JS2400 review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.8 (79 votes)
Ibanez: JS2400
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Price paid: $ 2000

Purchased from: Jett Landry

Sound — 10
Not many guitars allow such variation as to be used from jazz to hard rock, but this super quiet guitar pulls it off. From Vintage to modern tones, whether dark or sparkling, the pickup combination with the basswood body and the design of the neck make it possible. My music composition tends to cross many genres, and although I own several guitars, this is the one I keep coming back to, whether playing softly or harder rock. I play through an Egnater Rebel-30 amp, and directly into KRK Rokit 8 monitor speakers (and sometimes an Orange 12-inch Vintage 30 cabinet). My effects vary, although I have used this guitar through heavy distortion and near-zero effects, and the JS2400 handles it all with clarity.

Overall Impression — 9
My overall impression is at least a 9, minus the lack of color or paint design choices, which really is a moot point. I definitely would purchase another if this were stolen. Its ease of play and the solid tones achieved are worth every penny of this higher-end guitar.

Reliability & Durability — 9
There is nothing I would change on this guitar and its only fault with some buyers may be the color choice or that such a great guitar does not have a more striking paint-job. However, color and finish is a personal preference, and even the clean white offers a classy vibe to match the JS2400's persona.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action is very low, and one can play fast with far less ease than other top-line guitars I have tried. I never discovered any flaws, having played this model for about one year. Everything was setup properly from the music dealer (it did not come direct from the factory).

Features — 10
"You get what you pay for" is not always true. Often you can find quality amplifiers, guitars and effect pedals at prices well below top-end manufacturers; sometimes you pay for the name. At a street price of approximately $2000, the Ibanez JS2400 is a 24-fret work of ART co-developed with Joe Satriani, and is worth every penny. I have played and owned other Ibanez guitars, including the Surfing with the Alien 20th Anniversary Edition (basic model); that guitar has a street price of about $1200, and the differences in playability and tonal expression between the two are apparent. With a maple JS Prestige bolt-on neck and rosewood fingerboard, moving quick on the JS2400, whether sweeping or performing scalar runs, is far more effortless than with other guitars in its price-range. There is a sense of fluidity with this guitar. The small neck (20mm at the 1st fret and 22.3mm at the 12th) may have something to do with it, together with my smallish hands and fingers (I have tried Vai's GEM models, and its larger neck to accommodate Vai's long fingers resulted in more struggled playing on my part). The curve of the neck also has an influence on the ease of play, as string bending not only is easier than with the other quality guitars in my collection, but you can achieve higher notes while bending as a result. The finish on the neck is worth talking about: the silk-like lacquer does not make the neck "sticky" as the hand sweats, unlike heavy, glossy lacquer found on other guitars. This allows the player to maintain speed and technique without having to fight the "stick". The basswood body allows for a very rich and somewhat mellow tone, although the harmonics and squeals that can emanate from the guitar are some of the best and easiest to achieve. What make the body special, in terms of appearance and comfort, are the many contours and rounded edges that fit the guitarist like a glove. Further, the lower horn of the body is cut in such a way as to allow excellent clearance of the fretting hand; it's easy to work high up on the neck without any obstruction. The JS2400 sports a low-profile Edge tremolo bridge, with knife-edge-like pivot surfaces for near-zero friction and locking studs to help maintain tuning stability. Also, the fine-tuners are angled back to prevent any picking-hand contact and possible de-tuning. Most importantly, although this is a floating Bridge system, I have found it takes a lot of whammy usage for this guitar to go out of tune. The neck pickup is a DiMarzio Pro Track ceramic humbucker that sports twin blades to prevent problems associated with string-alignment dropouts. It is a narrow humbucker, which means it can be placed right up against the base of the neck for best tone, as opposed to the larger humbuckers that shift down on the body. It gives a nice "throaty" tone and offers a great blues sound. And yet, when adjusting the tone knob around the halfway position, the pinch-harmonics ring out clearly. I use this pickup frequently as it does not sound overly dark or muddy, but very rich. The Bridge pickup is an Alnico DiMarzio Mo' Joe Humbucker that is powerful (more so than the Fred pickup he used on older model guitars), yet maintains its clarity of dynamics and definition. It does not have a crass sound to it, like other pickups designed for the rock genre. Rather, even when put through plenty of distortion and overdrive, this pickup rings clear as if it is a super-charged Strat pickup. The tone possibilities are vast, as you can Switch between neck and bridge, or both neck and Bridge pickups. Nothing unusual there. But you also can pop the volume button (via a coil tap switch) to split the Bridge pickup for a thinner tone, thus giving two more tonal variations as you use it on its own or in combination with the neck pickup. And then, as you fine-tune the tone knob, the subtleties become apparent and diverse. The volume control electronics also is of fine workmanship; as the volume is lowered you do not lose very much, if any gain or distortion. This is important if adjusting volume of the guitar to match the volume of the band, from a slightly quieter rhythm to a more searing lead.

