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The HS1, an humbucker-sized, single-coil pickup on the DN400 Enlarge sprite.png

Other pickups made by Ibanez which don't belong to any regular line. Most of them are pickups from the late 80's, mid 90's and not much is known about them.

Some of them are very exclusive pickups which are found on non-standard series.

List of pickups

1970s through 1990s pickups

AH Special

AH Special
Brand: Ibanez
Year introduced: 1985
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Bridge/ neck
Magnet: Alnico
Used in: AH10, AH20
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Description: Custom wound for Allan Holdsworth's signature guitars. Features alnico magnets and custom coil winding for a clear, smooth, warm tone. All twelve polepieces are adjustable to allow maximum control over string-to-string volume.


GB Special

GB Special bridge
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: 3PU1J1GB2G
Year introduced: 1977
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Bridge
Magnet: Alnico
Used in: GB10
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Description: Custom wound, floating pickups designed with George Benson. Delivers warm and well-rounded output with less feedback.[1]
GB Special neck
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: 3PU1J1GB1G
Year introduced: 1977
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Neck
Magnet: Alnico
Used in: GB10
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Description: Custom wound, floating pickups designed with George Benson. Delivers warm and well-rounded output with less feedback.[1]


GRP90

GRP90
Brand: Ibanez
Year introduced: 1995
Construction: Single coil pickup
Position: Neck/ Bridge
DC resistance: 7.4 KΩ (measured)
Used in: GR220
Description: Soapbar P-90 style single-coil pickup with ivory covers.


HB2

HB2
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: HB2
Year introduced: 1991
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Bridge
Used in: RG565, ICJ100WZ, RBM1, RBM100, RBM400
Description: Has one traditional coil and one with a blade. Delivers a "fat", harmonically active sound. The most powerful lead pickup in the American-Designed series.


HB10

HB10
Model no.: HB10
Year introduced: 1994
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Bridge
Used in: RBM10
Description:


IBZ

IBZ front
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: YE108F[2]
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Neck
Magnet: Alnico
DC resistance: 12.31 KΩ
Resonant frequency: 3.60 kHz
Wiring: 4 conductor
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Description: Triple magnet pickup for a hot, fat sound. Delivers clean mid-range punch. Cast plastic cover.[2]
IBZ rear
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: YE108R[2]
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Bridge
Magnet: Alnico
DC resistance: 12.47 KΩ
Resonant frequency: 3.95 kHz
Wiring: 4 conductor
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Description: Triple magnet pickup for a hot, fat sound. Delivers bright mid-range punch. Cast plastic cover.[2]


LR Special

LR Special
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: YE104[2]
Year introduced: 1982
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Bridge/ neck
DC resistance: 13.72 KΩ
Resonant frequency: 3.8 kHz
Used in: LR10
Description: Custom wound for Lee Ritenour's signature semi-hollow. Tone is described as "warm" and "bright" with "mid-range punch".[2]


SB

SB
Brand: Ibanez
Year introduced: 1983
Construction: Single coil pickup
Position: Any
Wiring: 2 conductor
Used in: RS100
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Description: Covered, blade style single coil. Offers excellent output without exerting a strong pull on the strings for a clear and pure tone.[3]


SB1

SB1
Brand: Ibanez
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Neck/ Middle
Used in: RG565, RBM1
Description: A single-coil-sized humbucker, twin blade, which often comes along with the HB2 humbucker (see above). Can be used in the neck position, like the RG565 or in the middle and neck positions as seen on the RBM series (Reb Beach signatures), like the RBM1.


SB2

SB2
Brand: Ibanez
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Neck/ Middle
Used in: 542R, FGM400
Description: A single-coil-sized humbucker, twin blade like the SB1. Can be found in the neck/ mid position either with a SB1 in the bridge, or with Axis pickups in the bridge.


SB10

SB10
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: SB10
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Neck/ Middle
Used in: RBM10
Description: A single-coil-sized humbucker, twin blade like the SB1.


SL Special

SL Special
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: YE109[2]
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Bridge
DC resistance: 13.72 KΩ
Resonant frequency: 3.75 kHz
Wiring: 2 conductor
Used in: RS1010SL
Description: Custom pickup for Steve Lukather signature guitar. Similar to the Super 58 but with additional windings for higher output.[4]


2000s pickups

Classic Elite

Classic Elite
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: 3PUCEN1 (neck) / 3PUCEB1 (bridge)
Year introduced: 2014
Type: Passive
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Neck/ Bridge
Magnet: Ceramic
DC resistance: 9.5K / 11.0K
Used in: DT420, ARZ200, ARZ200FM, GART60FA and several hollow body models such as the AS73
Description: They offer rich, nuanced tone with fat low-end.


