Nita Strauss and Yvette Young once traded signature guitars – but found each others’ designs damn-near unplayable

Nita Strauss playing her Ibanez JIVA and Yvette Young with her YY20 signature guitar
(Image credit: Roy Rochlin / Phillip Faraone / Stringer/ Getty)

Nita Strauss has revealed that she and Yvette Young traded signature guitar models, only to find that each of them struggled to play the other’s guitar.

The two guitarists come from different ends of the rock spectrum, but both have multiple signature models with Ibanez – namely, the JIVA series for Strauss and the Talman-based YY10 and YY20 for Young. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.