Using the Ibanez RGA as a foundation, Ibanez has designed the iconic JBM27 which has a tight and aggressive tone. Just as each new Periphery release seems to morph progressive metal another 180 degrees, Jake Bowen, the source of the band’s rich tapestry of guitar-based ambient soundscapes, has also moved the boundaries of guitar design and performance.
Ibanez Jake Bowen JBM27 Signature Electric Guitar Features
- 3-piece Maple “Wizard II-7” neck
- Maple top/Layered Maple & Nyatoh body
- Indian rosewood fretboard with JBM special inlay
- Jumbo frets
- Black and Gold hardware
- Factory Tuning Drop-G#
The JBM27’s 3-piece Maple Wizard II-7 neck for smooth access to the upper frets and increased sustain. The JBM27 features a Layered Maple & Nyatoh body with a maple top, and a bound Indian rosewood fretboard with jumbo frets that bears Jake’s own custom inlay at the 12th fret. Then add a reverse headstock for yet another element of visual distinction.
Given the stress a Periphery show can exert on his instrument, having a trem system that is both easily adjustable and highly stable was critical for Bowen. Jake chose the Ibanez Edge Zero II-7 bridge—not only for its inspiring, reliable performance, but also for the way it stays clear of his picking hand. Gotoh MG-T locking machine heads help provide superior tuning stability and expedite string changes.
The JBM27 also features Bowen’s signature DiMarzio Titan 7 pickups, which DiMarzio developed under Jake’s close direction. Bowen describes them as, “the perfect combination of tight and aggressive.” The JBM27 ships tuned to drop-G# (1D#, 2A#, 3F#, 4C#, 5G#, 6D#, 7G#).
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