The modern era of Ibanez electric guitars began in the mid ’70s, with models like the Roadstar and the Iceman — the guitar that inspired the PS10 that KISS guitarist Paul Stanley played when KISS ruled the world of rock n roll. In 1987, Ibanez teamed up with Steve Vai to create the JEM, which was the inspiration for the highly popular RG series. Both the JEM and RG series continue to be among Ibanez’s most popular models. Another highly popular model is their Iron Label series, which have been a mainstay of metal guitarists. Ibanez Artcore hollowbody and semi-hollowbody electric guitars are the first stop for many jazz, blues, and rock ’n’ roll guitarists. Signature models for legendary guitarists such as George Benson, John Scofield, and Pat Metheny showcase some of the talent who swear by Ibanez hollowbody guitars.
Ibanez also has some of the most underrated and versatile basses on the market right now! Many bass players start with SR series, which are hailed for their comfortable neck and body contours, and soapbar-style humbuckers with active EQs found on even inexpensive models. SR Premium and SR Prestige models embellish this concept with exotic woods and high-end electronics. Among the many other bass models, the BTB series also stands out for its unique combination of rare body shapes, top-end hardware, and extended ranges — including models with seven or more strings!
Ibanez may be primarily known for their instruments, but their electronics have taken the stage with countless performers too, from The Edge and Eric Johnson to Carlos Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughan. There isn't a pedal in history more iconic and recognizable as the TS9 or TS808 Tube Screamer. If these guitars and pedals are good enough for the likes of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Nita Strauss, Paul Gilbert, Paul Stanley and countless other of the most influential guitarists in history, what is stopping you from picking one up?