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New Signature Guitars From Ibanez For 2012

Getting in on the awesome announcing new gear trend that’s had NAMM mired in this year Ibanez has taken the time unveil a handful of new signature guitars that are slated to come to a spring 2012 near you.

Here for your convenience we have the real deal on four new signature models that were founded on the merging of the brains at Ibanez with Steve Vai, Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson, and Meshuggah guitarists Fredrik Thordendal and Marten Hagstrom.

Click any image to enlarge – There’s more detail below the gallery.


First up is the new JEM70V from the JEM/UV series. The stylish new sea foam green paint finish isn’t the only aspect that makes this guitar the cock of the walk. She is built with basswood body and a maple/walnut neck with a rosewood fretboard. The traditional JEM floral vine inlay remains with a matching sea foam hue as well as the return yet again of the Edge tremolo. As for the voice of the guitar there are no surprises with the HSH format. She’s armed with DiMarzio Evolution pickups with a DP159 ceramic humbucker in the bridge position, a DP158 ceramic humbucker at the neck, and a DPS1 ceramic single coil in the middle making this guitar as sexy as they come, most of all when she does her little turn on the catwalk, yeah the catwalk.


8-string guitars have been around for quite a while, but it seems lately more and more metal bands have been gravitating towards them. Among the first to start using 8-string guitars was Meshuggah back in the late 90s or early 2000s. I can’t remember which by now. Anyway. 2012 marks the era of a new model of Meshuggah signature 8-string guitars. The M8M. This beast of a guitar is buit with an alder body and a 5-piece maple/bubinga neck with the neck-through construction going for it and a rosewood fretboard. The bridge is Ibanez’s double locking fixed FX Edge III bridge and offers more support than push-up bra. As for the pickup you get one whole and entire Lundgren Model M8 ceramic humbucker to chug away to your heart’s content.


And for all the Slipknot fans out there Mick Thomson has two new signature MTM guitars on the brink of release. The MTM10 comes in a blood red finish and has a 3-piece mahogany and maple neck and a rosewood fretboard that is completely free of inlays. Much like the M8M the MTM10 features the double locking fixed FX Edge III bridge to offer all thre precision tuning and stability you could need. The MTM10 includes two Seymour Duncan active alnico HB-105MT humbuckers.

Mick Thomson’s other new model, the MTM100 features the same body style only with a black finish. The neck is a 5-piece combination of maple and walnut with neck-through construction and a rosewood fretboard into a mahogany body. The fretboard features inlays on the first five frets spelling out “Seven” in case you’re still sounding those two syllable words out. The double locking fixed FX Edge III bridge returns as the choice means of keeping tension on the strings as well. As for the pickups you get two Seymour Duncan Blackouts EMTY AHB-3 alnico humbuckers to help you really grind your musical point through even the thickest of skulls.

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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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