Ibanez has unveiled its latest collaboration with Steve Vai: introducing Paradise In Art. This ornate instrument is an evolved version of the Vai’s familiar JEM series of instruments, with a number of design tweaks that elevate it to new creative heights.
The body is solid Alder with a fresh take on Vai’s handhold feature, while the neck is a multi-piece comprised of Maple and Walnut. A Rosewood fretboard boasts a beautiful multi-coloured blossom inlay, and an HSH set of new DiMarzio UtoPIA pickups offer a smoother treble response and a more pronounced low-end.
Here’s what Ibanez say:
PIA Blossom inlay
The newly designed PIA Blossom inlay is gorgeous, prominent, and elegantly imparts Steve Vai’s trademark style and artistic vision.
Exclusively designed for the PIA, the new Petal Grip offers a balanced, contemporary design aesthetic. It’s also meant to symbolize unity, companionship, and interpersonal bonds.
DiMarzio UtoPIA pickups
Based on Steve's latest tonal preferences, DiMarzio UtoPIA pickups are voiced for smoother highs, more scooped mids, and more pronounced low-end. The pickups incorporate beautiful aesthetics and design elements meant to complement the cosmetic features of the guitar.
The Edge tremolo bridge and groundbreaking Lion's Claw tremolo cavity allow for rapidly increasing and lowering pitch with dramatic range and an intense voice.
Magnetic Tremolo Cavity Plate
The tremolo cavity plate is held in place magnetically, allowing for quick removal and reinstallation when changing strings or adjusting the tremolo system.
- Neck Type: PIA/5pc Maple/walnut
- Top/back/body: Alder Body
- Fretboard: Rosewood Fretboard/PIA Blossom Inlay
- Fret: Jumbo Stainless Steel Frets/Prestige Fret Edge Treatment
- Number Of Frets: 24
- Bridge: Edge Tremolo Bridge
- String Space: 10.8mm
- Neck Pickup: DiMarzio Utopia (H) Neck Pickup (passive/ceramic)
- Middle Pickup: DiMarzio Utopia (S) Middle Pickup (passive/alnico)
- Bridge Pickup: DiMarzio Utopia (H) Bridge Pickup (passive/ceramic)
- Factory Tuning: 1E, 2B, 3G, 4D, 5A, 6E
- Strings: D'addario EXL120
- String Gauge: .009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042
- Nut: Locking Nut
- Hardware Color: Gold