Ibanez JSM100 John Scofield Signature - Vintage Burst

Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Maple Top, Back, and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Vintage Sunburst
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Play the Preferred Guitar of a Jazz Legend!

The Ibanez JSM100 signature semi-hollow electric guitar gives you the same feel, features, and sound found in jazz legend John Scofield's prized instrument. Ibanez made a digitized reproduction of Scofield's guitar and applied the exact dimensions to the JSM100. It also features a large internal soundblock and a rigid top and body to help reject feedback. This beautiful instrument includes elegant appointments, great-sounding humbucking pickups, and a side-mounted output jack for more friendly amp cable placement. Play what a master guitarist preferst - the JSM100!

Ibanez JSM100 Signature Semi-hollow Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Looks, feels, and sounds like Scofield's favorite
  • Sound great while you fight feedback
  • A jazz/funk/blues luminary
Looks, feels, and sounds like Scofield's favorite

Ibanez took great pains to re-create Scofield's original AS200AV, producing a digitized reproduction of its body and neck. When you pick up the JSM100, you're holding the exact dimensions of this legendary player's favorite axe. It also includes the master player's preferred "castle" headstock shape, beautiful pearl/abalone block inlays, and gold hardware.

Sound great while you fight feedback

The JSM100 may be a sight to behold, but it's not just a pretty face. Ibanez included a thick soundblock and a rigid top to give this guitar a very high resistance to feedback. While most semi-hollows would be howling at higher volumes, the JSM100 keeps you sounding smooth and in control of your tone. To provide the perfect blend of definition and warmth, Ibanez uses a half bone/half brass nut, and the two Super 58 humbucking pickups give you a classic, rich tone.

A jazz/funk/blues luminary

From his beginnings as a collaborator and sideman with Mingus, Miles and Gary Burton, through his solo work and more recent funk-oriented output with Martin, Medeski, Wood, guitarist John Scofield has blazed a fearless trail, moving effortlessly in and out of bop, fusion, rock, funk, blues and soul. Since becoming an Ibanez Signature artist in 2001, Scofield's trusted JSM100 has been at the ready, waiting for the next musical turn in the road. Says Scofield, "The JSM100 is a perfect hybrid of a solidbody and an archtop. I love my guitar. We've grown up together in this business. I do the thinking, but it does the talking. We're quite a pair."

Ibanez JSM100 Signature Semi-hollow Electric Guitar Features:
  • Color: Vintage sunburst
  • Body:Flamed maple top/back/sides
  • Neck: Mahogany, JSM Prestige set
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Fingerboard:Bound ebony, compound radius
  • Width at nut: 1.712"
  • Nut: Half bone/half brass for balanced highs and lows
  • Inlay:Pearl/ abalone block inlays
  • Frets:Medium
  • Bridge:G510BN
  • Neck pickup:Super 58 humbucker
  • Bridge pickup:Super 58 humbucker
  • Hardware color: Gold
  • Side-mount jack output
  • Max width at lower bout: 15-3/4"
  • Max body thickness: 2-3/8"
  • Deluxe hardshell case included
The Ibanez JSM100 semi-hollow electric guitar puts the feel and sound of a legend's favorite instrument in your hands!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Semi-hollowbody
Body Shape AS
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Flamed Maple
Top Material Flamed Maple
Color Vintage Sunburst
Body Finish Polyurethane
Neck Material Mahogany, Set
Neck Shape JSM Prestige
Radius Compound
Scale Length 24.7"
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Acrylic and Abalone block inlays
Number of Frets 22, medium
Nut Width 1.712"
Nut Material Half bone/half brass
Bridge/Tailpiece Gotoh G510BN fixed bridge
Tuners Gotoh
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup SUPER 58 Alnico Humbucker
Bridge Pickup SUPER 58 Alnico Humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone, 3-way toggle pickup switch
Strings .013-.052
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number JSM100VT

Customer Reviews

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This guitar is absolutely mind blowing!

