Ibanez JS 10th Anniversary

1998
Luthite, Maple, Rosewood

Since the opening of its Custom shop in 1988, Ibanez gained popularity among heavy metal players with endorsements from numerous Speed legends. The Ibanez JS 10th Anniversary guitar, reasonably nicknamed ‘Chromeboy’, marked a decade of fruitful collaboration with Joe Satriani.

Unlike other JS which were made of basswood (with a chrome coating), the body of the JS 10th is built out of a composite synthetic material with unique tonal properties called Luthite. DiMarzio humbuckers, double locking vibrato, scalloped back, good sustain and harmonics, melting hot tone, this guitar is designed for complex, speedy solos with mandatory tapping and dive bombs. Hear it blast. A total of 507 Chromeboys were made.

Photo by Red&die

The latest addition to my bass collection. This is my first 5 string - it’s an early Cort Curbow off eBay (serial number indicates it dates from 2000) and it has a Mighty Mite pickup (future upgrade path to a Bartolini perhaps). Had to clean all of the metal fittings, some were very badly tarnished, so it’s taken hours. Cleaned the inside of the rotary pots with switch cleaner spray, also cleaned the jack socket - the bass now delivers a decent output (compared to the emasculated state it was in on arrival). Managed to make a little plastic washer for a tuning peg tensioner to replace one that had split. Lowered the action, checked the intonation, cleaned the fretboard, cleaned and polished the Luthite body and set the ‘slap switch’ gain and depth contour trim pots. Result! Happy bassist :)

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