J.custom guitars are the pinnacle of Ibanez’s guitar line. They are crafted in very small numbers by Ibanez’s finest luthiers with amazing attention to detail using the finest components. Envisioned to be “the finest Japanese-made guitar in history,” guitar connoisseurs waited for over decade to access the ultimate made-in-Japan guitar domestically.
Built by some of the most masterly luthiers in Japan, the j.custom designation represents every advance in design and technology Ibanez has developed over the last 20 years: the best woods, neck, and fret treatments, perfect pickup combos, and tremolo systems that are the envy of the industry. Availability is extremely limited and j.customs rarely make it to Europe.
The RG8550MZ body is made of African mahogany which is fitted with a stunning AAA flamed maple top. The Super Wizard j.custom neck has 5pc Maple/Walnut construction and offers ultimate playability with a super-smooth ‘Velvetouch’ finish on the back of the neck. The RG8570Z has ultra hard Jumbo frets and the luthiers’ attention to detail is evidenced by the j.custom’s hand-rolled fret edges. This slow, demanding process makes for a smooth, fast playing neck. There are also KTS made titanium reinforcement rods along the neck which givies extra strength & sustain.
The Edge-Zero has a sharp knife-edge for extremely accurate tremolo playing. This tremolo also uses Ibanez innovations to keep string action constant and the bridge surface smooth. The specially designed arm socket prevents unnecessary wobble from the arm while providing full control over the arm’s torque. The ZPS3 is the next stage of zero point systems. Made of lightweight Duralumin, the addition of two outer springs makes the guitar easier to tune and provides much greater tuning stability. In fact, the other strings will stay in tune even if you break a string. If you prefer a full floating tremolo setup, simply remove the stop bar. Also the bridge has extra stability from stud lock screws.
The RG8550MZ features a DiMarzio Tone Zone pickup in the bridge position, True Velvet in the middle position, and the Air Norton® in the neck position. All in all the best of the best! Fitted hardshell case included.