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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-02-2002, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ibanez S style guitars...

do any other company/ies make S-style guitars (S/JS shape, floyd rose, 22 frets...)?

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I believe Jackson used to make the TH-1 "Stealth" which was very similar to the S series from Ibanez. That'd be my first port of call for a diffeent brand name in the S-style.
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umm...isn't there anuthing a littile more common? i doubt i'll be able to find a guitar like that here...anything that's in production now?
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umm...isn't there anuthing a littile more common? i doubt i'll be able to find a guitar like that here...anything that's in production now?
In truth, not that I know of. I think Ibanez pretty much has the market cornered on that body shape.
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the only reason i'm not interested in the Ibanez S is because of what they say about it..."The modern S is only big where it counts...around the edges, the S is beautifully tapered for light weight...". personally, i think that sucks. i want a guitar like the Ibanez S, but i want it to be full bodied.
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i want a guitar like the Ibanez S, but i want it to be full bodied.
Can you be a little more specific about what features of the S series you do want?
The most obvious one is the tapered body which you say you dislike.

If you just want a guitar with double cutaways and a floyd rose and 22 frets there are plenty of Strats out there which have hardly any contours compared to an Ibanez S-series.
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well, everything seems to be great on the S, except for the fact that it's not full bodied, that's all...it just seems so comfortable. i've had experience with strats, the higher frets are a little hard to reach..
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Your answer is in your first post, JS
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i'm guessing they're full bodied...

i'm not too crazy about playing signature guitars, having someone else's name on my guitar...plus it's way more expensive..
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Well, if you can find an old Radius it won't have Joe's name on it and won't cost $2000, but it will be kind of hard to find.

For what it's worth, the S-series guitars don't sound small, they just look it. That body shape brings the fretboard in closer to your body, which helps some folks playability-wise. As far as I know, the good S-series (5XX) use heavier woods than the standard basswood - I think mine's alder - to make up for the smaller body. And they go for pennies here, used.

Try one out amplified and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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The S series are all mahogony.For a thinner body they have amazing tone and sound a lot thicker than other"full bodied"guitars I've played.
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My S-series was an amazing guitar - I kinda miss it... It sounded excellent for such a small-bodied instrument, was was extremely comfortable to play. Didn't sound as good as my Jems tho'...

Cort had a series out in the mid '90s called the Viva series. These guitars had psuedo-JS contours but the body was made of silver leaf maple. They were well built and had decent hardware, tho' most people would want to swap out the pickups eventually. I really liked the one I owned - it played really well and was very comfortable. I don't know if Corts are common in Isreal (they're also distributed under the name "Tanglewood") but if they are you should keep your eyes open for one.
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"Often imitated, never duplicated." IMHO the tapering contours are great, although I've contemplated a custom S that had less taper to give it more fullness...and maybe a chambered body.

I think the knock-off company Raven makes similar guitars, but I don't know of anything that's as close as an S as you seem to want.

If you're serious, you might consider buying an S, selling the body, and having Brian at Universal Jems (http://www.universaljems.com/) or another luthier build you a body to your specs. I've love to see the results.
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PS - musicdr...still loving the S2540!
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You could try the Jackson DKMG, the body is similarlooking but it has got 24 instead of 22 frets. Just go to www.jacksonguitars.com and enjoy
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Jackson's Stealth models (there were a few, the most popluar I've seen is the Professional line EX) had 2 body shapes. One was a sabre knockoff, but one was thicker at the bottom - almost an S/Radius cross. The Jackson Concept line JDX-94 was also like this.

I just got a used Stealth EX. Nice axe. Slightly lighter than the sabres, as they're alder or basswood instead of mahogany. I'm up to 14 now...gonna clear the stable this fall...
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