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SOLD Unbelievable Brand New Ibanez Jem 25th Anniversary Ibanez Jem EVO “The Legend” 2012 + New Hard-case + All Tools + Tremolo Arm + Certificate Of Authenticity + Silver Anniversary Strap + Signed By Steve Vai + Original Shipping Carton +
This is one for the ultimate collector who wants the absolute best condition Jems available and this is a one time chance to grab one of these limited edition models, only 100 exist in the world and we hasten to bet that there are only a few in this condition. This guitar represents and incredible instrument or investment in the future thats far cooler than any bank account! We only took this out of the case to take pictures and is now stored in its original box. An incredible find and an honour to list on our store.
But in case you were wondering about the incredible history of this guitar, read on…..
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“The Legend” Brand New Ibanez Jem 25th Ann Ibanez Jem EVO
Brand new in original box. Protective cellophane still on the certificate of authenticity. An untouched example of a most incredible relic guitar with a huge story
Condition: Fit and Finish
Prefect, in its unperfect ness. Its impossible to get better than this one. No signs of actual playing wear, no fret wear, Factory Sugi set up (which will not be adjusted unless specifically requested) with a nice low action across the entire radius of the fretboard and a new set of strings ready to rock. Please take a look at the incredible HD pictures on here to confirm the condition for yourself.
Fret Life/Fretboard - This guitar has had very no use. Therefore there is no signs of fret-ware on this instrument.
Tremolo - Brand New, no blemishing and no pitting on the tremolo unit
Neck - Original Neck Straight as an arrow with an incredible feel and grain. No cracks or wood problems. We were shocked at just how incredible the feel of this neck was.
Electronics - As you would expect in a new instrument, there are no issues with electronics. Sounds like a dream!
Body work- No signs outside of the intentional relic marks that this has been played.
Case - This guitar comes with the original Case in new condition. No marks from storage, a perfect end to the perfect conditioned collectors guitar
“EVO”- the most beloved instrument of guitar icon, Steve Vai. Commemorating 25 years of his signature guitar, the JEM, we proudly introduce the JEM-EVO, a real masterpiece made possible by the highest Japanese craftsmanship. Instead of just modifying a regular production model, all of the components of the JEM-EVO; body, neck, everything- has been made from scratch specifically for this commemorative model.
“To this day, whenever I see her, my heart goes pitter-patter. Regardless of what is going on in my life, highs or lows, Evo is always a tender sanctuary.” - Steve Vai
This project began with mapping all of the scratches and dents of the actual “EVO”. Steve feels that each nick and scratch in EVO “add character and tell stories,” so every single one of them is important and has been re-created by hand. All the dents on the body, belt buckle wear, and scratches around the input jack, are all there, just like EVO. The original EVO has unfortunately developed body cracks at the neck joint after being Steve’s main guitar for over 20 years, both on tour and in the studio. In order to preserve durability and function, these body cracks have only been aesthetically recreated on the JEM-EVO, retaining the look of the original EVO while avoiding the actual cracks that EVO has.
The neck has been made based on Steve’s EVO. All of the shapes and dimensions (and even the serial number on the back of the headstock) are exactly the same. The smoothness of the EVO neck is nothing short of amazing. Due to Steve’s wild signature moves on stage, EVO has been forced to experience various repairs and surgeries from time to time, and the JEM-EVO faithfully recreates this look. The current EVO neck was installed in 1997, when the previous one was broken during a show in Melbourne, Australia. This is why the headstock doesn’t seem to have as many marks and chips as the body features.
I'm afraid at how much I love her but I know that she is only on loan to me for a short time and will one day be dust. But for now, there's still quite a bit we have to say together” - Steve Vai
JEM-EVO features DiMarzio® Evolution ® pickups, the same pickups as in the regular production JEM models- with some twists, however. The neck pickup on JEM-EVO (and Steve’s own EVO) is actually one normally mounted in the bridge position. To fit the polarity, it is mounted upside down.
Other features include a tremolo cavity plate fastened to the body with Velcro, gaffer’s tape on the sides of the neck pickup to prevent the strings from getting caught underneath the pickup, the original Edge tremolo, the Back Stop which supports the tremolo system and something that Steve prefers on all of his guitars, a pick holder on the side of the headstock, the “name tag” on the side of the body, and a wrench holder on the back of the headstock… just to name a few.
The final touch has been added by Mr. Vai himself - his autograph on the back of the body, in the same location where Steve’s own EVO was autographed by the late Les Paul in 1995, when Steve attended Mr. Paul’s birthday party.
JEM-EVO is installed with a chrome leather DiMarzio ® ClipLock ® strap, which is currently discontinued, but have been specially reproduced for this project and unavailable anywhere else.
