It looks like Ibanez will be busy this NAMM Show. A number of products from their new lineup has appeared over the last few days on the web. Some of them look pretty interesting as well. The new lines include signature guitars, old favourites and re-imagined classics.
First, it looks like the Mini-Tubecreamer pedal released last year will now have some other models to accompany it. Pictures have appeared of some of these new models including a Mini Analog Delay, Mini Super Metal and a Mini Chorus. All are re-workings of some classic ’80s Ibanez pedals. The Mini Tubescreamer has been popular, so hopefully these new products will be up to the same level.
Next up is the JBM20 Jake Bowen (of Periphery fame) Signature model 7-string guitar, which comes in a pretty striking finish and has down-tuned riffage written all over it!
Then there is the new Noodles NDM4 Signature model guitar which isn’t quite as out there to look at, but has been a firm favourite in the past with Ibanez, though thankfully this one isn’t covered in gaffer tape like the original release of the guitar a few years back.
Then last but not least is the re-release of the classic Ibanez designed Talman range. Talmans were always a popular guitar range for Ibanez in the past and have a bit of a cult following. I can’t say I was ever a huge fan of the originals looks-wise, but the ones I played all those years ago were good, solid instruments and held their own against some of the stuff coming out at the time form other manufacturers. I’m not sure how well they will do these days though, as the guitar market is pretty saturated with reasonably priced guitars from all the major manufacturers.
There are also some new semi-hollow Artcore Vintage, Classic and Elite guitars being mentioned on various websites, as well as a budget electro-acoustic with fanned frets called the AELFF10.
Ibanez’s Bass Workshop is always trying to come up with new and interesting takes on their bass models. In 2015 they introduced a shorter scale BTB and the fanned fret SR line now they have made the SESC805. A 5 string single cutaway version of the amazing SR series of basses. It look good with its Poplar Burl top and Purpleheart fretboard as well. Can’t wait to see if it sounds as good as it looks!
All this means that Ibanez will probably have a big stand at the NAMM show this year…