To say I am blown away would be an understatement. I was after a semi-hollow guitar so I started looking around and doing my research. I really wanted a Gibson ES-335 due to it's iconic history. However, I have read a lot of bad stuff about Gibson Memphis in recent years so I kept looking for another option. I stumbled upon this gem on another guitar forum where guys were raving about how nice of a guitar it was. Anyways, I decided to purchase both the Ibanez JSM100 and a brand new Gibson ES-335 in cherry red. I got them both and clearly inspected them top to bottom. The Gibson was disappointing. It looks good from a few feet away, but when you get up close you can see many, many flaws. First off, there is lots of areas where paint was on top of the bindings (which looks unsightly). I also found lots of orange peel in the finish and overspray on the headstock. There were some unsightly imperfections in the wood as well, but it had clearly been painted over. Looking at the Ibanez JSM100 up close, you'd swear this thing was crafted by the hand of god himself. Honest to goodness, I can't find one single flaw anywhere on it, it's literally perfect. Every single minor detail looks like it was gone over with a fine tooth comb. Needless to say that I have more faith in the Japanese building a guitar now than I do the Americans (unless we're talking about Paul Reed smith, which is above and beyond anything). Comparing the sounds, the Ibanez JSM100 blows the Gibson ES-335 out of the water. It plays so nicely, the ebony fretboard feels perfect, and this thing just screams in the best of ways. You can go from a blues tone to a hard rock tone in seconds. The humbuckers sound amazing, and the guitar is so comfortable to hold. After owning this Ibanez for a few months, this thing has replaced every other guitar I've owned (and I own some very cool guitars). It's so versatile, so well crafted, and sounds so amazing, that the only other guitar that can compare (in a different way) is my PRS McCarty 594. I am not kidding when I say that the quality of this guitar is that of a much, much more expensive guitar. Honestly, they should be charging $4000 or more for this. The fact that Gibson is charging $4000 for an ES-335 is a joke, when this guitar is better, and priced way less. I dare anyone to compare this side-by-side with a modern Gibson ES-335. You'll quickly understand exactly what I am saying. This is a better guitar in every single way possible. I don't see any way at all that this guitar could be any better than it is. It's a beautiful work of art to look at, and it plays like a dream come true. To give you an idea of the guitars I own: - 2017 PRS McCarty 594 Artist Package - 2017 Gibson ES-335 Slim Neck (now sold as this Ibanez replaced it) - 2017 Fender Stratocaster American Elite - Epiphone Sheraton II Pro - 1995 Gibson Les Paul - Ibanez JSM100 This Ibanez JSM100 blows ALL of them out of the water with the exception of the PRS. The PRS is just as good as the Ibanez, but it's a solid body, so they can't really be compared. However, if you've ever seen the craftsmanship and quality of a high end PRS, I will tell you first hand that this Ibanez is of the exact same quality as the PRS. They both look like guitars that someone went over with a fine tooth comb, and made sure that NONE left the factory with any imperfections at all. If you're looking for a semi-hollow and can get past the whole "Made in the USA" thing, then this Ibanez JSM100 (which is made in Japan by Ibanez's "Team J") will likely be the best semi-hollow guitar you'll ever play. Oh, my only complaint is the huge 13 gauge strings it comes with! Haha... I removed those immediately for some 10s and it's much, much better now! Some of you guys might like those thick strings, but not this guy! One last thing, Sweetwater is the best to deal with. I had an issue with a different order (not this one) and Chuck himself (the CEO) took care of it for me, same day, no questions asked. Sweetwater will continue to have my business until the day I die. Oh, and this thing will go to the grave with me! I friggin' LOVE this guitar!!!

Still Amazed

This is my second review about the same JSM100 I bought from Sweetwater about a year and a half ago. Although I’ve been playing the Scofield every day at home, I’ve been gigging with my Strat; until last night. We played a medium sized room, about 180 people. Played through my Polytone with just a touch of delay, no reverb, and this Ibanez literally sang. Sweet, fat jazz guitar tones from the front p/u, dirty tones from the back p/u, and an entire range of sounds from the middle. And it played like butter. When I first received my Scofield from Sweetwater, I took it to my luthier for a setup. He is an authorized service tech for Gibson AND Fender, and after he worked on this Ibanez all he could say was “wow”. I’ve owned 335’s, 175’s, a 165 and a couple of Trini Lopez Gibsons, and truthfully, none of them can compare with this JSM100. Hey, I’ve been gigging for 6 decades, and I deserve to own a good ax. This is by far the ultimate. If something ever happened to this one I’d be on the phone to Sweetwater ordering another, guaranteed. Oh, and by the way, I just picked up a George Benson Twin, and you should hear both the Strat AND the Ibanez through that sweet amp, but that’s for another review.
Music background: Retired firefighter, former and now part time guitarist.

2001 JSM100

I've owned more than my share of world class high end guitars and this one is without a doubt my favorite. The craftsmanship is the best. There is not a flaw to be found. Even inside under the pickups where it dosn't matter to some builders. The cuts are clean and precise. The abalone used on the fretboard is the best grade I've seen anywhere. You can tell that each piece is individually selected and placed according to it's color, gradually changing as it moves up the neck. I've always been tempted to change pickups in guitars figuring that the "boutique'' ones have to sound better. Not in this case. The tone is loud and clear. I will keep these Super 58's just where they are. Acoustically it rings like a bell. I think it's the way that they've designed the centerblock but it sustains forever. Thank you Ibanez.

