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Ibanez JEMJR Steve Vai Signature JEM Series Electric Guitar White

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When Steve Vai teamed up with Ibanez in 1987, little did he realize what a lasting impact his signature model guitar would have. Today, the JEM is an iconic instrument immediately identified with the ... Read More

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When Steve Vai teamed up with Ibanez in 1987, little did he realize what a lasting impact his signature model guitar would have. Today, the JEM is an iconic instrument immediately identified with the legendary guitarist. Famous for its distinctive look and innovative design, time has seen this popular, upscale guitar become the most counterfeited model in the world.

In an effort to make the JEM available to a broader fan base, Ibanez has released the JEMJR, providing more affordable access to the magic that is the JEM. Featuring a mahogany body attached to a Wizard III neck, the JEMJR offers many of the JEMs distinguishing characteristics; the H/S/H pickup configuration, the Tree of Life inlay, a double locking tremolo system, and, of course, the famous Monkey grip and Lion's Claw tremolo cavity. Case sold separately.

Features
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck type: Wizard III Maple neck
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Fretboard Inlay: Tree of Life
  • Frets: Jumbo
  • Fretboard radius: 400mm (15.75")
  • Scale Length: 648mm (25.5")
  • Neck Width at Nut: 43mm (1.7")
  • Neck Width at Last Fret: 58mm (2.3")
  • Neck Thickness at 1st Fret: 19mm (0.75")
  • Neck Thickness at 12th Fret: 21mm (0.82")
  • Bridge: Standard Ibanez Double Locking Tremolo System
  • Pickup configuration: HSH
  • Neck Pickup: Quantum Neck Humbucker (Passive/Ceramic)
  • Middle Pickup:Quantum single-coil mid pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
  • Bridge Pickup: Quantum Bridge Humbucker (Passive/Ceramic)
  • Hardware Color: Cosmo black
  • Other Features: Monkey Grip, Lion's Claw tremolo cavity
  • Case: Sold Separately
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IbanezJEMJR Steve Vai Signature JEM Series Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An Absolute Stunner!

Another winner from Ibanez. Let me give my major criticism first. The action on this guitar at the store sucked. But when I checked the neck curve it was good.The frets were level...Read complete review

Another winner from Ibanez. Let me give my major criticism first. The action on this guitar at the store sucked. But when I checked the neck curve it was good.The frets were level AND the fret ends were dressed. The Wizard 3 neck profile is perfect modern technique (shredding). The H-S-H pickup configuration is versatile. The tone and response of the pickups are good. No they are not Dimazio, but they work well in this guitar. The full humbucking positions are not that much louder than the other settings.The vibrato system is smooth and stays in tune. The guitar looks fantastic. The inlay corresponds to regular fret markings. All things considered, this guitar is a fantastic buy at this price. This guitar blows away others that cost twice as much. I gave this guitar 5 stars because of the features at this price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Does Not Meet Expectations

READ FOR YOUR OWN GOOD: The day I bought this beautiful was on my birthday in late May. I took it home immediately, tuned it, and then started playing it. The pickups...Read complete review

READ FOR YOUR OWN GOOD: The day I bought this beautiful was on my birthday in late May. I took it home immediately, tuned it, and then started playing it. The pickups on the guitar were extremely bright, and didn't match my tone or style of playing at all. At the time, I figured it was the amp tone I was using. But over time, after trying many different tone setups I realized that The pickups sounded like garbage. Also the guitar would not stay in tune, even with the double locking tremolo and also had fret buzz. I found temporary solutions to these problems but they kept coming back. At the time of writing this, I have had the JEM for a month, and more problems keep developing. For example, the hole where the tremolo arm is placed keeps becoming loose and wobbly, no matter how many times I tighten it. I and most other people would have high expectations for a Steve Vai, or anyother signature edition guitar, and this thing turned out to be trash. I highly recommend not buying this guitar and instead, if you can afford it, buy an EVH Wolfgang Standard. It is a much higher quality instrument, and sounds a lot better. I am definitely returning my JEM ASAP, and hopefully finding a better guitar.

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5.0

What are you waiting for.

By Dave

from Australia

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Ibanez JEMJR Steve Vai Signature JEM Series Electric Guitar:

    this is one hell of a guitar for the price. I'm 50 years old and own a lot of high end guitars and this one is right up there with them. I have owned 2 1990,s jem and if I was blindfolded I couldn't tell them apart from this one. playability is unreal the wizard iii neck feels just perfect, the trem is great and pickups wont need changing anytime soon.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    It's not junior for it size... but for its quality

    By .

    from .

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Looks Like a Jem

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Decoration

    Comments about Ibanez JEMJR Steve Vai Signature JEM Series Electric Guitar:

    I went to my local guitar center today hoping to buy this cause I'm a Steve Vai enthusiast and thought it would be a great guitar to buy. When I picked it up (even before playing it) I could tell it was a cheap quality guitar. The neck looked and felt like a knock off squire. I decided to plug it into an amp cause I still wanted to believe there was good in it. The pickups sounded beyond awful and the tremelo system didn't even stay in tune when I did a quick whammy bar trick. As I went to put it down I said to myself "For the love of god" in despair. This guitar is dolled up with tree of life inlays and a monkey grip but when you go to play it, it's not what you'd expect at all. Not Steve's fault though.... Still love ya!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Heavens to Betsy!

