The first John Scofield Ibanez JSM signature model was introduced back in 2001 and was modelled after his AS200 guitar. Now, twenty years later, Ibanez is celebrating their partnership with the new 20th anniversary JSM20TH model. And this guitar is certainly a looker, decked in all black and with gold hardware.
Ibanez JSM20TH John Scofield 20th Anniversary model
Straight away, I have to say that this new 20th anniversary Ibanez JSM20TH John Scofield model looks really pretty. I am loving the aesthetic in these colours. The gloss black finish looks great which, coupled with its gold hardware and cream pickup rings, makes for one very tasty looking instrument indeed.
The guitar has a hollow-body construction with a 24.75″ scale length. The body has a maple top, back and sides, paired with an African mahogany set neck with a bound ebony fretboard. The 22 jumbo frets get the Ibanez Prestige fret-end treatment. That means it should have no rough edges and, therefore, play super smooth. You also get some nice acrylic and abalone block inlays which, I think, suit the overall vibe of this guitar well. The John Scofield truss-rod cover, with his signature as part of the design, is subtle and sits nicely on this model.
The pickups are a pair of JSM Special humbuckers with gold pickup covers. These are wired up via a three-way toggle and twin volume and tone controls. Hardware includes a Gotoh 510BN bridge and matching GE101A tailpiece, along with a set of Gotoh 510 machine heads and a half-bone/half-brass nut.
A Stylish Anniversary model
Overall, this is one lovely looking hollow-bodied guitar. I’m sure fans of Scofield, or simply players who like this style of instrument, will want to get their hands one. I would really like to try one out myself, as it has some really nice touches and, I suspect, will sound as good as it looks. The guitar comes with a hard case and I bet every time you open that case, it will put a smile on your face.
RRP – EUR 2799
- Ibanez JSM20TH John Schofield: Ibanez
- Ibanez JSM20TH John Schofield headstock and half bone/half brass nut: Ibanez