Chonâ€™s brand of progressive rock is complex enough to make a mathematicianâ€™s head spin, and the Ibanez EH10 is Erick Hanselâ€™s â€” one half of the bandâ€™s twin guitar assaultâ€™s â€” weapon of choice. A walnut-topped nyatoh body yields a glorious blend of warmth, resonance, and sustain, with just a hint of bite. An ultra-stable roasted maple neck is topped with a smooth, fast-playing jatoba fingerboard. An HS configuration of Seymour Duncan pickups supplies a flexible range of tones. A full outfit of rock-solid Gotoh hardware â€” MG-T locking tuners and a T1502 tremolo â€” enables twisting, bending, and all-out dive-bombing without fear of dropping tuning during a set. The EH10 is a high-performance axe that exhibits the full gamut of vintage and modern tones.
The EH10â€™s roasted maple neck offers increased stability, durability, water resistance, and tolerance to temperature changes. And itâ€™s supremely comfortable â€” the edge of its jatoba fingerboard was finished with a smooth curve that extends through the border between the fingerboard and the neck to the fingerboard itself. Beyond that, this guitarâ€™s AZ oval C-shaped neck fills your hand nicely at the lower frets, while providing a more modern feel when youâ€™re playing up high. Luminescent side dots give you a great point of reference on dark stages.
The Ibanez EH10's Seymour Duncan Hyperion bridge humbucker is among the most balanced-sounding we've heard here at Sweetwater. It yields a moderate output and sports Alnico V magnets, which preserves the clarity of your fundamental tone in high-gain situations. Youâ€™ll also benefit from a dynamic and clear pick attack. A Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Tele single-coil neck pickup delivers sweet, hollow tones that sound great both clean and dirty. A mini-toggle switch activates a coil split, giving you access to a myriad of sonic textures.
Developed in collaboration with Gotoh, the EH10â€™s T1502 allows for effortless string skipping and hybrid picking thanks to narrow string spacing. Loading the guitarâ€™s tremolo arm is a breeze by virtue of the T1502â€™s snap-and-hold socket, and its arm torque adjuster allows for fine adjustments without any tools. The T1502â€™s stud lock screws lock the stud bolts in place, enhancing the instrumentâ€™s resonance and providing excellent tuning stability. Beyond that, the T1502â€™s 2-point floating tremolo system achieves an astoundingly smooth tremolo motion in either direction.