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    MonsterOfRock
    I have played this at a store recently. Its very responsive to fretting and picking, seemed to be very open in tone and picks up harmonics like crazy. Pretty much like all other JS guitars. And I think people who've played it will nearly agree with me that Ibanez JS guitars are probably the most comfortable guitars to play.
    Seref
    Yeah, people are kind up stupid when it comes to lumber. In the world, there are many kinds of rosewood. Brazilian Rosewood, Indian Rosewood, East Indian Rosewood, African Rosewood, Wenge, Caribbean Rosewood, the list goes on. The woods are all visually and tonally different, and range from common and cheap to endangered and prohibitively expensive. But no, UG commenters think all Rosewood is the same, all Basswood has the structural integrity of Balsa, and all bolt-on necks are bad.
    Prekket
    Seref wrote: But no, UG commenters think all Rosewood is the same, all Basswood has the structural integrity of Balsa, and all bolt-on necks are bad.
    +1
    Vabolo
    HOLDINtheACES wrote: Bolt on neck for $2000?
    Here we go again...
    El_Bozo
    Cam'sGuitarSolo wrote: OMG, Another one of those! I saw your ratings (10,10,10,9,9) and i just knew that this is another one of those BS worthless ratings. Every guitar has flaws, No matter if it is a signature Joe Satriani Guitar or What Else. I didn't even had to fully read your Review to know it would be one like: "This guitar is awesome worth every cent i own it for like 15 minutes but its still the best i have ever played, i don't need a backup guitar BLA BLA" Whatever. I think that no matter how cool this guitar is or how good it is, Your review isn't even close to the guitar's true quality. More than 99% of all the Reviews are like this BS Review ass-kissing. I Swear to Everybody Here on this site, WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS BS BECAUSE ALL THE REVIEWS ARE THE SAME!!! For example: "This guitar is The best i have ever played, (Insert guitar brand,model etc. here) is the best guitar i own and i know i can make love to this guitar like i chump muffins inside my "Review-writing-lack-off" Mouth. I hope i have made this Moment an educative one for everyone's Sake.
    I'd suggest to pay more attention to what was written in the review.
    I never discovered any flaws, having played this model for about one year.
    I think 1 year is enough time to make up your mind about a guitar... But that's just me.
    Veil of Lies
    Cam'sGuitarSolo wrote: OMG, Another one of those! I saw your ratings (10,10,10,9,9) and i just knew that this is another one of those BS worthless ratings. Every guitar has flaws, No matter if it is a signature Joe Satriani Guitar or What Else. I didn't even had to fully read your Review to know it would be one like: "This guitar is awesome worth every cent i own it for like 15 minutes but its still the best i have ever played, i don't need a backup guitar BLA BLA" Whatever. I think that no matter how cool this guitar is or how good it is, Your review isn't even close to the guitar's true quality. More than 99% of all the Reviews are like this BS Review ass-kissing. I Swear to Everybody Here on this site, WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS BS BECAUSE ALL THE REVIEWS ARE THE SAME!!! For example: "This guitar is The best i have ever played, (Insert guitar brand,model etc. here) is the best guitar i own and i know i can make love to this guitar like i chump muffins inside my "Review-writing-lack-off" Mouth. I hope i have made this Moment an educative one for everyone's Sake.
    If you don't like the review, go buy the guitar and ****in review it yourself.
    logicbdj
    This was my first guitar review post... not sure who you're talking about in regard to high ratings. Sorry if I like this guitar, although I own 8, have played several others, and think it's worth the rating. Sorry for mispelling JEM... my fault, but at least I played one (how about you?). In any case, I owned a Jackson Soloist with a neck through body design... sleek, but the high gloss finish made my hand sticky when a bit moist, unlike the bolt-on neck of the JS2400. And regardless of the bolt-on neck, I can fret the 24th fret no problem. Thus, I have no issues with the bolt-on aspect... that's why it didn't get a mark off for that aspect.
