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1998 JS10th
1998 JS10th "Chromeboy" Red copyright sprite

The JS10th is a solid body electric guitar introduced by Ibanez in 1998. It is a signature model of Joe Satriani and part of the Joe Satriani series. It was also referred to as the Chromeboy.

In 1987 Joe Satriani became an endorser of Ibanez guitars. 10 years later in 1998 Ibanez released the JS10th (aka Chrome Boy/Chromeboy) to celebrate a decade long partnership with Joe. These guitars are now among the most sought after guitars made by Ibanez on secondary markets.

The JS10th features a Luthite body bolted to a maple neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with abalone dot position markers. Components include a pair of DiMarzio humbucking pickups, an original Edge double locking tremolo bridge and Gotoh tuning machines.

The rear control cover is inscribed with "In commemoration of the 10 year association and collaboration between Joe Satriani and Ibanez Guitars" along with a unique production number.

A total of 506 JS10th's were produced. Additionally there were a handful of Chromeboys that were refinished by Ibanez and recorded as 507(N), there are at least four of these refinished Chromeboys, but it's not known precisely how many exist.

The JS2 Chrome (1990), JS2 PRM (2005), JS1CR30 (2018), and JS1CR (2019) are other attempts to fulfill Satriani's long-standing dream/vision of a chrome guitar.

Specifications for JS10th
Year(s) produced: 1998
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Chrome (CH)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Luthite
Neck joint:
Tilt Joint
Bridge:
Edge tremolo
Knob style:
Knurled metal dome
Hardware color:
Chrome
Neck
Neck type:
JS
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
Abalone dot
Frets:
22
Nut:
Top-Lok III
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HH
Bridge pickup:
DiMarzio FRED (H)
Neck pickup:
DiMarzio PAF Pro (H)
Controls:
Master volume (w/ high pass filter tone push/pull) / master tone (w/ coil-split push/pull) / 3-way toggle

Images

Additional finishes/ details
HH 3-way-toggle push-pull-coil-split
Pickup switching diagram
JS HS control-layout
Control layout

Sources

  • Ibanez JS10th story, Joe Satriani Universe (fan website), archive March 2017
  • JS10th.com is a site created to track ownership of the individual JS10th examples.
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