Ibanez’s new Jake Bowen JBM10FX is a signature guitar model – but it’s decidedly more affordable than previous models bearing the Periphery guitarist’s name, like the JBM27. But Mr Bowen says he’s proud to use this guitar live on stage with the band…
Ibanez Jake Bowen JBM10FX
This new, more affordable Ibanez Jake Bowen JBM10FX signature guitar is a lightweight instrument due to its maple top on nyatoh body construction. It has a maple Wizard III neck, with a bound jatoba fretboard. The neck has Jake’s signature twelfth fret inlay as well as a reverse headstock fitted with Gotoh MG-T locking tuners.
The body houses an Ibanez Gibraltar Standard II bridge and a set of DiMarzio Titan humbuckers, so expect it to sound tight and focused.
What is really intriguing about this guitar is its idiosyncratic switching system. The five-way selector switch is wired as follows: bridge, inner coils, both pickups, parallel-connected neck humbucker and neck. So a little different to the normal five-way wiring, but it should give you some useful tonal variations.
If you enjoy Bowen’s playing in Periphery, you will probably love this new signature model. And the price is more than reasonable for such a well-specified guitar. They ship from the factory with .011-.056 strings tuned to DAFCGC, but you may want to adjust that to taste.
Overall, though, I am pretty impressed by this new instrument. The Pearl White Matte finish looks pretty tasty. What’s not to like? It’s a lightweight, low-price and high-performance, all in one signature guitar. Sounds like the perfect storm and could be a great all-around instrument for many players looking for a good quality modern guitar on a budget.
I think Jake Bowen and Ibanez may well have a winner on their hands with the new JBM10FX.
RRP – USD 1333/ GBP 799 due out in April