    Blbmbr666
    Cam'sGuitarSolo wrote: El_Bozo wrote: Oops, that second quote is from the review itself, just to show that the reviewer didn't just play this guitar for 15 min and gave it an almost all-10 review without a reason. If you write a review, go and LOOK for some F'ing flaws. Not like i play it for a year and it is still good, most cheap ebay guitar's for $1,99 can survive for a year without a Noticeable Flaw. And who are you? The Reviewers Second Account? It Wouldn't Surprise me, you BOZO!
    Uhh I'd imagine that since this is a pretty high level guitar, there aren't going to be many glaring problems with it. A review is someone's opinion on the guitar, and if you don't like it then don't read it. I also find it hilarious that new 2011 members are the ones saying things about how reviews are written.
    MR.Shamanistica
    Necrotise wrote: $2000? for a bolt-on neck, rosewood fingerboard and a basswood body? A $2000 guitar with those specs better come with $1000 taped inside the control cavity.
    Basswood isn't a low quality wood by any stretch, I think you'll find a handfull of high end guitars are made out of it.
    alex_crawford
    I'd like to point out that the quality of a guitar lies not only in it's specs, but also in the craftmanship. A 2.5K PRS may have the same specs as a $600 Epi, but that's because the PRS is obviously much better constructed. So dont't look at this guitar and think "wtf? $2000 for a basswood body, bolt-on neck and rosewood fingerboard?". Instead, actually PLAY one before judging it's quality. I expect that for that $2000, the craftmanship should be top-notch.
    Seref
    Necrotise wrote: MR.Shamanistica wrote: Basswood isn't a low quality wood by any stretch. Rosewood isn't bad either, in fact ironically my main guitar is a bolt-on Jackson with a basswood body and a rosewood fretboard. You know how much i paid for it brand new? 500, i believe they're about $600 USD. Both guitars were made in Japan so whats the difference? ChucklesMginty wrote: You're kidding right? No.
    And you think those qualities make it not worth the money? My friend's Epiphone has a mahogany body, maple cap, mahogany glued-in neck, and rosewood fretboard. It was ~$600. My PRS has a mahogany body, maple cap, mahogany glued-in neck, and rosewood fretboard. It was ~$2.5k. So what you're saying is that because the woods and neck construction are the same, the PRS should be $600. Yeah, okay.
    LolCatGuitar
    Necrotise wrote: MR.Shamanistica wrote: Basswood isn't a low quality wood by any stretch. Rosewood isn't bad either, in fact ironically my main guitar is a bolt-on Jackson with a basswood body and a rosewood fretboard. You know how much i paid for it brand new? 500, i believe they're about $600 USD. Both guitars were made in Japan so whats the difference?
    well first of all, your Jackson probably has mediocre pickups and tremolo. If not, that's good. The craftsmanship on the Ibanez is way higher, and they probably used a couple different pieces of basswood glued together for the body for your Jackson. and with the addition of using lower quality basswood, then the tone would really suffer compared to a 1 piece, high quality, expertly crafted, body of basswood. just because its the same wood doesn't mean its the same thing. Why don't you buy $100 ibanezes and squiers because you could just replace the hardware then you have an american custom shop equivalent. It's simple right? the woods don't matter as-long as there the same wood, right? Not to mention that the tremolo on the JS2400 is made of high quality metals and is praised for being one of the best tremolo's ever. better than OFR's in some people's opinions . but you know, if you ever become famous, just use $700 guitars because they obviously feel and sound the same as a $2,000 guitar with the same woods and everything. you could easily afford something nicer but what's the point in having better playability right? because they are both made in japan it really doesn't make a difference right? But you know, you can't hear or feel the difference, so it doesn't matter...
    feathers632
    Penis size = 9 Brain cells = 4 Cash to spend = 2 Soft guitar bag I got free = 10 Neoprene foam I stick on my guitar picks so I can grip them = 10 Empty jar of Vaseline = 1 3TB of downloaded porn = 10
    vaca11
    Necrotise wrote: $2000? for a bolt-on neck, rosewood fingerboard and a basswood body? A $2000 guitar with those specs better come with $1000 taped inside the control cavity.