Also included is a Certificate of Authenticity with Steve’s signature.
Only 100 JEM-EVO guitars have been produced.
Here’s your own chance to add to the history of EVO.
A message from Steve Vai
“I wanted to design a Jem that had a classic look to it. We experimented with some color combinations and I decided on a white guitar with gold hardware. Ibanez had sent me 4 of them when they were available. They were production models with absolutely no modifications. I couldn't even tell them apart. I started to play them all to get a feel for the one I wanted to make my main ax.
Guitars are like snowflakes in that it seems like there are no two that are exactly alike. Each of those 4 guitars had a slightly different feel and sound. None were better than the other just a little different.
At the same time, I was also working with DiMarzio designing a new pickup. There were four that we experimented with and each was named after a Harley Davidson engine style. They were the Flathead, Knucklehead, Panhead and Evolution. The one I liked the most was the Evolution, so DiMarzio put them into production and they are still available.
The reason I liked the Evolution pickup was that it had a hot output, smooth yet cutting top end and tight bottom end. I had them put in one of the new white Jems and to tell the guitars apart I had to write something on them. That's how Evo got her name. Another one at the time was Flo. The way I got her name will remain a secret for a while.
There was something about Evo that I responded to. Even though she was technically exactly like every other production model guitar, there was something about her touch and sound that moved me. To this day, whenever I see her, my heart goes pitter-patter. Regardless of what is going on in my life, highs or lows, Evo is always a tender sanctuary. The feeling I get when I see her or approach her is akin to a warm home where you feel safe and secure, maybe even around the holiday season - you get the picture.
I started playing her before the Sex And Religion recordings and she has been my main ax since. The only time I use another guitar is if I'm looking for a sound that Evo can't deliver. Flo received a Fernandes sustainer and these days I have been using her more often for two reasons: I have been using the sustainer, and poor Evo is coming to pieces. Read the descriptions and look at the pictures! I did not want to put a sustainer in Evo because it really changes the sound.
I have several backups for Evo and Flo that I use and take on tour. The original Evo II was given to Charlie Bolis. He is a cool guy that is one of my studio techs.
Although Evo is just made out of wire and wood, I'm afraid of how much emotional investment I have in her. I think when you play an instrument long enough it becomes an extension of yourself in ways that run deeper than anyone may understand but you. It moulds and shapes to your body and style or you mould and shape to it. It is the tool an artist uses to express his or her deepest emotional expressions and secrets. For me, Evo has been the voice of my heart and has seen the depth of my most depressed emotional frames of mind to my most euphoric moments of joy and divine love, and she usually gets the brunt of it all. I have cried, screamed, prayed and bled through that instrument, and like I said, although she is only wire and wood, there is an emotional investment in her. I'm afraid at how much I love her but I know that she is only on loan to me for a short time and will one day be dust. But for now, there's still quite a bit we have to say together”
But if requested and If the asking price is achieved you can get a complete and customary set up by myself. I will put this guitar through my set up process which is quite a lengthy procedure, a summary of the process is below.
- String stretch and seating procedure
- Tuning of the floating tremolo
- Tremolo angle adjustment
- Action height adjustments
- Truss rod alignment
- Pick-up heights adjusted
- Intonation check an adjustment
- Lem Oil treatment of fretboard
- Brand new strings added set to 9 Gauge
- Clean and polish of body
- Fast fret Added to strings
All of the above ensures that when you receive this guitar you will have a truly exceptional instrument and be able to take this straight out of the box and enjoy one of the best playing Ibanez Jems available
Your guitar will go through the following process regardless of international or domestic shipping. I am happy to ship to anywhere in the world and have experience shipping to most international destinations.
All guitars are wrapped to the highest standard, inside the case the guitar will be bubble wrapped and any accessories individually packaged inside the case. Nothing loose will be left in the case. The guitar is then wrapped a total of 3 times in bubble wrap before a strong brown paper incases the the whole guitar.
IBANEZ JEM 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIFICATIONS
Body Neck Electronics
Neck:1pc JEM-EVO Maple neck
Frets:Jim Dunlop® #6100 frets
Bridge:Edge tremolo bridge
HW color:Cosmo Black
Strings:.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/0.42 (D'Addario EXL120)
Included:Flight Case, Certificate of Authenticity (signed by Mr. Vai)Scale:648mm/25.5"
Width at Nut:43.0mm
Width at Last Fret:56.0mm
Thickness at 1st:17.7mm
Thickness at 12th:19.3mm
Inlay:Tree of Life
Name:DiMarzio® Evolution® for Bridge
Name:DiMarzio® Evolution® for Bridge