The Ibanez EP5 is the signature model of the electroacoustic guitar of the famous virtuoso Steve Vai. Its original shape (narrow body) is tailored to the requirements of this excellent instrumentalist and his technical playing style.
The front of the guitar is made of solid Engelmann spruce, the sides and back are made of plywood. Glued to the neck made of exotic nyatoh wood is a fingerboard made of composite wood, which the manufacturer describes as Cultured Maple, fitted with twenty-four frets. The resonance of the solid soundboard is supported by the traditional X ribbing, while the body is embellished with a decorative rosette with Decal design, bright binding and inlay on the twelfth fret of the fingerboard.
Sound pickup is handled by a Fishman Sonicore sub-coil pickup and a proprietary preamp with a two-band EQ, built-in tuner and Phase button for feedback suppression.
Strings are housed in gold tuning machines and a Cultured Maple composite wood fingerboard with Ibanez Advantage pegs, which are easier to manipulate than standard models. In addition, the string and pegs hold the string firmly in the optimal position, i.e. there is no loosening of the pegs as the string tension increases. The guitar's peg is shaped to optimally transmit the vibrations of the string to achieve the best possible sound.
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