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Ibanez Steve Vai JEM Junior SP Electric Guitar

Ibanez Steve Vai JEM Junior SP Electric Guitar

The Ibanez JEM Junior SP has all the hallmarks of Vai's signature model: monkey grip, lion's claw tremolo cavity and tree of life inlay on its fretboard.

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Submitted January 22, 2021 by a customer from comcast.net
"Great guitar but not for beginners"
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If you’ve ever dreamed of owning an Ibanez JEM but, like me, couldn’t afford one or trust that it was authentic, your dream has come true and you will NOT be disappointed. I can not believe what Ibanez has pulled off here for $500.Visually, pictures can’t do it justice. There’s neon pink. And then there’s this...beautiful glowing pink. It will steal all the attention in any room. Ebony would have been better as the jatoba fretboard looks a little odd with the pink and black color scheme. But that is merely an aesthetic preference. Mine did have the usual thin or missing paint in the neck joint holes as well as some messy Routing around the lion claw bridge area. Nothing perfect about it but doesn’t detract from playability and you really have to look to find these defects. As for playability, the neck is brilliant! The pickups with the 5-way selector provide an incredible variation in tonality. You can get smooth jazz, country twang, crystal clear clean tones and a very shred-tastic overdriven lead tone. The pickups do seem to lack a bit of note articulation when playing low/mids with heavy distortion but the high notes sing loud and clear.Out of the box, this guitar provided some challenges and this would be why I wouldn’t recommend it for a newer guitarist. I found myself quickly losing patience with the Ibanez tremolo system as the tuning stability is not on par with another well known floating trem system out there. Tuning and retuning this guitar has garnered more than its fair share of foul language and insults from me. I have 4 other instruments with branded floating systems and have never had this much challenge. I also had to add quite a bit of relief and raise the action higher than I’d prefer to overcome an obnoxious fret buzz. Intonation is fine so no change to setup there. Low marks for ease of use. As an experienced player and moderately skilled tech, I was frustrated with the guitar. You will need to put in some work or pay for professional setup to enjoy this guitar right away.Overall, once you overcome the out of the box struggles, this is a fantastic guitar. It’s every bit as awesome as I had dreamed owning a JEM would be. This instrument is quite literally, inspiration in a box. There’s so much mystique and history in the design of this guitar and hopefully the super affordable JEM JR brings that inspiration to so many more guitarists out there!
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Submitted February 16, 2019 by Lawrence Smith in FROSTBURG, MD
"Bought this guitar for my daughter"
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Got this for my daughter as her first real Guitar. Unlike the $2000.00 Jem, the inlays are plastic and not the mother of pearl, the Pups are basic stock pups and the bridge leaves something to be desired but with that said this is a base model guitar and therefore will not have the best of everything. With that said its a good entry level with the ability to upgrade as she gets better at playing. Overall the guitar is a good buy for the money and if she decides she doesn't want to play well then daddy got a highly upgradeable guitar to add to the other 2 Ibanez's he already has ;-)
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Play guitar for 30 years
Musical Style:
Thrash/Death Metal, Blues, Hard Rock, Funk
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Submitted June 1, 2020 by toommy williams in N FT MYERS, FL
"loved it"
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this guitar is great - sounds like a killer rock guitar should - its striking - i ditched the tone and vol black knobs for slime green ones like steves - that really makes it pop - but yea its incredible - thx zz for the payment plan too -
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rock -metal
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Submitted November 27, 2018 by Ryan T in Tucson, AZ
"Great looking guitar"
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I have the white one. I bought it used cause I just didn't think the vine inlays, monkey grip and lion claw was worth the 150-200 dollar mark up. Since essentially this is just a RG 450DX. However, what I love is this guitar is so easy to customize. Real Floyd fits perfectly. So installed a real floyd, installed a full set of Dimarzio pups and now the thing looks and sounds like a 2k-3k Jem. But if you don't want to upgrade or can't do your work, this is still a great guitar. I don't care to much for the "DL" trems these lower priced Ibanez guitars have gone to. The pups are decent for stock. I plan on buying the full collection, just hoping they release the lochness green w/ the pyramid inlays on maple fretboard this next year.
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Been playing guitar since 82, doing tech work on guitars for past 12 years
Musical Style:
Rock, metal, blues, jazz
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Submitted April 16, 2019 by Dylan Thiebeau in Vero Beach, FL
"A few things to know about the Jem Jr."
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zZounds is great and shipped this guitar timely as always. This is a review about the guitar and not the retailer. This guitar is something you buy for the looks, but for 500 dollars I was hoping it would be at least like a similarly priced RG in terms of electronics and hardware.The pickups leave a lot to be desired. Of course most of us are going to swap them out with evolutions anyway, but the inf1 and inf2 are just lifeless. You will want to change them out if you want any sustain at all.The bridge was also a disappointment, its just silly cheap, has a wildly thin block, and the tremolo arm is so far off the body its ridiculous, and the arms height is not adjustable so youre just stuck with this goofy trem arm that you could fly an airplane under.Heres my biggest gripe though - i bought it knowing id probably want to swap out the pickups and bridge because it looked like a jem and has the vine inlay and whatnot - well the fretboard is such a LIGHT brown that you honestly can hardly see the vine inlay unless you're in the right lighting because the contrast between the white and light brown isnt very much. I have two other guitars that have of these "jatoba" fretboards and man this thing is practically maple compared to them. So what you get even if you plan on hot rodding it and sinking 300 dollars in pickups and hardware into it.. is a guitar that still doesnt actually look like a Jem.
Musical Background:
Full time musician for 15 years
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Submitted March 10, 2019 by Rickey B in Seaside, CA
"Jem Jr"
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Great looking but plays kinda rough. Had to send it back due to defective issues. Not sure I want it replaced? The strings grind when you bend a note. A little polishing of the frets would be a nice touch. I guess you get what you paid for...
Musical Background:
30 years of playing
Musical Style:
Rock
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