About a month ago I was fortunate enough to have in my hands a ’97 Ibanez JPM100 P2, in great condition
. After finishing the setup, I was instantly impressed with how good the neck profile felt. Today I must say I’m having a hard time to play any other guitar, the JPM neck is so damn comfortable that anything else feels alien.
The neck is maple with a rosewood fretboard, inlays are offset dots, and the fretboard has a white binding, not so common on Ibanez models. The fretboard has a 17” radius, the same of most Ibanez necks, pretty flat. It has Dunlop 6100 frets, which fall into the “jumbo” category, tall & wide.
I compared this neck side-by-side with the Jem 7VWH and the EBMM JP6 necks, and also a Universe UV7BK.
The JPM string spacing is the same of the EBMM, which is the same of the UV7BK – slightly narrower than the Jem. Overall, the JPM neck feels narrower and rounder than the Jem; the JPM neck feels about the same of the EBMM, except the EBMM has a more vintage feel with a 15” radius and small frets. Curiously, the JPM profile feels like a modernized
The back of the JPM neck is more rounded than the Jem, but it’s not much bigger. Whatever the hell this profile is, it feels great. Definitely great. Very comfortable to riffage and chords on the lower registers, to play notes at the middle of the neck, and also to soloing at the upper notes, easy bends and vibratos. The neck doesn’t feel “tight”. I have average sized hands, and my left hand has a perfect fit at the back of the neck.
Bottom line, Ibanez should release models with this neck profile, even if under another fancy name. It would be a hit
as soon as people discover it!
(I know neck profiles can't be told by simple pics, but here's some anyway...)