I've been a long time lurker and have meant to post about my JS2450MCB for quite a while as well. It doesn't look like I can do an "introduce myself" post, so I'll keep this post about my JS
and about my pleasant experience buying it from Rich Harris at Ibanez Rules.
I purchased my JS
from Rich back in 2016. I gave a deposit to Rich as soon as I saw the announcement from Ibanez that they were releasing a black JS
, something I'd been wanting for years. I patiently waited for Rich to receive the guitar and perform his silver package setup on it and finally took possession of the guitar at the end of August. The wait was well worth it to me.
I have played guitar since 1986, and I purchased a new Gibson Les Paul in '89 that was my main player until I got my JS
. The setup Rich did was excellent, in fact, other than a few very minor seasonal truss rod adjustments as well as the usual tweaks to the claw screws to keep the bridge level, I haven't had to do a thing to the JS
. This was my first guitar order from Rich, and it was a great experience. He's a very helpful guy. I mean, his tech section of Ibanez Rules alone is a vastly underated trove of information for anyone willing to learn how to setup, maintain and restore floating bridge guitars. My experience with Rich was very professional, and I always felt like I had the level of communication I wanted to be comfortable with the guitar I would be getting without ever having the chance to play it. In particular, I feel the inspection that Rich gives every Ibanez that hits his shop is very important. I know he pays particular attention to the neck, and to me a great neck is the key to having a great guitar that can be made to play the way a player wants. It is well known that he sends many brand new guitars back to Ibanez because they don't meet his quality bar, a service I wish more shops, including a few well known shops in the SF Bay Area would aspire to meet.
is now my number 1 guitar, and has been since the day I got it and plugged it in. It's not all Rich that made this guitar everything it is, obviously, but his setup ensured that when I got my hands on that fine instrument that it would be ready for anything and that it would sing like it was meant to.
So, Rich, here's a long overdue thank you for providing me with the best guitar I've owned, and for setting it up exactly as I asked for. It's been a pleasure getting to know this JS
and it's fantastic neck, and it was a pleasure working with you to get it in my hands.