    ARE YOU REALLY SO F***K NOOB ?? Check ibanez wepsite all of their TOP-end guitars (inc. 4000$ ones) are made from BASSWOOD.. it isnt a low quality wood FENDER CUSTOM SHOP.. i think they are great you can order guitars +10000$ and it will be BOLT-ON
    That Guy is Me
    Reviewer talked about the finish on Reliability and Durability and gave it a 9, for what I believe to be the lack of finish options. On Action, Fit, and Finish, however there was no talk about the finish and it was give a 10. I know I'm just nitpicking, but seriously? C'mon, at least try to talk about the right thing in the right section.
    ntguy73
    This guy's review is almost identical to joe satriani's youtube video on this guitar... This review has lost all credibility in my opinion... i'll post the video you you all can see what i'm talking about...
    I personally would never pay 2 grand for a bolt on eventually i'ts going to get a stress crack like all bolt on's... Basswood.. is the cheapest wood on the market NO MATTER THE QUALITY... it's still crap... MAHOGANY or go home... unless your joe satriani you can't afford to keep replacing this guitar due to durability issues. this is a crap guitar.. and the reviewer has no clue what he's talking about...
    logicbdj
    I never even listened to that review. Odd how we would suggest the same things about the same thing, duh! In any case, amazing how many people chimed in on this who never played the darn thing, lol. Bolt on vs. build through is irrelevant. I have a few Carvins that are not bolt-on... half the price as well (or a bit more than half)... but they are different animals, it depends on what you like for what application.
    auburnshredder
    Year late on thi spost....but I just paid 1500 for a 2400 and why it is very versatile and every bit a J-Craft guitar, my IBZ RG 920 Premium (half the price) plays just as well, although the pups and trem are better on the JS. That being said, not giving up my McCarty and LP for any Ibanez.
    pato15
    meticadpa : I don't know what peoples' problem with a bolt-on neck is. People never seem to have a problem with Stratocasters or Telecasters but regularly slam Ibanez for them +1 people on here can't stand Ibanez for some reason....
    new world udder
    Based on playability and tone the reviewer likes the JS guitar more than any other he has played or owned and it sounds like he has had a few good ones. All reviews are subjective and some will love a high end axe while others dont. I prefer Ibanez in general over Jackson based on feel and the edge trems but Jacksons are great sounding great playing guitars. The best guitar I felt I ever played was a PRS Custom24 wide-thin neck just set up, frets leveled and polished by a top notch tech I know but thats just my opinion. Im gonna have to try one of these out although from past JS models Ive played I'll still prefer the Custom24 over the JS based on neck carve.
    shecter guy
    not a fan of the body shape, but im sure its an incredible guitar. I happen to like rosewood and a good bolt on neck. never once have either of these things held back my tone. i do enjoy reading the comments. makes me feel intelligent haha. Id love to play one sometime
    abbydaddy03
    Mr Winters wrote: It's certainly beautiful and I'm sure it sounds awesome. But two grands is A LOT of money.
    true dat
    Ziggity
    This guitar looks awesome, I wish it came in black though. Also not really a fan of the top cut away, looks a little too 'extreme' I guess...
    new world udder
    The mini bucker at the neck is a great idea to keep the proper woman tone thats slightly lost by mounting a big humbucker further towards the bridge due to the longer 24 fret neck pushing it back. Id like to PRS try this, I like the Custom24 wide thin playability better but prefer the neck pup tone of the Custom22, I know theyre different pups but the 2 frets worth of distance is mainly what makes a neck pup Les Paul creamy or not. My Ibanez RG never could match the neck pup tones of a 22fret S1620 Prestige I own w/ stock QM pups. I tried PAFs, JB, Jazz, Custom Custom, eventually the best tone I got was with all actives, EMG 81 bridge, SA middle, 89 neck. The 89 coil tapped at neck gave some great clean tones but failed to deliver the proper woman tones with dist. on full HB because the pup is in the wrong place to achieve those tones. JMO but for that reason I only own 22 fret guitars right now, not saying I wouldnt like to own a Custom24 though.
    logicbdj
    The review was written in advance of posting it on this site (it wasn't written for this site originally)... I made it fit the headers provided/required by UG rather than re-writing it. Make you feel better?
    NathanRobbins
    MR.Shamanistica wrote: Necrotise wrote: $2000? for a bolt-on neck, rosewood fingerboard and a basswood body? A $2000 guitar with those specs better come with $1000 taped inside the control cavity. Basswood isn't a low quality wood by any stretch, I think you'll find a handfull of high end guitars are made out of it.