    By Matt from Shotgun Lullaby

    from Westminster, CO

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Monster trem
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Regular gigging
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Ibanez JEMJR Steve Vai Signature JEM Series Electric Guitar:

      I've made a few guitar purchases from GC over the past few months. All have been smart, inexpensive choices that have not let me down--a Fender Modern Player Tele, a Music Man Sterling Sub AX4, and this marvel.

      While the other two are terrific instruments by any standard, and a gas to play, there is something about the JEM Jr. that makes it feel like MY guitar. How I could have made it to almost 50 years old without stumbling on a guitar like this earlier I have no idea.

      Firstly, it looks gorgeous. It's not as ostentatious as its more expensive daddy, but the neck inlay is stunning, and the black chrome hardware offers a nice visual contrast to the white paint job, pickups and pickguard.

      Secondly, it sounds great. I realize these aren't the DiMarzio pickups that come on the high-end JEM, but they still sound good. I may decide to switch them out for the ones found in the more expensive model, but if I don't, they still do the job nicely.

      Thirdly. The body and neck feel like sex......stays in tune, too...

       
      5.0

      Excelent treat! The guitar is amazing !

      By Rockstar-

      from Browsnville

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Pick Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ibanez JEMJR Steve Vai Signature JEM Series Electric Guitar:

          The product is amazing!

           
          5.0

          Worth the gamble

          By Llama Larry

          from Fargo, ND

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ibanez JEMJR Steve Vai Signature JEM Series Electric Guitar:

              Only needed slight adjustments right out of the box. Very playable and love the inlay.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very Awesome

              By Michigan Rick

              from Lambertville, Mi

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Action is a little high on the bridge end

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Learning
              • Practicing

              Comments about Ibanez JEMJR Steve Vai Signature JEM Series Electric Guitar:

              I'm a 45 year old beginner. I always wanted to learn how to play. With twin daughters on their way to college and a younger daughter who just got her drivers license, I decided now is the time. After watching thousands of reviews, reading everything I could find about guitar companies, and visiting a handful of stores, I decided that the Ibanez Jem Jr was going to be my choice. I didn't want an entry level guitar because they can be harder to play, and my not sound as good. I couldn't spend thousands either or my wife would kill me. Since getting the guitar a week ago, I've logged double digit hours on it. It is so easy to play and the sound is awesome.
              The guitar was shipped with loose nut locks and the tension off of the strings. After tuning, then stretching, tuning then stretching, about 10 times, I've finally got the guitar to stay in tune. Now, I can go completely Vai on the trem system and it stays in tune. I think the only way I could be happier is if I got the full Jem. However, at 1/4 the cost... This guitar is a total Jem!

              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Does Not Meet Expectations

              By A Person Trying To Help You

              from Atlanta, Ga

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • 24 Frets
              • Fun To Play

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz
              • Poor Pick Up
              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
              • Won't Stay In Tune

              Best Uses

              • Not Buying

              Comments about Ibanez JEMJR Steve Vai Signature JEM Series Electric Guitar:

              READ FOR YOUR OWN GOOD: The day I bought this beautiful was on my birthday in late May. I took it home immediately, tuned it, and then started playing it. The pickups on the guitar were extremely bright, and didn't match my tone or style of playing at all. At the time, I figured it was the amp tone I was using. But over time, after trying many different tone setups I realized that The pickups sounded like garbage. Also the guitar would not stay in tune, even with the double locking tremolo and also had fret buzz. I found temporary solutions to these problems but they kept coming back. At the time of writing this, I have had the JEM for a month, and more problems keep developing. For example, the hole where the tremolo arm is placed keeps becoming loose and wobbly, no matter how many times I tighten it. I and most other people would have high expectations for a Steve Vai, or anyother signature edition guitar, and this thing turned out to be trash. I highly recommend not buying this guitar and instead, if you can afford it, buy an EVH Wolfgang Standard. It is a much higher quality instrument, and sounds a lot better. I am definitely returning my JEM ASAP, and hopefully finding a better guitar.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Not bad

              By Van

              from Austin tx

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Ibanez JEMJR Steve Vai Signature JEM Series Electric Guitar:

              Not a bad guitar. I've owned alot of ibanez guitars at this price point and slightly above and this is the first one i've encountered with 4 high frets that are producing some serious buzz. Also see a couple flaws in the paint where it looks like it pooled up. But i guess that's about what'd you'd expect at this price level these days. The old 80's ibanez that I got back in the day at this point never had these issues. Overall though a very nice guitar and a nice alternative to the full on Jem for those that don't want to shell out multiple thousands.

              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              yes

              By none

              from WildwoodFl.

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz
              • needs neck adjustment

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Ibanez JEMJR Steve Vai Signature JEM Series Electric Guitar:

              did not get any manual tools or warrantycard needs a setup

              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              AWESOME

              By Lord tickle dicks

              from Stl MO

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Resonant
              • Solid Build
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Set Up Very Involved

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Ibanez JEMJR Steve Vai Signature JEM Series Electric Guitar:

              Love it. Cheap guitar that doesn't play like one. Buy this guitar, at first its a hassle setting up, but once you've got the hang of it its a dream come true. Buy fast fret

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