Re: How do they achieve "Velvetouch?"
I might be wrong, but the only time i saw it mentioned was for the JCS614's wenge neck.
I didn't see it mentioned for the TAM 100.
I owed the TAM100 prior to the JCS614, and while waiting for the JCS614, I was wondering what would be different.
To the extend of my knowledge : zilch. They might both be velvetouch.
So, it might be something related to wenge, since it sands unevenly due to the different density between dark and lighter areas. Plus, there are large pores, which can be difficult to fill if you desire an even finish (quoted from Wood, Eric Meier).
My 2 cents : velvetouch is Ibanez' technique to achieve an even feel while "touching" the neck. You feel the "differences", but i doesn't hinder playability at all. Your thumb won't get stuck in a pore, etc.