    Necrotise I've gotta back you up on this one man. I think that it's pretty bs that Ibanez keeps putting out these high-dollar guitars with bolt-on necks and basswood bodies. Basswood, as far as I've found, is a very neutral sounding wood. In other words, pointless. Both alder or mahogany would at least give the tone some character and maybe then this guitar would actually be worth 2,000 buckaroos (with something other than a bolt-on neck of course lol). But as is? HELL NO. I'm sure it plays fine. And I'm sure it sounds good. But you could get a guitar with equal features for half the price easy. Woo hoo you spent an extra grand on a guitar with Joe Satch's name on it Guitar's Pros: body contour neck pickups tremolo Guitar's Cons: bolt-on neck basswood body rosewood fretboard(in my opinion only this one is subjective) the features are not worth $2000 also i hate pull/push knob s**t. Five-way is the way to go "I have tried Vai's GEM models, and its larger neck to accommodate Vai's long fingers resulted in more struggled playing on my part" I find this funny as well.
    ChucklesMginty
    Necrotise wrote: $2000? for a bolt-on neck, rosewood fingerboard and a basswood body? A $2000 guitar with those specs better come with $1000 taped inside the control cavity.
    You're kidding right?
    chasetheabyss
    Cam'sGuitarSolo wrote: OMG, Another one of those! I saw your ratings (10,10,10,9,9) and i just knew that this is another one of those BS worthless ratings. Every guitar has flaws, No matter if it is a signature Joe Satriani Guitar or What Else. I didn't even had to fully read your Review to know it would be one like: "This guitar is awesome worth every cent i own it for like 15 minutes but its still the best i have ever played, i don't need a backup guitar BLA BLA" Whatever. I think that no matter how cool this guitar is or how good it is, Your review isn't even close to the guitar's true quality. More than 99% of all the Reviews are like this BS Review ass-kissing. I Swear to Everybody Here on this site, WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS BS BECAUSE ALL THE REVIEWS ARE THE SAME!!! For example: "This guitar is The best i have ever played, (Insert guitar brand,model etc. here) is the best guitar i own and i know i can make love to this guitar like i chump muffins inside my "Review-writing-lack-off" Mouth. I hope i have made this Moment an educative one for everyone's Sake.
    +1
    Necrotise
    MR.Shamanistica wrote: Basswood isn't a low quality wood by any stretch.
    Rosewood isn't bad either, in fact ironically my main guitar is a bolt-on Jackson with a basswood body and a rosewood fretboard. You know how much i paid for it brand new? 500, i believe they're about $600 USD. Both guitars were made in Japan so whats the difference?
    ChucklesMginty wrote: You're kidding right?
    No.
    Mr Winters
    It's certainly beautiful and I'm sure it sounds awesome. But two grands is A LOT of money.
    Eifichan
    So much hate. D: Geez guys, this is just his opinion on the guitar, don't get all "RAAAGE" on him for liking it... I'm still a noob at the whole guitar thing, but damn guys, it's just a review.
    rockerwannabe
    Necrotise : $2000? for a bolt-on neck, rosewood fingerboard and a basswood body? A $2000 guitar with those specs better come with $1000 taped inside the control cavity.
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! F'n fantastic!!!!!
    Necrotise
    Seref wrote: And you think those qualities make it not worth the money? My friend's Epiphone has a mahogany body, maple cap, mahogany glued-in neck, and rosewood fretboard. It was ~$600. My PRS has a mahogany body, maple cap, mahogany glued-in neck, and rosewood fretboard. It was ~$2.5k. So what you're saying is that because the woods and neck construction are the same, the PRS should be $600. Yeah, okay.
    No, the price difference there is partly due to your PRS being hand made in USA with higher quality wood and electrical components, but yes i do think theyre overpriced anyway but thats not the point. If you'd actually read my post instead of getting your panties knotted you'd have realised i was talking about comparing two guitars with almost identical construction, made in similar respectable Japanese factories, My Jackson being $600 and the Ibanez being $2000 makes absolutely no sense whatsoever and so far despite me being ripped nobody has been able to justify this price difference to me?
    Necrotise
    $2000? for a bolt-on neck, rosewood fingerboard and a basswood body? A $2000 guitar with those specs better come with $1000 taped inside the control cavity.
