Price: $1879.00 (new)
Where Obtained: ordered through local store--Chesbro (Idaho) product
Some complaints about "stock" quality off the line, but nothing you can't rectify yourself. Expect to be surprised or shocked at a few things. Very dry finger board (will need increments of treating wood). You'll probably need to re-set your action and/or have your intonation (you can do it yourself too but know what you're doing) adjusted. You might want to polish your fret wires too (only if you know what you're doing). I'm going to share what a "stock" JEM7V is at this date and all last year for sure: Edge Pro Bridge (floating trem) as opposed to Lo Pro on previous. Body is now Alder. Neck is now Maple/Walnut. Fingerboard is now Rosewood. Pickups still Demarzio Evolution HSH. Same monkey grip. Gold hardware nothing to shout about--looks fancier than it is. Edge Pro very easy to tackle tweaks and repairs--just learn it or have good local repairman who knows it or willing to learn it--it's a cinch once you get your hands-on. Keep a few spare parts on hand--an extra saddle block or two and screws. ***A JEM7V wants only to please. Will do about anything for you. Great rock or metal or exotic soloing guitar. Handles Country or Blues (I recommend playing off the nut humbucker for C or B or R&B)
Handles rhythm work fine. Slide work takes tighter control--if you play a lot of slide, use your other ax. It handles a slide--just harder work. Every player has different tastes and needs in a great guitar. This one suits me 100%. I have separation anxiety from mine. Is it the greatest guitar in the world? Ask Steve Vai.
You can set your own action. I try to maintain mine between 2.5mm and 2.65mm at the 24th fret. (Yes, there are 24 frets and the highest four are scalloped--concaved--great feature but these top four frets only drawback is using them for right hand taps. I've seen Steve Vai drop his trem over his top frets for show but I doubt even he can does many great taps that high and he's the "guru of taps"). The stud posts that lock the trem can be adjusted on the top and bottom side. Ideal is having your trem angle as near parallel to your body (the trem sits in a nice cavity where underneath there are trem setter springs that can also be adjusted--the tension). The JEMs come stock with three springs. The set-up for the springs can handle five springs but to me more than three is a waste of a floating trem system. I mentioned the flaws above. The floating trem system is great. Anywhere from light trem vibrato--I play trem-in-hand for exotic effect or hard whammies too--if you love those hard whammies. Unless your intonation and action about as near right-on as possible and your strings are well-stretched but of course not near-dead, some of the hard whammies can throw you out-of-tune. You have fine tuners but for major tunes, loosen the locking nut pads and tune at the keys on your machine heads. The fine tuners are great for mini-tunes. I'll edit this another night. Carla
Crates: Solid State GLX212 (120 watt) and SS GTX65 (65 watt). All BOSS pedals. Dunlop Cry Baby Wah: Vai's Bad Horsie (Morley) works great for him. I like mine because I use as much "back-off" effects as pumping down. I think it's got to be rated in the top sound-full guitars in the world. One guitar and a decent player can make you forget there's no drummer or bass behind you. I haven't been on stage with this one. It's been recorded a local studio and I've video-recorded and it sounds great even on video tape on my TV. I'm reluctant to take it to a bar yet. I've had past problems with people wanting to stand in with my flat tops (I'm anal). Alcohol and other people's guitars don't mix. Sometimes it's nice to return a favor for stand-in but if I wasn't drinking but they are--I can't afford a new guitar and when anything happens to any of my guitars--I'm sick about it for years and year. It plays "warm" nice. It plays "fat" great. It plays "dark" beautifully. I had a wobbly A string (unless you've ever had one--and they are common--or noticed you had one--you'll understand. I worked with that wobble for months. Last time I took it to Scotty--he fixed the wobble--I don't even know if he knew he did--he knew about the wobble. He didn't know what I meant about "wobble" until he saw for himself--and then he said "Yea, your A-string wobbles." He sees that with Teles and Strats too. It doesn't affect the sound. If you set your action too low (and like it that way, you might get some string buzz). I like 2.5mm - 2.65 for better muting, better understring bends if/when I do and occasional slide practice. Otherwise I'd lower it more--I tried lower but got the string buzz too. Carla
I'll finish another time and edit.
Final word: AWESOME. If this gtr was stolen, I would kill myself and then go buy another one.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $1200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Ibanez Directly
See: Ibanez Web Site
for all the details of this guitar.
The newer models have rosewood necks, mine is ebony.
I played a Charvel for years prior to this guitar and found that I was able to make the switch very easily. The Neck is very thin, so if you like a Gibson you would hate this neck.
The variations if the sound of this guitar are endless. I can go from a Jazz gig to a Folk show, to a blues jam, to a Metal Shred fest and only take this guitar.
I have had this guitar in New England for 5 years and have done nothing to it except for the truss rod adjustments we have to do each spring and fall. Other than a fret polish it is still in mint shape.
Recommended to anyone, you can play just about any style on electric guitar, truly amazing well designed by ibanez, dimarzio and of course steve vai himself!!!
Model Year: 2001
Where Obtained: japan
If its good enough for steve vai! then its good enough for me!!!!!!
Sounds v.cool with whammy and wah!!!!!!!!!!!!
Only had one problem, changing strings every other day cos i play it that much!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had a Jem 555Bk before this guitar, and this one is so much better in every respect. I would consider buying this guitar if it were stolen, but might consider looking at buying a Jem 10, used of course. I love the way this guitar looks and sounds. The worst aspect is the fact you have to be so careful not to scratch it. If you can afford the money, it's a guitar you have to get.
Price: $1600.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Long and McQuade
This guitar is made in Japan. The body is made of alder, and the fretboard is made of ebony. There are twenty four frets, and six strings. It has one volume switch and tone switch. There are three pickups, two of them being Evolution humbuckers, and the other one a single coil. The body style is double cutaway, and there are locking tuners.
The action on this guitar is amazing ( I like it low). The neck is very thin, which makes playing easier. The neck blows away all other guitars I've played because it's so thin and yet broad enough for your fingers to play as fast as you can. This guitar is perfect, except for the annoying fact that the gold plating rubs off a little on the floyd rose.
I mainly use this guitar for eighties rock and metal, yet it can be used for blues just as easily because the sound is full and not tinny like strats. I haven't heard a guitar that sounds as good as it yet.
Never had a problem with the guitar. It stays in tune really well, even when you use the whammy bar a lot. I've only had to adjust the intonation once so far. I am worried about scratching it because it just looks too good .