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NAMM 2016 Ibanez Universe Steve Vai Joe Sartiani Thundercat Passion Warfare

ANB306S bass  ·  Source: http://www.ibanez.com/eu/news/show/namm2016/index.html

NAMM 2016 Ibanez Universe Steve Vai Joe Sartiani Thundercat Passion Warfare

Coy Bowles new signature  ·  Source: http://www.ibanez.com/eu/news/show/namm2016/index.html

NAMM 2016 Ibanez Universe Steve Vai Joe Sartiani Thundercat Passion Warfare

Fanned fret acoustic  ·  Source: http://www.ibanez.com/eu/news/show/namm2016/index.html

NAMM 2016 Ibanez Universe Steve Vai Joe Sartiani Thundercat Passion Warfare

Mike D'Antonio's new Bass  ·  Source: http://www.ibanez.com/eu/news/show/namm2016/index.html

NAMM 2016 Ibanez Universe Steve Vai Joe Sartiani Thundercat Passion Warfare

Old '80s favourites in a new mini format.  ·  Source: http://www.ibanez.com/eu/news/show/namm2016/index.html

NAMM 2016 Ibanez Universe Steve Vai Joe Sartiani Thundercat Passion Warfare

Nita Strauss signature  ·  Source: http://www.ibanez.com/eu/news/show/namm2016/index.html

NAMM 2016 Ibanez Universe Steve Vai Joe Sartiani Thundercat Passion Warfare

Passion and Warfare Universe  ·  Source: http://www.ibanez.com/eu/news/show/namm2016/index.html

NAMM 2016 Ibanez Universe Steve Vai Joe Sartiani Thundercat Passion Warfare

25 years !  ·  Source: http://www.ibanez.com/eu/news/show/namm2016/index.html

NAMM 2016 Ibanez Universe Steve Vai Joe Sartiani Thundercat Passion Warfare

Passion Universe  ·  Source: http://www.ibanez.com/eu/news/show/namm2016/index.html

NAMM 2016 Ibanez Universe Steve Vai Joe Sartiani Thundercat Passion Warfare

RGDIX7MPB-SBB 7  ·  Source: http://www.ibanez.com/eu/news/show/namm2016/index.html

NAMM 2016 Ibanez Universe Steve Vai Joe Sartiani Thundercat Passion Warfare

Joe Satriani's new colour  ·  Source: http://www.ibanez.com/eu/news/show/namm2016/index.html

NAMM 2016 Ibanez Universe Steve Vai Joe Sartiani Thundercat Passion Warfare

Paul Stanley Signature  ·  Source: http://www.ibanez.com/eu/news/show/namm2016/index.html

NAMM 2016 Ibanez Universe Steve Vai Joe Sartiani Thundercat Passion Warfare

Thundercat Bass  ·  Source: http://www.ibanez.com/eu/news/show/namm2016/index.html

NAMM 2016 Ibanez Universe Steve Vai Joe Sartiani Thundercat Passion Warfare

Warfare Universe  ·  Source: http://www.ibanez.com/eu/news/show/namm2016/index.html

Ibanez RGAIX6FM-TGF NAMM 2016

Ibanez RGAIX6FM-TGF  ·  Source: Lars Mullen

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.

http://www.ibanez.com/eu/news/show/namm2016/index.html

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Does anyone know when the Thundercat signature bass will be available to purchase?