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Ibanez JEM77V Steve Vai Signature Electric Guitar

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Featuring a contoured body with 24-fret Prestige neck, the JEM77V Steve Vai Signature provides easy access to all registers. The guitar has deep rout...Click To Read More About This Product

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A formidable array of technical features specified by guitar wizard Steve Vai!

Featuring a contoured body with 24-fret Prestige neck, the JEM77V Steve Vai Signature provides easy access to all registers. The guitar has deep routed tremolo cavities that allow pitches to be radically lowered and raised. Vai's choice of specific DiMarzio® pickups for each model combined with Ibanez Split-5 wiring provides incredible tonal versatility.

  • Neck: 5pc JEM Prestige neck
  • NeckType: JEM Prestige
  • Body: Basswood body
  • Frets: 24
  • Fret type: 6105 frets ((tall, narrow)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Inlay: Pearl/ Abalone Vine
  • Bridge: Edge Pro bridge
  • NeckPU: DiMarzio Breed(H) neck pu
  • BridgePU: DiMarzio Breed(S) mid pu
  • MiddlePU: DiMarzio Breed(H) bridge pu
  • HWcolor: CH

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Ibanez Jem77v-Best Guitar I Own

By David Trolson

from Logan, Utah

This instrument is simply inspiring! The Dimarzio's really breathe life into an Ibanez and give it superior tonal character. I really like the Breed's for their darker more rounded tone compared to the Evolutions and the fretboard is divinely gorgeous. This is the best instrument I own and I have 9 guitars now including my next favorite, an Ibanez RG520 with Dimarzios, Schecter Damien Elite-7, Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus, Fender Stratocaster, and so on...

I would highly recommend getting it properly setup by someone who really knows how to set this guitar up to your preferences and squeeze out every bit of potential this guitar has to offer (hopefully this is you). Do not attempt yourself unless you are confident and willing to accept responsibility for your decisions or mistakes. There are several good internet sources dedicated to the jem guitars that can provide you with good information, but there are significant risks you may encounter. However, I find the biggest risk to be taking a guitar like this to just any so called guitar tech. If they aren't intimately experienced with a free floating tremolo don't even bother wasting your money, you will most surely be dissapointed with the results. I would also look at the screwdrivers (and other tools) they use and if the screws don't look absolutely sharp and untouched after they make adjustments (on other guitars of course) then don't expect a quality setup from them either. For these reasons, I do everything myself.

Also, if you are wondering why a guitar this price isn't already setup or performing to it's "maximum potential" I believe it is due to varying personal taste, competetive price index, market factors such as a player's technique or lack thereof and it's relation to general product perception, and manufacturing standardizability (...say,what?). I believe Ibanez leaves a large margin of potential in setup, but for good reason from a marketing and manufacturing perspective. How could you possibly do any better?
Extremely versatile and good looking. Gotoh tuners, Dimarzio pickups, Ibanez Edge series tremolos (wait a minute these items should be in quality and value also)
Very consistent quality, reliable, well made, designed well, stays in tune extremely well even with severe whammy abuse, etc...
Pricey, but worth it. I would buy this guitar over again.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


a little trick.

By skip-the-lespaul.

from saint louis

here's what you have to do with a jem...swap out the middle single coil and pop in a seymour duncan hot rails and you'll have the lamborghini of metal guitars. i have the old desert yellow jem and to this day i have not found a guitar that matches it's playability or tone.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Just Awesome

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought this guitar after spending some time with my new 7Vwh. The necks on these guitars are beyond amazing. It plays exactly like me 7V,,,same I'm happy. Since I've been playing Ibanez, I have a hard time using anything else.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



By zakkwyldejr

from Long Island, NY

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I got this guitar, it came out in October, I was one of the first people to get one. It's amazing, the neck is so perfect, the body has an insane amount of sustain, great pick-ups, its sounds amazing clean and distorted. The mirrored pick guard does get dirty very easy but its really easy to clean.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Smoothest JEM yet

By JEMcollector7V

from USA

As a JEM owner, I will tell you the 7VWH with Evolution pickups gets quite harsh. The 7VWH is one of the brightest guitars I've ever played, and this is almost always inappropriate for electric guitar music. The Breed pickups are smoother yet still articulate. If you're in the market for a JEM, I'd try the smoother wood (basswood) and darker pickups of the 77V. Highly recommended.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent guitar...

By alexwongy

from Fargo, ND

After searching for a quality instrument that would meet my needs as a developing guitarist, I literally tried every guitar I could get my hands on. I tried a les paul, ES-335, 70's strat, tele, numerous jacksons, and some lower end ibanez rg's. Of all these instruments, I loved the slim, thin, fast necks of the Ibanez guitars, and decided to purchase one. Ironically, I had never played the JEM77V before I ordered it, but I was confident in its quality. When it arrived, I was blown away by how great of a guitar it was. Firstly, it is arguably the most beautiful instrument ever to grace my hands, and it plays like a dream. The factory action was nice and low, and hardly needed any adjustment. I was at first skeptical about the quality of the basswood body, but after playing it, I enjoyed it's excellent low and mid end response. It is also a very light guitar, and the handle makes me feel like Steve Vai himself. The only complaints I have is how hard the guitar is to tune, other than that, it stays in tune wonderfully. The edge pro bridge is also kind of confusing. The DiMarzio breeds could also be upgraded with duncans, evos, or even EMG's. Do yourself a favor and order one.


Best guitar ever

By Rick

from Hobbs NM

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I have owned over 20 different guitars from high endJacksons to a Gibson Les Paul, and this guitar does every thing you would ever want a guitar to do. It is the most versatile instrument a have ever laid myhands on. If you are a guitarist, and have the moneybuy this guitar. You will not regret it.



By umm...

from Bonney Lake, WA

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wow. I have a Carvin Bolt Plus, and when I walked into my local music store, I instantly loved this guitar the first time I saw it. Everything on the guitar is a callout for you to play it. I would DEFINATLY reccomend this guitar for the developing guitarist who wants a guitar that is well rounded.

(0 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


THIS THING BLOWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Rhoads Man

from W.V.

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I hate this guitar, it sucks!! I had a personal experiance with one and I hated it. It kept going out of tune, and the body style is terable!Who would put a cut out handle in the body of their insturment, its just so stupid.

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