The Ibanez JS3 was introduced in 1990 as a custom-order model in the Joe Satriani signature range, with individual artwork painted by Donnie Hunt. It was based on the JS1 which was also introduced in 1990. Hunt hand-painted each model at his home in the US, often working on many at the same time, before they were delivered to Ibanez for clear-coating and assembly. The model appeared in the catalog near the top of the range at $2,299.
Of the information surrounding the history of the JS3, very little has come directly from Hoshino (Ibanez’s parent company), so it has fallen to owners and enthusiasts to piece together the JS3 story. One of the key unknowns is just how many were built. At some stage a figure of 300 was discussed and this became accepted as fact, even though those people who have dealt with the JS3 in the following years suggest that there is no evidence that there were ever more than 70 models at most.
The model was withdrawn from the product line in 1993, and the untimely death of Donnie Hunt in 1996 meant that there would be no anniversary models.
Donnies have always been one of the most collectible of Ibanez guitars. Their premium price at retail and limited availability ensured that they always held a position of status within the range, but this has continued to grow as time has passed. They change hands fairly rarely and often hold a prize position within a collection.
Each one had a unique serial number, but we know very few of the serial numbers of the models below, so the numbers on the left are purely for the purposes of reference for this website.
The images below have been collated from various sources, often in fairly low resolution, but have been normalised into the same format to allow easier comparison between Donnie Hunt’s artworks. Click an image for an expanded view.
To date we have managed to accumulate 33 different model images. In cases where the owner is public knowledge we have stated it. If you are lucky enough to own a Donnie, please consider allowing us to add it to this historical record, even if it’s on the basis of strict anonymity. Contact information is at the foot of the page.
Contact: Phil John