With a maple JS Prestige bolt-on neck and rosewood fingerboard, moving quick on the JS2400, whether sweeping or performing scalar runs, is far more effortless than with other guitars in its price-range.
There is a sense of fluidity with this guitar. The small neck (20mm at the 1st fret and 22.3mm at the 12th) may have something to do with it, together with my smallish hands and fingers (I have tried Vais JEM models, and its larger neck to accommodate Vais long fingers resulted in more struggled playing on my part). The curve of the neck also has an influence on the ease of play, as string bending not only is easier than with the other quality guitars in my collection, but you can achieve higher notes while bending as a result. The finish on the neck is worth talking about: the silk-like lacquer does not make the neck sticky as the hand sweats, unlike heavy, glossy lacquer found on other guitars. This allows the player to maintain speed and technique without having to fight the stick.
The basswood body allows for a very rich and somewhat mellow tone, although the harmonics and squeals that can emanate from the guitar are some of the best and easiest to achieve. What make the body special, in terms of appearance and comfort, are the many contours and rounded edges that fit the guitarist like a glove. Further, the lower horn of the body is cut in such a way as to allow excellent clearance of the fretting hand; its easy to work high up on the neck without any obstruction.
The JS2400 sports a low-profile Edge tremolo bridge, with knife-edge-like pivot surfaces for near-zero friction and locking studs to help maintain tuning stability. Also, the fine-tuners are angled back to prevent any picking-hand contact and possible de-tuning. Most importantly, although this is a floating bridge system, I have found it takes a lot of whammy usage for this guitar to go out of tune.
The neck pickup is a DiMarzio Pro Track ceramic humbucker that sports twin blades to prevent problems associated with string-alignment dropouts. It is a narrow humbucker, which means it can be placed right up against the base of the neck for best tone, as opposed to the larger humbuckers that shift down on the body.
It gives a nice throaty tone and offers a great blues sound. And yet, when adjusting the tone knob around the halfway position, the pinch-harmonics ring out clearly. I use this pickup frequently as it does not sound overly dark or muddy, but very rich.
The bridge pickup is an Alnico DiMarzio Mo Joe Humbucker that is powerful (more so than the Fred pickup he used on older model guitars), yet maintains its clarity of dynamics and definition. It does not have a crass sound to it, like other pickups designed for the rock genre.
Rather, even when put through plenty of distortion and overdrive, this pickup rings clear as if it is a super-charged Strat pickup.
The tone possibilities are vast, as you can switch between neck and bridge, or both neck and bridge pickups. Nothing unusual there. But you also can pop the volume button (via a coil tap switch) to split the bridge pickup for a thinner tone, thus giving two more tonal variations as you use it on its own or in combination with the neck pickup. And then, as you fine-tune the tone knob, the subtleties become apparent and diverse.
The volume control electronics also is of fine workmanship; as the volume is lowered you do not lose very much, if any gain or distortion. This is important if adjusting volume of the guitar to match the volume of the band, from a slightly quieter rhythm to a more searing lead.
Not many guitars allow such variation as to be used from jazz to hard rock, but this guitar pulls it off. From vintage to modern tones, the pickup combination with the basswood body and the design of the neck make it possible.
Purchased in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, I have played and owned other Ibanez guitars, including the Surfing with the Alien 20th Anniversary Edition (basic model); that guitar has a street price of about $1200, and the differences in playability and tonal expression between the two are apparent.
There is nothing I would change on this guitar and its only fault with some buyers may be the color choice or that such a great guitar does not have a more striking paint-job.
However, color and finish is a personal preference, and even the clean white offers a classy vibe to match the JS2400s persona.
Available only in white, but the finish is thick and solid; it does not mark or chip easily.
You get what you pay for is not always true. Often you can find quality amplifiers, guitars and effect pedals at prices well below top-end manufacturers; sometimes you pay for the name. At a street price of approximately $2000, the Ibanez JS2400 is a 24-fret work of art co-developed with Joe Satriani, and is worth every penny.
Joe Satriani signature guitar.
Wood Body: Basswood.
Wooden handle 1 piece: maple.
JS Prestige neck one piece.
24 frets. (W6105)
Ibanez Edge tremolo.
Neck Pickup: Di Marzio ProTrack. (Humbucker simple format)
Bridge pickup: DiMarzio Mo 'Joe. (Humbucker)
Push-pull volume knob: High Pass Filter.
Push-pull tone knob: Coil Tap (splitage microphones)
The two microphones are splitables.
The use is perfect compared to its predecessors, JS1200, JS1000 and others, it is more than 2 boxes. By extending the handle, they had planed the body to allow good access to acute. These make also had the effect of alleviating (compared to other guitars mentioned above are the same wood) the total weight of the guitar.
The shape is pleasing to view, as all JS elsewhere, not too aggressive but still remaining very rock.
This guitar is perfectly suited to Rock, Blues, this is where it excels the most.
The bridge pickup (DiMarzio Mo 'Joe) is powerful, AlNiCo5 magnet that allows you to easily get the harmonics to Satriani or Vai. The ProTrack (DiMarzio) are also good job, you get good sounds with Blues and marries well with Mo 'Joe.
The high-pass filter integrated volume knob, which engages when the pulls up, is a strong point, you can lower the volume without losing treble in your sound spectrum!
Compared with the JS1200, feel the handle is much more vintage, the colors come out too, but more powerful, more raw.
I use it for 2 years now, and I must say that of all the guitars I've tried, this is one of the best, certainly one that suits me best.
The price is high, but completely justified, and then there is always a way to do good business.
It will really delight guitarists confirmed in his style of course: if it is versatile, it was built to Joe Satriani, we must not forget ...
I remake that choice without hesitation if I was again confronted.
Joe Satriani Signature
Channel 1 piece maple JS Prestige
24 frets (W6105)
2 DiMarzio humbuckers: 1 x thomann ProTrack (Channel) and 1 x Mojo (Bridge)
Scale length: 648mm
Made in the ProTrack is a simple dual humbucker format also known as light.
the handle is very nice but still it takes a little getting used to especially if one moves from a gibson that if (in my case).
weight is very nice and very light, we do not 3 hours together without getting sore shoulders or back.
The color is beautiful (white color from Audi Mdr
Access to acute is terrible, that to somewhere else, Satriani in this project the concept, had hereby apply to Ibanez.
the sound, I talk about below!
It suits my style because I play mostly in this style of music (blues, rock, experimental, hard rock, ect ...)
I said that I was playing with a JCM 900 100 watt, a Boss ME-50, and occasionally a Satchurator!
Good microphone tone is thick, round, quite heavy, not too fat and a good definition, as well as clean as in Od or distortion! Surprise!
The bridge pickup (Mojo) is splitable, it is very clean with a nice clear sound, but not too pretty neutral, it has a very distinctive character but beautiful! In disto, pouufff, it is the foot, it sends well is very accurate, biting, very good sustain,
In Splite, there is all kind Fender spat in clean, critallin, not fat, round, distortion it gives a particular color a little of the style of the first albums of Satriani but still very real.
In short to make you notice, no need to say, if you like the versatility of his or satriani, a light guitar, ect ... this is the guitar for you!
Well if I had a Gibson Les Paul Standard, Ibanez rg 170 dx (my first).
What I like least, poufff ... it's hard to say, not much, I'll go tell the adaptation time.
Good for the price (1990 euros) is comprehensive in relation to the guitar, Ibanez you provided a kit with a set of tools for settings and everything.
With experience, yes I would do without hesitation that choice!