Steve Vai is one of the revered few on that short list of players who have changed the way we all think about what a guitar can really do. His signature Ibanez guitars are no different: iconic, sublim... Click To Read More About This Product
Steve Vai is one of the revered few on that short list of players who have changed the way we all think about what a guitar can really do. His signature Ibanez guitars are no different: iconic, sublime, awe-inspiring, and outrageous. The Ibanez JEM/UV Series is a spectacular instrument that features a contoured basswood body and a 5-piece maple and walnut bolt-on neck that provides easy access to all registers. A 24-fret rosewood fretboard is adorned with a colorful "Tree of Life" pattern inlay and has the high-speed JEM Prestige profile that gives Steve Vai the playability he needs. The JEM/UV sports chrome hardware and includes Steve's "Monkey Grip" handle cut on the body.
The JEM/UV is loaded with a DiMarzio Evolution DP158 humbucker in the neck position, a DiMarzio Evolution DPS1 single-coil in the middle position, and a DiMarzio Evo2 DP159 in the bridge position. This pickup combination features ceramic magnets and generates a wide sound variety of great tones needed for modern rock. The Evolution DP158 pickup was designed for Steve Vai and is fat, punchy, and loud. The DiMarzio Evolution DPS1 single-coil has a bright, clean tone. The DiMarzio Evo2 DP159 is tight, aggressive, and even louder. It produces a wide range of overtones. Ibanez's split-5 wiring provides incredible tonal versatility. Controls include a master volume and tone.
The acclaimed Edge tremolo features knife-edge-like pivot surfaces for virtually friction free operation. Locking studs contribute to tuning stability. The low-profile design of the Edge tremolo includes fine tuners conveniently angled back to prevent right hand touches. Ibanez's Lion's Claw tremolo cavity allows pitches to be radically raised or lowered.
Hardshell case included.
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Comments about Ibanez JEM/UV Steve Vai Signature Electric Guitar:
I started reading reviews of this guitar only after I ordered it, and I was more and more skeptical of what I was going to receive. I was supposed to have major quality issues but when I opened the case I was very surprised. My guitar was in great condition, the only thing that matched the unfavorable reviews was the finish inside the jack hole. It was a bit lumpy up around the actual jack, you can only see it of you look directly in, from any other angle it looks fine. Mine came with the action a little high, after adjusting the bridge height posts and adjusting the tremolo springs a little tighter the string height is perfect. The only minor complaint I have is the screws that hold the neck to the body weren?t tight enough to prevent the bass strings from pulling the neck out of square with the body center position. I gently pulled the neck back to square and tightened the neck screws and have had no issues since. The case is very nice, has a ton of storage. I have an RG 550 that I put EVO pickups in (the same pickups as this guitar), and these sound better. They are absolutely dynamic and pick up minute subtleties very well. These pickups are on the bright side and do not give much in the way of low end grunt. The edge (not edge pro) tremolo stays in tune very well (after you stretch your strings). Overall I am very satisfied with my purchase, this is not the Japanese made JEM and I didn?t expect the same guitar, however, it very very close. For the price, I would put it against an EVH Wolfgang Special, Fender Strat, Fender Tele, or Gibson SG, Gibson Flying V, Gibson Les Paul Studio ( all comparable in price).