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The JSBDG is a re-creation of guitarist Joe Satriani's legendary late ‘80s/early ‘90s "Black Dog" electric guitar. The original Black Dog was the first JS series prototype which preceded the introduction of the JS1; Satriani decorated it himself with doodles and used it as his main stage guitar for most of a decade.

The Black Dog reproduction was revealed at the Summer 2008 NAMM musical instrument convention in Nashville. It was built in Japan by Sugi.

The JSBDG features a basswood body bolted to a maple neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot position markers. Components include a pair of DiMarzio humbucking pickups mounted in plastic pickup rings, an Edge double locking tremolo bridge and Gotoh tuning machines.

Differences between the original Black Dog prototype and the eventual production JS models that were carried over to the Black Dog reproduction include the original control locations, the lack of a high-pass filter control on the volume pot and the mounting location of the output jack style.

Satriani's doodles and artwork from the original Black Dog prototype were laboriously recreated by hand, individually, by just one highly skilled Japanese artist. A clear coat finish was applied once the doodles were completed. The designs which extend onto the pickup rings, pickups, fine tuners, knobs and tremolo bar were reproduced as well.

The Black Dog was offered only in 2008 and just 88 examples were produced.


Specifications for JSBDG
Year(s) produced: 2008
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Gloss Black with reproduction of Satriani's original Black Dog drawings
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Neck joint:
Tilt Joint
Edge tremolo
Knob style:
Hardware color:
Neck type:
JS Prestige
Neck material:
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl dot
22 / 6105
Top-Lok III
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
DiMarzio FRED (H)
Neck pickup:
DiMarzio PAF Pro (H)
Master volume, master tone (w/ push-pull coil split), 3-way toggle
String gauge (factory):
Top hat


Additional details
HH 3-way-toggle push-pull-coil-split
Pickup switching diagram
Controls VT3 push-pull-tone JSBDG
Control layout


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