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The EP5 is a Euphoria series acoustic/electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in mid 2011. It is an acoustic signature model for American guitarist Steve Vai. It is produced in China.

The EP5 features a thinline Florentine cutaway body shape with a solid Englemann spruce top with cross-bracing and mahogany back and sides with a gloss finish. The soundhole is oval with a rosette decal with Vai logos. It has a satin-finished mahogany neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with a special Vai logo inlay at the twelfth fret. Components include an Ivorex II saddle in a rosewood bridge with Ibanez Advantage pins, an Ivorex II nut, a tortoise pickguard and gold Ibanez die-cast tuning machines with brown tortoiseshell buttons. Electronics consist of a Fishman Sonicore undersaddle pickup connected to an Ibanez AEQ210TF with onboard tuner and a 9V battery compartment with a ¼" output.

For 2013 the Ivorex II nut and saddle were replaced with plastic. For 2018 the rosewood fretboard and bridge were replaced with cultured maple. For 2019 the mahogany back and sides were replaced with okuome and the mahogany neck was replaced with nyatoh.

The EP10 is a similar higher end guitar.

Specifications

Specifications for EP5
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: Mahogany
    2019–2020: Okoume
  Finish: Gloss

Soundhole shape:
Oval
Soundhole rosette:
Decal w/ Vai logos
Neck
Neck profile:
Euphoria
Neck material:
2011–2018: Mahogany
2019–2020: Nyatoh
Neck finish:
Satin
Scale length:
2011–2012: 643mm/ 25⅜"
2013–2020: 651mm/ 25⅝"
Fingerboard:
2011–2017: Rosewood
2018–2020: Cultured maple
Inlays:
Special Vai logo at 12th fret
Frets:
24
Nut:
2011–2012: Ivorex II
2013–2020: Ivory plastic
Machine heads:
Die-cast w/ brown pearloid buttons
Electronics/ Components
Pickup:
Fishman Sonicore
Preamp:
Ibanez AEQ210TF w/ onboard tuner
Output jack(s):
1/4" (integrated with battery holder)
Battery:
9V
Bridge:
2011–2017: Rosewood
2018–2020: Cultured maple (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 EP5 BP 27 01
EP5 Black Pearl (2011)
2011 EP5 fretboard inlay
Vai logo at 12th fret
2011 EP5 rosette
Decal soundhole rosette w/ Vai logos
2018 EP5 BP 1X 02 body rear
Body rear
2018 EP5 BP 1X 02 headstock rear
Headstock rear
Ibanez AEQ210TF preamp
Preamp panel

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