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Ibanez 'Joe Pass' JP20

Ibanez 'Joe Pass' JP20

This guitar was built somewhere between 1985 and 1995, although it is so 'mint' that it could have been made even more recently. With a very different tonal quality to the Gibson, Epiphone and Fender guitars, and fitted with 'half-round' strings, this guitar is the perfect instrument for playing smooth jazz. Designed by Joe Pass himself, it has two extra frets, allowing the guitar to cover a range of 4 octaves in the key of D - if the bottom string is tuned down to a low D. There is a good acoustic sound from the instrument - for a relatively thin-bodied electric, that is. So you do need to use amplification. However, playing through a clean amp at low level, you get the best of both worlds - the depth of the bassy 'woody' sound from the loudspeaker along with the 'liveliness' of the trebly acoustic sound.

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