She is a beauty!

I’ve owned more than a few guitars in my lifetime. Four Strats, three 335’s, a 175, a 165, two Gibson Trini Lopez’s (thinline AND full body), four Ibanezes (including this one) and two Takamine Hirade’s. I’ve thinned the herd down to my EJ Strat, Takamine Hirade and a 335. When I saw this JSM100 at the Sweetwater site, waves of nostalgia swept over me because for about 15 years, I used an Ibanez AS200 as my main ax. Times changed, though, and I started using my Strat more and more and eventually stopped playing the AS200. About 10 years ago I sold it. As I watched the guy pull out of my driveway with my AS200 in his car I felt like I was losing an old friend. So I decided to pick up this JSM100. I figured if I didn’t like it I could always sell it later on. Well, when it arrived, I was floored. This is a beautiful guitar. There is absolutely no comparison between the finish on the Ibanez and the finish on my 335. This is a piece of art. Not only does it look good, it plays and SOUNDS good! These Super 58 pickups are alive. The sound is up front and clear, the tone can be sweet or biting, whichever you prefer. The familiar Ibanez neck feels very comfortable. The only drawback I can think of about this guitar is that it is so beautiful that I don’t even want to take it out of my house. At this point I don’t even want to take it to a gig, where it could get dinged or smelly from cigarette smoke. She’s my baby right now, and the only one who gets to touch her is me.
Music background: Retired Firefighter, part time pro musician.

I just bought my Second Ibanez Scofield from Sweetwater - final Installement

Please see my first Installment. Well, I received my Scofield and brought it to my Luthier for set-up as I do on all of my new guitar purchases. Woody Boyd, Luthier in Sacramento, is an old school craftsman who build guitars and mandolins and does restoration and major repairs on some top brands including Martin, Talyor, Gibson and many more. Woody likes to educate his customers and you get to see him do the work. As a pro guitarist but not a tech type I received some great insights about the Scofield that would normally not be possible with a drop off and pick up arrangement. For a builder and high end guitar restorer with a clear bias toward "made in the USA" I was very curious as to his observations and assessment of my new MIJ "Team J" custom shop prize. A few of his comments...on the the straightest necks he had ever seen, impressed by the solid construction and workmanship, exposed the pick-up cavity to reveal a very clean job with top quality electrical components and soldering job, liked the compound radius neck, everything worked ( pups control knobs ) "perfect" cut of the nut which is half brass and half bone... finish was flawless, and what I did not expect given his preferential tilt toward "made in the USA .." "you won't find any 335 better that your Scofield". As I mentioned in my first installment I looked at many other fine guitars but if you want, for example a Gibson, prepare to pay about twice as much and not get the same upgrade features and appoinments ...such as an ebony fretoard, compound radius neck / board...(easier playing in the upper registers), mother of pearl and abalone block inlays, gold hardware, body/neck/headstock binding and BINDING on the F-holes too. Plus visually it is a stunner with book matched flamed maple with a laminated top and internal block which elininates that annoying feedback when played electric ...so, very appropriate and versatile for jazz, blues, fusion, rock, country ...many genres except, IMO, guitars that are purposed for heavy distortion Metal ( basswood bodies EMG PUPs ) I had the string gauge changed to 10-46's as it comes with a custom set of 013, 016,022, 032, 042,and 052. A good tradeoff for a touch of artritis in my fretting hand with still a big harmonically rich sound. Again check the Sweetwater page for specs .... Bottom-line and my enthusiasm aside I think anyone interested in a 335 style guitar should take a long look at the JSM100VT Scofield. I searched for a year and found nothing that offered the tone, playability, quality , and construction of this instrument. Give Mark Magdich a call, X1265, or your sales engineer if you have one. I have bought guitars, amps, recording and other stuff and Mark is the most responsive and expert guy yet...no, we are not related and I don't own stock in Sweetwater or Ibanez. Just a semi-retired fellow who values their service and ..this is a guess ..my second Scofield has a better ( more highly figured and flamed ) Top and Back than the first one ...I am guessing but I think the larger customer-centric dealers like Sweetwater that move product get "choice" tops from the manufacturers or distributors ...my guess. Good luck in finding a guitar that is built to last, looks great, plays great, and sounds great. Given my Strat Custom shop axe and new Scofield I have my genre bases covered. Hope the reader finds this review helpful and informative.
Music background: Pro musician playing many years -jazz, blues, rockabilly, country, classic rock, latin, oldies, and surf
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