Italia, the ‘new but retro’ electric guitar range from JHS, has gained several new models announced today.
The newcomers are led by an addition to the Jeffrey Foskett Signature Series- the Italia JFQ. Availablein Two-Tone Blue, the JFQ is a full hollow body, single cutaway guitar, which JHS describes as: ‘…exhibiting a full and resonant acoustic tone that only increases when the guitar is plugged in and amplified. Using the same wiring configuration first used in the JF6, a trio of mini humbucker pickups offer a dizzying array of tonal options – and all without the need for a selector switch!’
The sound is controlled by a blend control knob, allowing the player to dial in the balance between the neck and bridge pickups, while the middle pickup is activated by a push/pull volume control. Each of the JFQ’s three pickups comes equipped with its own LED on/off /off switch:’for instant player feedback and eye-catching stage appeal’.
The Maranello Classic MKII is the second generation of the Italia original classic design. The revamped Maranello Classic is lighter in weight than its predecessor but retains the same tone. Sportinga single cutaway body for easy high-fret access, the back and neck of the guitar feature a white pearloid wrap painted finish, which complements the Red Sparkle and Gold Sparkle colours. Amplifiedsounds come courtesy of a pair of newly updated alnico Italia ITV-5 pickups, whose vintage voices encapsulate the: ‘…unashamed retro vibe of this tone time machine’.
The Maranello Classic MKII’s electronic circuitry and input jack are housed in a unique res-o-glass pickguard which sits deep inside the routed hollow body cavity, allowing for a reduced neck angle and bringing the strings closer to the pickguard surface to create a full and rich resonant amplified voice.
Brand new for 2018 the Maranello ’61 MKII adds a number of updates to one of the most popular guitars in the Italia range. Thesecond generation Maranello ’61 MKII features a semi-acoustic body and two high-output Wilkinson WHHB humbuckers. The upgraded pickups on the new Maranello ’61 MKII are connected to a 5-way switch.A Roller Saddle, Tune-O-Matic bridge is paired with a Les Trem II Tremolo system and Italia Locking tuning machines, allowing the guitar to perform:’,,,everything from subtle pitch variations to hard rock histrionic dive bombs, always retaining remarkable tuning stability and pro-level playability’.
Also new for 2018, and the most recent addition to the Italia Maranello series is theIntero.JHS says achambered mahogany body:’…delivers a smooth and open sound via a combination of the ITM-5 humbucker and piezo bridge. In addition to a master tone and master volume, a blend control allows you to dial in the perfect balance of both pickups, so you can zone right in on your signature tone’.
Next up is the Italia Europa whose familiar design is graced with a trio of Italia ITM-5 Mini Humbuckers.In addition to a traditional 3-way pickup selector, the Europa’s middle pickup is blended via an independent volume controlwhich worksin tandem with the master volume and tone pots.
Finally, the Italia range gains a new 12-string, the Rimini 12. Equipped with a pair of Wilkinson WMH Mini Humbuckers, the Rimini 12 sports achambered American alder body and is controlled from a master tone and master volume working alongside a 3-way pickup selector switch, allowing quick and easy access to the full spectrum of the Rimini’s tonal range. TheItalia 12 Trapeze Tailpiece works in tandem with a Tune-O-Matic bridge.