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The EP10 is a Euphoria series acoustic/electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 2011. It is the flagship acoustic signature model for American guitarist Steve Vai. It replaced the EP9.

The EP10 features a thinline Florentine cutaway body shape with a solid Englemann spruce top with cross-bracing and solid mahogany back and sides with a gloss finish. The soundhole is oval with a metal plate rosette with Vai logos. It has a satin-finished mahogany neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with Tree of Life vine inlays. Components include an Ivorex II saddle in a rosewood bridge with Ibanez Advantage pins, an Ivorex II nut, a tortoise pickguard and gold Grover tuning machines with brown tortoiseshell buttons. Electronics consist of a Fishman Acoustic Matrix pickup connected to a Fishman Aura IC with Steve Vai original preset sounds with a 9V battery and ¼" endpin output.

For 2013 the Ivorex II nut and saddle were replaced with plastic. In 2017 the rosewood fretboard and bridge were replaced with pau ferro. For 2019 the solid mahogany back and sides were replaced with okuome.

The EP5 is a less expensive version.

Specifications

Specifications for EP10
Years: 2011–2020
Areas: Worldwide
Made in: China
Finishes: Black Pearl (BP)
Body
Body type:
Acoustic
Body shape:
Thinline Euphoria body w/ Florentine cutaway
Dimensions:
  Length: 508mm/ 20"
  Width: 410mm/ 16"
  Depth: 114mm/ 2¾"
Top:

  Material: Solid Engelmann spruce
  Bracing: X Bracing
  Finish: High Gloss

Back/sides:

  Material: 2011–2018: Solid mahogany
    2019–2020: Solid okoume
  Finish: Gloss

Soundhole shape:
Oval
Soundhole rosette:
Metal plate w/ Vai logo
Neck
Neck profile:
Euphoria
Neck material:
Mahogany
Neck finish:
Satin
Scale length:
2011–2012: 643mm/ 25⅜"
2013–2020: 651mm/ 25⅝"
Fingerboard:
2011–2017: Rosewood
2017–2020: Pau ferro
Inlays:
Tree of Life
Frets:
24
Nut:
2011–2012: Ivorex II
2013–2020: Ivory plastic
Machine heads:
Grover w/ brown pearloid buttons
Electronics/ Components
Pickup:
Fishman Acoustic Matrix
Preamp:
Fishman Aura IC with Steve Vai original preset sound
Output jack(s):
1/4" endpin
Battery:
9V
Bridge:
2011–2017: Rosewood
2017–2020: Pau ferro (11mm string spacing)
Bridge pins:
Ibanez Advantage
Saddle:
2011–2012: Ivorex II
2013–2020: Ivory plastic
Hardware color:
Gold
Strings (factory):
.012/.016/.024/.032/.042/.053 (D'Addario EXP16)

Images

Additional images/ details
2011 EP10 BP
EP10 Black Pearl (2011)
2018 EP10 BP 1X 03 sub en 1
Body rear
2011 EP10 rosette
Rosette w/ Vai logos
2011 EP10 fretboard inlay
Fretboard inlay
2018 EP10 BP 1X 03 sub en 2 headstock rear
Headstock & tuners
2011 EP10 electronics
Preamp
Fishman aura preamp
Preamp diagram

Sources

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