H) bridge  pickup (passive/ceramic)
  • Hardware: Black
  • String gauge: D’Addario .010/ .013/ .017/ .030/ .042/ .054/ .064/ .074
  • Factory tuning: 1E, 2B, 3G, 4D, 5A, 6E, 7B, 8E

 

Gallery

Click thumbnails to view full-size pictures:

 

[Special thanks to Chris Dingman and Alexander Pierce for their fantastic video work, and Chris’ additional editing assistance!]

NAMM 2014: Ibanez Guitars (Jake Bowen, Kiko Loureiro, Tosin Abasi)

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