Ibanez Jet King

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Ibanez Jet King
Manufacturer Ibanez
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bolt-on
Body Basswood(JTK1) Mahogany(JTK2,3,4)
Neck Maple
Bridge Tune-o-matic
Colors available
Varies with Model
Jet King 1 (JTK1BR) resembles 1960s Teisco in position markers and pickup selectors.

The Ibanez Jet King is the term for a family of electric guitars made by Ibanez, essentially a modern remake of the Ibanez Rhythm Maker. In appearance, the Jet King is similar to a Fender Jazzmaster. The family includes:

EJ-2T (1960s) by FujiGen
Zim-Gar EJ-2-T by FujiGen
Teisco MJ-2L (1965)
  • Jet King 3 (JTK3)
  • Jet King 4 (JTK4)

Jet King 1[edit]

According to the Harmony Central press release the original JTK1 had the following pickups: Neck Pickup: Powersound PSND1 Humbucker, Bridge Pickup: Powersound PSND2 Humbucker. It had a different body compared to later versions, with a smaller upper horn and the tuners were 3-a-side. It was available in Butterscotch Transparent, Ivory, Metallic Light Blue, and Black Red Sunburst.

Jet King 2[edit]

StageMaster in 1960s (Ibanez model 904) was slightly similar to Rhythm Maker [4]
Teisco SS-4L (1962) might possibly influence on various split-pickguard models in 1960s.
Jet King Bass (JTKB200), bass version of Jet King 2, resembles Ibanez Rhythm Maker in 1960s.[4]

The Jet King 2 (Also, Jet King II, ""Jetking II"", JTK2) was essentially an upgrade of the original. The machine heads now were on one side, and the body was changed to its current shape.

The first and discontinued edition of the Jet King II is probably the most collectible of all the range. The body is finished in brown sunburst with tortoise pickguard and has two Ibanez Super 58 pickups for neck and bridge. The Jet King II models made from 2003/11 to 2004/10 features a 1-piece maple bolt-on neck with rosewood fingerboard and the body is mahogany. The second and most popular edition of the JTK 2 (black and white and red and white) has only one Super 58 pickup for the neck, one Axis pickup for the bridge and a 3-piece neck like most Ibanez guitars. Standard colors for the Jet King II second edition were black or red with white pickguards, though examples of a white body and black pickguards have been seen. The Ibanez Super 58 pickup has a warm vintage sound while the Axis has a brighter and more aggressive sound. It has one volume knob, one tone knob, "rocker switches" used for coil splitting (for even more versatility), a fixed Full Tune III bridge and a string-thru body construction, providing fair sustain. The "rocker switches" allow this guitar to be very versatile. Some players claim it can imitate a Fender Jazzmaster or a Gibson Les Paul.

Jet King 3 and 4[edit]

At the NAMM 2007 show, two new Jet Kings were revealed. The "retro-style" mahogany body remained the same; however, unlike its predecessors, no rocker coil splits were included on the new models.

The Jet King 3 features two P-90 style soapbar pickups, the IBZ HFS1, and IBZ HFS2. Standard colors are "Roadster Orange Metallic" and "Bluestone." "Turquoise", and "Red Bean" colors are available in limited markets.

The Jet King 4 featured a Bigsby-style tremolo and two humbuckers, the ACH3 neck pickup and ACH4 bridge pickup.


Other related Ibanez guitars are:

  • The Jet King Bass (JTKB200BS)
  • The Rhythm Maker (model 1830, 1860 in 1960s)[4]
  • The ORM1 (Omar Rodríguez-López signature model)

Notable Jet King players[edit]

David Lowery (Cracker) with JTK1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ EJ-2-T was manufactured by FujiGen during c.1962–c.1965, and exported under several brands including: St George, Zim-Gar, etc. Note: similar model but with slightly broaden left-horn, seems later also manufactured by Matsumoku and exported as: Palmer, Tempo, Nivco (JVC), etc.
  2. ^ Mark Cole (2006-12-12). "MJ-2L (1965), WG-2L (1963) - My Teiscos". Teisco Twanger's Paradise. 
    Note: Kawai S-80 with half pickguard model in 1960s resembles similar appearance, as seen on: 60s Bizarre Guitars. p. 32. 
  3. ^ "Guyatone Gallery". GuyatoneGuitars.com. DeMont Guitars. Bill Menting (oncevlectrum-undervlectrum.com): Left to right, EG-90,Model 1840 large body, extra volume and tone,set neck model 1202 bass, 1830 small body, 1830 large body/headstock, set neck model 1860. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Hoshino Gakki Ten: IBANEZ and related brands....". OnceVlectrum-UnderVlectrum.com. {Middle} A rare one here, an Ibanez model 1860 large body set neck, circa 1960. This old girls claim to fame is that one of these models was owned by the late Jimi Hendrix. I have the original Kevlar type case as well. It is also Guyatone made.”,“Model 1830 bolt on neck  
    Note: Kawai S180 (c.1964) used by Hound Dog Taylor, a similar model with slightly different pickguard, is said to be a copy of the Guyatone model indicated by the trade buyer, according to: 60s Bizarre Guitars. p. 32.  And, according to the "Genesis of FujiGen" site, several of Kawai models at that time were also sometimes manufactured by FujiGen (with the request of trade buyer), to fill the shortage of production of Kawai, and these models are seen on the 1965 photograph of FujiGen office.


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