    Cam'sGuitarSolo
    OMG, Another one of those! I saw your ratings (10,10,10,9,9) and i just knew that this is another one of those BS worthless ratings. Every guitar has flaws, No matter if it is a signature Joe Satriani Guitar or What Else. I didn't even had to fully read your Review to know it would be one like: "This guitar is awesome worth every cent i own it for like 15 minutes but its still the best i have ever played, i don't need a backup guitar BLA BLA" Whatever. I think that no matter how cool this guitar is or how good it is, Your review isn't even close to the guitar's true quality. More than 99% of all the Reviews are like this BS Review ass-kissing. I Swear to Everybody Here on this site, WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS BS BECAUSE ALL THE REVIEWS ARE THE SAME!!! For example: "This guitar is The best i have ever played, (Insert guitar brand,model etc. here) is the best guitar i own and i know i can make love to this guitar like i chump muffins inside my "Review-writing-lack-off" Mouth. I hope i have made this Moment an educative one for everyone's Sake.
    El_Bozo
    Oops, that second quote is from the review itself, just to show that the reviewer didn't just play this guitar for 15 min and gave it an almost all-10 review without a reason.
    Cam'sGuitarSolo
    El_Bozo wrote: Oops, that second quote is from the review itself, just to show that the reviewer didn't just play this guitar for 15 min and gave it an almost all-10 review without a reason.
    If you write a review, go and LOOK for some F'ing flaws. Not like i play it for a year and it is still good, most cheap ebay guitar's for $1,99 can survive for a year without a Noticeable Flaw. And who are you? The Reviewers Second Account? It Wouldn't Surprise me, you BOZO!
    Vabolo
    I'd love to review a John Lennon signature guitar and give it all tens, just so that when the people in the comments section start a flame war, I can say "give peace a chance". Flame war is over, if you want it.
    musiice
    Black headstock? I prefer the headstock matches the body colour. I'd not pay $2000 for an Ibanez, seriously. for that amount? -> ESP/Edwards. "Cheaper" and better. I dont think this guitar worths $2000, neither any Ibanez signature.
    shoule79 wrote: Necrotise wrote: [..] Yup, thats about right. Basswood + locking tremolo = loose posts. [...]
    That is exactly what happened to a friend of mine with his basswood Ibanez. Loose post -> bridge mad as **** -> the strings started to break and then it hurted his wrist. It was awesome.
    gman128
    Agree with Seref, high end American basswood is different from the cheapo stuff used to make low end RGs, or strats. ok yh so $500 has probably been added on because a] it's a satriani model and b] it is relatively new (introduced last year i think), but come on, It's made by Team J. craft in Japan, with all top notch hardware. I'd like to know what some ppl would price this guitar new if they had a clue?
    Divinephyton
    People arguing about the price for the materials are complaining about the industry's standard in standard prices for "high end" guitars. Even if it were made out of cigar boxes, if it's marketed in the "high end" league, it'll cost you around 2000 and up. No need going into production differences or anything. Even small time manufactureres sort of stick to it, just because the big ones do. Not many people trust claims it'd be the same quality anyhow. Exceptions notwithstanding, but like I said, it's a standard. If you really want best bang for your buck, your best bet is to research where the money goes production-wise instead of guitar-wise and good luck with that
    venom1stas
    Maybe its a 10/10/10/9/9 for real but if there was a price score it would get a fat 0
    lespaul1963
    I have been playing since 1981 and have owned somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 guitars. Last Christmas, my wife and kids gave me a JS2400...it's one of the nicest guitars I've ever owned. As far as I am concerned, it doesn't matter what materials a guitar are constructed from. For me, it's about tone, feel/playability, quality, features and appearance...in that order. Is the JS2400 worth $2k...yeah, it is. Is it a fine guitar...yeah, it is. I have a Brian May Red Special guitar that I think as highly of as I do my JS2400. Different construction, features and price (less than half) and yet the tone, feel/playability and quality are there. Do I use them for the same kind of music...no. Different tools for different jobs. This it has-to-be "mahogany, set-neck, maple cap, ebony fingerboard, etc. if I'm gonna pay 2k, but I'll accept "basswood, bolt-on neck, rosewood fingerboard, etc. for under 1k" mentality needs to go away. What a guitar is worth is very subjective.
    gent2590
    What does the lack of paint job/color/finish options have to do with Reliability and Durability?