"Some guitars are built for performance, some for aesthetic. These instruments are the best of both worlds... and perhaps the universe!"
The PIA is a new signature guitar coming out of the highly successful collaboration between Steve Vai and Ibanez. The PIA, as Steve explains it, does not replace the GEM, but is essentially an evolution of that guitar. New design features include the PIA blossom inlay, new "Petal" grip, groundbreaking Lion's Claw tremolo cavity, and DiMarzio® UtoPIA™ pickups.
- This Guitar Comes with a Hard Case
Thirty-three years after the release of one of the most legendary and iconic signature guitars of all time, the Ibanez JEM, Steve Vai and Ibanez have once again collaborated on something completely new, in what Steve has described as "the next evolution of the JEM". After all those years with his trusty JEM guitars at his side, Steve recently felt an urge to design a new guitar that reflected his own personal growth and journey as an artist since the release of the Ibanez JEM in 1987. Steve and Ibanez worked tirelessly over a period of time in order realize Steve's vision; a guitar that can not only capture the same thrill and exhilaration that his JEM guitars have always provided, but also one that adds new elements of aesthetics, design, and function. After an exciting process of research and development, Steve and Ibanez were able to create something that exceeded all expectations, something that Steve has deemed “Paradise in Art”. Ibanez is proud to now offer this new guitar, the Ibanez PIA, as the next of evolution of our amazing partnership with Steve Vai. The 'Petal Grip', arguably the most eye-catching feature of the PIA, is something that Steve feels visually represents the bond that two entities can create when in synergy with one another. It is this synergy, and its ability to create a dynamic system in which the whole is greater than its parts, that the Ibanez PIA is born.
PIA Blossom inlay
The newly designed PIA Blossom inlay is gorgeous, prominent, and elegantly imparts Steve Vais trademark style and artistic vision.
Exclusively designed for the PIA, the new Petal Grip offers a balanced, contemporary design aesthetic. Its 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.
- Newly designed PIA Blossom inlay
- Luminlay side dots
- Scalloped fingerboard on 21-24 Frets
- Ultralite Tremolo Arm™ included
- Petal grip
- Gotoh® machine heads
- Hardshell case included
- neck type PIA5pc Maple/Walnut
- top/back/body Alder body
- fretboard Rosewood fretboardPIA Blossom inlay
- fret Jumbo Stainless Steel fretsPrestige fret edge treatment
- number of frets 24
- bridge Edge tremolo bridge
- string space 10.8mm
- neck pickup DiMarzio® UtoPIA™ (H) neck pickupPassive/Ceramic
- middle pickup DiMarzio® UtoPIA™ (S) middle pickupPassive/Alnico
- bridge pickup DiMarzio® UtoPIA™ (H) bridge pickupPassive/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
- NECK DIMENSIONS
- Scale : 648mm/25.5"
- a : Width 43mm at NUT
- b : Width 58mm at 24F
- c : Thickness 18mm at 1F
- d : Thickness 20mm at 12F
- Radius : 430mmR