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Ibanez Debuts Record Number Of Signature Bass And Guitar Models [ Winter NAMM 2007 ]

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Anaheim, CA, 18 January 2007 — Already well-known for its artist signature models such as George Benson’s GB10, Steve Vai’s JEM, and the Joe Satriani JS models, Ibanez is upping the ante with more signature model intros at one NAMM show than ever before. This year all the new additions target the metal or shred market. In electric guitars, the new signatures include models by Steve Vai, Matt Bachand of Shadows Fall, Mick Thomson of Slipknot and two new models named APEX for Munky of Korn. In electric basses, bassist Mike D’Antonio of Killswitch Engage now has a model while left-hander Paul Gray of Slipknot gets one (or two if you consider the right-hand version of the left-hand Gray’s signature model a second model).

“We have over seven new signature models at this one show,” said Matt Muranaka of Ibanez, “and I’m not including the illuminated Steve Vai 20th Anniversary JEM as that’s a limited edition model. It takes a lot of time and work to bring these models from the idea stage to fruition, all the while remaining faithful to the artists” vision and requirements. Our artists, luthiers and artist relations people have much to be proud of.”

ELECTRIC GUITAR SIGNATURES

Steve Vai JEM

In addition, to this addition to JEM Series, an acrylic-bodied limited edition JEM20TH Twentieth Anniversary model will also debut at 2007 Winter NAMM. This is covered in a separate press release.

  • Model No. JEM777VBK
  • Neck 5pc JEM Prestige neck
  • Body Basswood body
  • Frets 6105 frets
  • Neck Pickup DiMarzio Breed (H)
  • Middle Pickup DiMarzio Breed (S)
  • Bridge Pickup DiMarzio Breed (H)
  • Bridge Edge Pro
  • List Price $2799.99
  • Hardshell Case Included


Mick Thomson

This is Mick Thomson’s second signature model, a more affordable bolt-neck version of Thomson’s original MTM1

  • Model No. MTM2BK
  • Neck 5pc Wizard II (Bolt on)
  • Body Mahogany
  • Frets Jumbo
  • Neck Pickup IBZ V7
  • Bridge Pickup IBZ V8
  • Bridge Fixed Edge III
  • List Price $799.99


Munky

These two new models replace the original K7 Korn signature 7-strings

  • Model No. APEX1BBK
  • Neck 5p APEX Prestige Neck
  • Body Mahogany
  • Frets Jumbo
  • Neck Pickup DiMarzio PAF7
  • Bridge Pickup DiMarzio PAF7
  • Bridge Edge Pro 7 with U-Bar
  • List Price $2333.32
  • Hardshell Case Included


  • Model No. APEX2GSF
  • Neck 5pc Wizard II-7
  • Body Mahogany
  • Frets Jumbo
  • Neck Pickup DiMarzio PAF7
  • Bridge Pickup DiMarzio PAF7
  • Bridge Tone Pros 7 with thru-body stringing
  • List Price $933.32


Matt Bachand

This is Matt Bachand’s first signature model, which is based on the RGA Prestige design, but with simplified controls.

  • Model No. MBM1BK
  • Neck 5pc MBM Prestige
  • Body Mahogany
  • Frets Jumbo
  • Neck Pickup EMG 60
  • Bridge Pickup EMG 81
  • Bridge Gibraltar Plus
  • List Price $1999.99
  • Hardshell Case Included


ELECTRIC BASS SIGNATURES

Paul Gray

  • Model Nos. PGB1TKL (Left-Handed)
  • Neck 5pc PGB4 Maple/Walnut
  • Body Light Ash
  • Frets Medium
  • Neck Pickup ATK Triple Coil
  • EQ 3-Band w/Tone Character Switch
  • Bridge ATK4
  • List Price $1266.65


  • Model Nos. PGB1TK (Right-Handed
  • Neck 5pc PGB4 Maple/Walnut
  • Body Light Ash
  • Frets Medium
  • Neck Pickup ATK Triple Coil
  • EQ 3-Band w/Tone Character Switch
  • Bridge ATK4
  • List Price $1199.99
  • Hardshell Case Included


Mike D’Antonio

The 12th fret inlay and Medusa graphic on the body were designed by Mike D’Antonio himself. Based on the Soundgear Xtreme model, the MDB1BKF features beveled horns for even easy upper fret access and simplified tone controls (just one volume control with the internal tone controls set to mid-position).

  • Model No. MDB1BKF
  • Neck 5pc MDB 4
  • Body Light Ash
  • Frets Medium
  • Neck Pickup PFR-AL-N (Alnico)
  • Middle Pickup PF4-AL-B (Alnico)
  • EQ EQB Low Impedance Circuit
  • Bridge Accu-Cast B200
  • List Price $1132.52
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