Ibanez Steve Vai JEM Junior Electric Guitar

Explore new dimensions of shred on the affordably priced JEM Junior's super-slim Wizard III neck, double-locking tremolo and Quantum HSH pickups.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Mahogany body Rich, warm, focused sound; added sustain
Wizard III neck Super-fast fretting and maximum comfort
Ibanez Quantum pickups High-output tone with high-end articulation
Jumbo frets Makes bending strings easier

The Ibanez Steve Vai JEM Junior electric guitar delivers to a broader fan base the iconic look, feel, and all-around style of the legendary JEM axe that Steve and Ibanez forged when they joined forces back in the late '80s. A warm resonating mahogany body houses two Quantum humbuckers and a Quantum single-coil pickup in the middle, and a silky smooth Wizard II maple neck boasts an elegant Tree of Life fingerboard inlay under 24 frets of addicting playability. If you want to push your fingers to the max in classic Steve Vai style, this is the axe for you.

Iconic JEM Body Shape

Steve Vai began designing guitars with Ibanez back in '87 when the duo released the first Ibanez JEM. The JEM series axes were greatly influenced by the "Superstrat" style of the early '80s. Your JEM Junior features a sleek double cutaway to give your hand easy access to those ear-piercing higher frets, and the slick and comfortably shaped mahogany body harnesses a warm and dark resonance that pushes the lows and mids nicely.

Lightning-Fast Wizard II Neck

The Wizard II neck is the appendage your fingers have been waiting for if they're hungry for some serious speed. All 24 frets yield an incredibly addicting and effortless playability no matter how high or low you play. The jatoba fingerboard features a stylish Tree of Life design that stretches all the way up to the Quantum humbucker in the neck position.

Troves of Tone from Quantum Pickups

Your Steve Vai JEM Junior electric axe features read more two Quantum humbuckers and a Quantum single-coil pickup in the middle position. All three of these baddies fuel a hot and precise output ideal for the shredding enthusiast. The pickup selector blade features five settings -- neck humbucker only, neck as single-coil and middle single-coil, middle single-coil only, middle single-coil and bridge as single-coil, and bridge humbucker only. You'll never get bored with the heavy load of versatile tone this axe can produce.

Double-Locked and Ready to Rock

Your JEM Junior's double locking bridge/tremolo system allows you to bend your strings to their limits or dive them as low as possible without losing any intonation throughout your set. Get your strings tuned up, lock the screws at the nut, then make your fine-tune adjustments with the screws at the bridge. After that, you'll be ready to shred 'til your fingers ache.


- Steve Vai signature electric guitar
- Iconic JEM body shape
- Warm sounding mahogany body
- Maple "Wizard III" neck
- Smooth jatoba fingerboard
- 24 frets
- Scale length of 25.5"
- Attractive Tree of Life fingerboard inlay
- Locking nut
- Quantum humbucker at the neck -- passive with ceramic magnet
- Quantu single-coil pickup in the middle -- active with alnico magnet
- Quantum humbucker at the bridge -- passive with ceramic magnet
- One master volume control
- One tone control
- Five-setting pickup selector switch
- Secure double locking bridge
- Cosmo black tuners
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- Neck type: Wizard Maple neck
- Body: Mahogany body
- Fretboard: Jatoba fretboard w/Tree of Life inlay
- Fret: Jumbo frets
- Bridge: Std. DL tremolo bridge
- Neck pickup: Quantum (H) neck pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
- Middle pickup: Quantum (S) mid pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
- Bridge pickup: Quantum (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
- Hardware color: Cosmo black


Scale 648mm/25.5"
a : Width at Nut 43mm
b : Width at Last Fret 58mm
c : Thickness at 1st 19mm
d : Thickness at 12th 21mm
Radius 400mmR
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 9.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 17 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): JEMJRBK
Shipping Weight: 10.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 18 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): JEMJRWH

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-669-8262

Ibanez Steve Vai JEM Junior Guitar

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 JEM's 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.

The Ibanez Steve Vai JEMJR is ready to rock!


- Maple "Wizard III" neck
- Mahogany body
- Jatoba fingerboard
- Tree of Life inlay
- Jumbo frets
- Quantum (H) neck pickup
- Quantum (S) middle pickup
- Quantum (H) bridge pickup
- Std. DL bridge
- Cosmo Black Hardware

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (15 ratings)
Submitted July 13, 2016 by Manabu G in Anaheim, CA
"Best guitar for the money, period."
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
Great guitar! The neck on the Jem Jr. (25.5 neck) is fast and really nice… not the single body but the Jem Jr. being a bolt-on, you really never feel it because they shaped the area by rounding out the edges. I got the ESP LTD EC-401 Charcoal and returned it to zZounds because the square parts where the neck meets the body got in my way… amongst other issues. I returned it and got the Schecter S-II Platinum Satin Silver SG (24.75 neck w/EMGs). Between the Jem Jr. and the Schecter, I’m all set to play Metallica, Iron Maiden, Dio, Priest, Randy! The weight of Jem Jr. is perfect! Not too heavy and not too light. Definitely lighter than a Strat! Neck has no fret buzz while soloing. The beautiful inlays take getting used to… but you WILL get used to it, lol. The bigger “leaf” inlay are the true markers. The signature handle really comes in handy! Very well balanced… but I had to tune up the tremolo. It was sticking up about 1/2”!!! WTH? Lol. So I lowered it to the body and now, it stays in tune for a long time and low action. Make sure you use a cork under the fine tuners to it don’t jam against the wood! The fine tuners need a little dab (I mean very very little) of oil once in a while but still all good. Only gripe is the way you plug the cord in… from the upside, you plug in downward. Weird. Good for playing gigs. But you cannot find a better guitar for this price point!
Musical Background:
Jam at home for many years (1984) but seriously playing for the last 2.
Musical Style:
Metallica, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Dio, Ozzy/Randy.
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