Old '80s favourites in a new mini format. · Source: http://www.ibanez.com/eu/news/show/namm2016/index.html
The Ibanez stand at NAMM this year is pretty impressive. The company is known for its long history building high performance guitars and basses. This year the company is marking a big milestone for one of their most famous endorsees, releasing old favourites and releasing some brand new signature guitars and basses. I’ve ‘cherry picked’ a few of their new products that have caught my attention this year.
Ibanez are celebrating 25 years since the release of Steve Vai’s famous ‘Passion and Warfare’ album. I bought this on vinyl when it was released – damn, where did the last 25 years go? The album was filled with 7-string compositions, using the then new Ibanez Steve Vai Universe guitar. Of course 7-strings are pretty standard nowadays, but back then it was really something. So, to celebrate they have released three new Universe models.
They have also announced the Stephen ‘Thundercat’ Bruner Signature model 6-string bass which looks really cool. I’m a big Thundercat fan and so I was really pleased to see he has finally got his own signature bass. If you haven’t checked out his work, then get on Youtube and do some research asap!
Their stand this year also revealed the new line of mini pedals which follow on from last year’s mini Tubescreamer. These include an Analogue Delay, Chorus and Distortion, all of which are based on some old Ibanez ‘80s pedals that are very desirable and still much loved. So, these new mini versions are set to be popular, I reckon.
Also, a new fanned fret acoustic caught me eye. It’s going to cost under the £500, allegedly, and so will be something different in the acoustic market for people to try out. Normally, fan fret instruments are custom builds and command some pretty high prices. So, it is nice to see these priced so that they can reach to a wider audience.