PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Ibanez booth. In this segment we check out several familiar models with a bit of a twist. First up is the 30th Anniversary Musician Bass, which is limited to 15 basses worldwide. The bass made famous by Sting features swamp ash body, 5 piece maple/walnut neck, ebony fingerboard and a MC30TH Special Inlay. Next up is the 20th Anniversary of the Paul Gilbert PGM100RE. It features a basswood body, 5 piece maple/walnut neck, bound rosewood fingerboard and has a H-S-H pickup configuration. Finally, the wait is over as Ibanez has released left-hand Steve Vai and Joe Satriani signature models.



PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Ibanez booth. In this segment we check out several familiar models with a bit of a twist. First up is the 30th Anniversary Musician Bass, which is limited to 15 basses worldwide. The bass made famous by Sting features swamp ash body, 5 piece maple/walnut neck, ebony fingerboard and a MC30TH Special Inlay. Next up is the 20th Anniversary of the Paul Gilbert PGM100RE. It features a basswood body, 5 piece maple/walnut neck, bound rosewood fingerboard and has a H-S-H pickup configuration. Finally, the wait is over as Ibanez has released left-hand Steve Vai and Joe Satriani signature models.

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