So this was the big announcement two days ago; Ibanez is now making headless guitars. The one you see here is the prime example, a signature release for guitarist, Ichika Nito, the ICHI10. Well, it took a darn long time for Ibanez to finally land a deal with a homegrown talent.
The guitar itself retained some established details & a re-visit to a familiar territory. The highlight, from my understanding of this presentation, is indeed the headless neck. It’s an all roasted affair; the fretboard itself is pure maple while the rear consists of maple & bubinga. The profile, they say, is a Wizard C – a jack of all Ibanez profiles but gravitating to none. This is a clever move indeed, it entices us to buy the guitar to check it out personally, while the rest would want to commit to this new profile as an addition to something new. The cutaway is mimicking an S-Series so that’s propagating a current feature, ditto the dina-MIX switching system which many AZ fans find enriching. I’m rather stoked to see the Radius body profile resurrected here, only apparent if it’s viewed from the tail end as depicted above. The tapered bass side adds significant comfort to the picking arm; plus points to Ibanez here. Other details aside (will be covered in other episodes), the body is nyatoh. A baffling choice you’d say but it makes perfect sense. The model is touted to be a lightweight artistic tool as highlighted by the headless affair & the body should complement this philosophy. Alright, too much talk already, here’s Ichika with the guitar in question: