Up for sale, a 2001 Ibanez J Custom SJCRG1“Timeless Timber” spot model in near-mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with a flight case, COA and every hangtag. The exquisite neck-through Ibanez J. Custom was a non-catalog “spot model” made exclusively for Japanese retailer Shimamura. 1 of 30 produced, the SJCRG1 is exceedingly rare, and the Timeless Timber moniker refers to how the tonewoods were sourced. Salvaged from the bottom of Lake Superior in the Great Lakes, the virgin old growth woods are centuries old, comprising hard maple neck through construction, Honduran mahogany body wings, and a AAAA quilted maple top.
The old growth woods used in this Timeless Timber model could be anywhere from 500 to 1500 years old, cut from forests that existed before Europeans ever arrived in the Americas, harvested at the beginning of the logging industry’s presence in Ashland, Wisconsin more than 150 years ago. The lumber was preserved by the waters of Lake Superior and then discovered by explorer Scott Mitchen around the turn of the century while he was investigating a sunken ship.
The neck-through construction ensures an exceptional natural resonance, with a versatile array of tones available via the factory trio of DiMarzio pickups. In the neck position is a Fast Track 2 single coil-sized blade humbucker; this “everything on 11” pickup is big and bold, with great harmonic complexity and articulation. The sparkling Blue Velvet single coil in the middle position features staggered pole pieces for excellent string-to-string balance and pairs well with the other two pickups in positions 2 and 4 on the five-way selector switch. The PAF Pro combines an impressive amount of presence and “cut” with an open-sounding PAF vibe. The transparency of its sound slices through heavy processing, where darker-sounding pickups get lost in the mud of an effects chain. Low notes have both snap and chunk, and there is a spike in the midrange that gives the pickup a subtle “aw” vowel sound. Treble response is tweaked to produce highs that stand out without getting brittle.This guitar weighs 8lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.
The hard maple neck features the RG J Custom U profile, a very slender carve with full shoulders in every register, measuring .750” deep at the 1st fret and .840” deep at the 12th fret. The 24-fret rosewood fretboard is framed by flame maple binding, and the jumbo fretwire is pristine. The sculpted heel-less design offers unparalleled access to the upper frets, and this guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The Top Lok III locking nut measures 43mm (1 11/16”) in width. The headstock sports a matching quilted maple veneer, and the Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The back of the headstock retains the “Timeless Timber” decal and “Crafted by Fujigen” text.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the pickups governed by a five-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone controls. The nickel-plated hardware is all notably clean, including the dome-topped knurled knobs and Lo-Pro edge tremolo.
The AAAA quilted maple top has a deep, three-dimensional appearance, with consistent figuring across every inch, finished in Vintage Sunburst. This is a very well-kept guitar, with just a scant few tiny dings on the body as a whole. The neck retains its smooth gloss, with an area of finish reaction behind frets 1-3 (from extended time in a case), buffed smooth and not distracting to the palm while fretting.
A flight case with form-fit interior is included, along with the original CoA, every hangtag, and a laminated Japanese spec sheet/advertisement.