The SA series is a line of solid body electric guitars produced for Hoshino Gakki and sold under the Ibanez brand. The first SA models were introduced in 2000 as a moderately priced entry point into the S series. The SA line has been produced continuously since. The most common word Ibanez uses to describe the SA line is "versatile" — SA guitars can accommodate a large array of musical styles.
The SA is derived from the S series. The most notable difference from the S series is that while the SA series body retains the S series' arched top, the SA body has a flat back and thus is not as thin overall. Most SA models also are equipped with a non-locking, synchonized, floating tremolo bridge. Aside from a handful of outliers, all SA models have either an HSS (one humbucker and two single coils) or a dual-humbucker pickup configuration.
The SA series was introduced in 2000 as a moderately priced entry point into the S series. The initial models were the SA160, SA260, GSA20 and GSA60, the latter two as part of Ibanez' entry-level GIO line. Other than components the GIO SA models are distinguished by a straight headstock instead of the tilt design of the non-GIO models as well as the output jack placement on the side of the body rather than an angled port on the top of the guitar as with the other S and SA models.
For 2018 the only holdover in the SA series is the venerable [[[GSA60]] GIO model. Each of the other 10 models from 2017 has been discontinued and three new models have been added in the standard line. The fretboard radius of all of the 2018 models (including the GSA60) is now 12", from the previous 15¾".