Classic Elite P9D

Classic Elite P9D
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: 3PUC9DF1-BKN (neck) / 3PUC9DR1-BKN (bridge)
Year introduced: 2015
Type: Passive
Construction: Humbucker-sized single-coil
Position: Neck/ Bridge
Magnet: Ceramic
Used in: ASR70
Description: The Classic Elite P9D pickups are dogear-mounted P90-style humbucker-sized single-coil pickups with black covers. They provide crispy rock sound with full projection.[5]


Core-Tone

Core-Tone humbucker
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: 3PU1PA0018 (neck) / 3PURCN4-BKN (4-conductor neck) / 3PURCCN4-CHN (4-conductor neck w/ chrome cover) / 3PU1PA0019 (bridge) / 3PURCB2-BKN (for 10.5mm bridge) / 3PURCCB2-CHN (for 10.5mm bridge w/ chrome cover) / 3PURCCB2-GDG (for 10.5mm bridge w/ gold cover) / 3PU1PA0112 (chrome covered bridge)
Year introduced: 2012
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Bridge/ neck
Wiring: 2-conductor or 4-conductor
Used in: CMM3, FR365 RC220, RC320, RC320M, RC365H, RC465HM, RC520, RC720, RC1720M
Description: Custom designed by Ibanez to provide a warm yet cutting sound.[6]


Core-Tone single coil
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: 3PU1PA0111 (chrome covered neck)
Year introduced: 2014
Construction: Single-coil
Position: Neck
Used in: RC365H, RC465HM
Description: Custom designed by Ibanez to provide a warm yet cutting sound.[6]


G104

G104
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: G104
Year introduced: 2004
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Middle/ Neck
Magnet: Ceramic
Used in: AT200
Description: Single spaced humbucking pickup. Single-coil clarity with louder output.[7]


G109

G109
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: G109
Year introduced: 2004
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Bridge
Magnet: Alnico
Used in: AT200
Description: Warm tone with rich sustain.[7]


HS1

HS1 / SHA90
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: 3PU12A0009 (neck) / 3PU12A0010 (bridge)
Year introduced: 2009
Construction: Single coil
Position: Neck/ Bridge
Magnet: Alnico
Used in: DN400, DN600
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Description: Humbucker-sized, P90-style, single-coil pickups introduced in 2009 in the Darkstone series, along with the PP1 humbuckers. They produce loud and crunchy tones that cut through for hard rock and punk styles.


Magic Touch-Mini

Magic Touch-Mini (bridge)
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: 3PUMTB4-GD (gold cover)
Year introduced: 2017
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Bridge
Magnet: Alnico
Used in: AFC95, AFC125, AFC155
Magic Touch-Mini bridge.jpg
Description: Developed for the Contemporary Archtop series, the Magic Touch-Mini bridge pickup is mounted to the pickguard as a floating pickup above the guitar top. They provide a balance of classic tones, alongside clear articulation on both the top and bottom of the sound spectrum. Players can enjoy the clean response on the top end, presenting fast melodies or complex chord progressions with clarity and precision.[8]


Magic Touch-Mini (neck)
Brand: Ibanez
Model no.: 3PUMTN4-GD (gold cover)
Year introduced: 2017
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Neck
Magnet: Alnico
Used in: AFC95, AFC125, AFC151, AFC155, SS401F
Magic Touch-Mini neck.jpg
Description: Developed for the Contemporary Archtop series, the Magic Touch-Mini meck pickup is mounted to the neck as a floating pickup above the guitar top. They provide a balance of classic tones, alongside clear articulation on both the top and bottom of the sound spectrum. Players can enjoy the clean response on the top end, presenting fast melodies or complex chord progressions with clarity and precision.[8]


PP1

PP1-N, PP1-B
Brand: Ibanez
Year introduced: 2009
Construction: Humbucker
Position: Neck/ Bridge
Magnet: Alnico
Used in: DN500
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Description: The tube pole-piece construction of the new pickups designed for the Darkstone series offers quick response, sparkling clarity and added harmonics for a humbucker sound.The PP1 were re-named CAP-PP1 in 2011.

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 Pickup descriptions, 2005 USA catalog (page 89)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 1985 USA catalog (pages 40–41)
  3. 1983–84 Roadstar II & Artist catalog (page 15)
  4. 1985 USA catalog (page 10)
  5. ASR70 product page, Ibanez USA, archived July 2015
  6. 6.0 6.1 Roadcore series, Ibanez Europe (website), archived from the original October 2018
  7. 7.0 7.1 2004 Ibanez EU catalog, Hoshino Gakki, 2004.
  8. 8.0 8.1 AFC155 product page, Ibanez USA, archived May 2017
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