NAMM 2020 video: Yvette Young talks us through her head-turning YY10 Talman signature model

NAMM 2020: People have been asking two-hand-tapping phenom Yvette Young for a signature model for quite some time now, and finally her own take on the Talman, the YY10, has surfaced - and we got the lowdown from the Covet guitarist herself.

The YY10 takes the Talman format and tweaks it to cater more to Young’s idiosyncratic playing style, with a U-shaped maple neck and 305mm-radius fretboard bolted on to an alder body, and a factory tuning of (low to high) FACGBE with .010-gauge strings.

Ibanez YY10

(Image credit: Ibanez Guitars)

A trio of Seymour Duncan Five Two single coils provide the tones, while Wilkinson’s WV6-SB tremolo, Gotoh MG-T locking tuners and luminescent side-dot inlays round out the spec.

As you can hear, Young had some pretty specific requirements for what her model would include - and how it features on Covet’s forthcoming debut full-length.

The YY10 is available later this year for $1,466 in Slime Green Sparkle (although Yvette’s trademark pink sparkle is surely around the corner) - see Ibanez Guitars for more info.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.