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As New Ibanez Jem 505 White + Maple Fretboard + Japan Built + New Hardcase + Tremolo Arm + Tools + Tags
The 505 is a Jem made in Japan by Team J-Craft and has all the high end features of the Jem 7 range and represents the best value of any Jem ever created before being unceremoniously discontinued in 2011.
The Jem 505 includes all the best features of the 7vwh the absolute best Original EDGE Floyd Rose Tremolo System. The stud posts upon which the Edge pivots actually lock into the body to prevent movement, thus ensuring tuning stability, and the whole unit just feels very incredibly well balanced. It also has the high end and beautiful Ibanez Prestige 5 piece Maple neck with maple fretboard.
The JEM505 features a basswood body with the signature JEM monkey grip and lion's claw tremolo rout. The body is bolted using a sculpted all-access neck joint to a maple and walnut neck with a 24-fret maple fretboard with black dot position markers. additional features include the Ibanez pickups mounted in a pearloid pickguard with V7 and V8 humbuckers flanking a Quantum single-coil and Gotoh tuning machines.
If you want a high performing guitar without having to spend in the thousands, or the perfect gift for a Jem fanatic, this is your chance to enter the big leagues of the Jem!
Stunning As New Ibanez Jem 505 WH
The 505 represents the best features of the Ibanez Jem but at a price thats far more affordable and comes with a stunning Maple fretboard thats highly sought after. If you want the experience of the Jem without spending a fortune or if you want a guitar with all the high end features and playability that has made the Jem legendary that you can actually play on the road or in the studio without the worry of it being smashed then the 505 represents the absolute best value Jem ever created.
The Jem505 is just what many Jem lovers have been begging for – a Japanese-made, Edge-equipped, maple-fretboard Jem that won’t cause tensions in the home when you go to do the budget. Having owned and played many Jems and their sister instruments . It can be confidently said that the 505 plays like a Jem – hell, it even smells like a Jem – and it’s a heck of a lot of guitar for the price.
New condition and appears completely unplayed .The guitar was bought new by a collector and never used, locked away as a time capsule and has been stored at home. Get all the features of the most expensive Jems at a fraction of the price and start making some guitar history with this incredible guitar!
Condition: Fit and Finish
Its impossible to get better than this one. No signs of playing wear on the hardware. Please take a look at the HD pictures on here to confirm the condition for yourself.
Fret Life/Fretboard - This guitar has had no use, therefore there is no signs of fret-ware on this instrument.
Tremolo - Still with a fantastic finish gleaming EDGE tremolo system, no pitting on the tremolo unit. The Cosmo hardware is stunning!
Neck - Original Neck Straight as an arrow with an incredible feel and grain. No cracks or wood problems. Perfect finish
Electronics - As you would expect in a new instrument there are no issues with electronics. Sounds like a dream!
Body work- In great condition all round, shines and sparkles where it should. No scratches, No dents or bruising. No lacquer chips or dings on this!
Case - This guitar comes with the a lovely condition original Hard Case in brand new condition, minimal marks from storage only. Tremolo arm, Tags, tools all present
Please take a look at the Store Website for more high quality images from all angles!
If the asking price is achieved you will 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
I take shipping guitar very seriously and make sure it is bomb proof and all international shipping quotes come with £1000 worth of insurance for damage in transit. All are tracked and you will be issued a tracking number as soon as payment has been received and delivery arranged
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.
Please take a look at the sellmyjem Returns Policy for both international and domestic. Most Ibanez Jem sellers dont honor any returns at all but if you are not happy with your purchase then im happy to accept a return providing you conform to the returns policy of the website.
Every guitar we sell comes with the best customer experience and service I can provide. I know what its like to buy these guitars, what concerns go through peoples minds and how special they are. I keep everyone who buys a guitar up to date at all stages. Below are a select few of the recent reviews left by some new Jem owners and their experience on Sell My Jem. I’d also invite you to the testimonials page of the website if you haven't already taken a look.
The guitar arrived in perfect condition today. Although I will be in Italy for another week, I had my housekeeper Skype me here in Florence and we unboxed and inspected the guitar together. All is good. Thank you for packing the guitar so well. I appreciate it. I can't can't wait to get back home and plug her in.
Lanier Jem 777SK
"Hi Rex What can I say?
What an amazing guitar. I can't believe the condition its in after all these years. I sold mine many years ago to fund a Jem DNA and this is in even better nick than that one. Thank you for making the purchase effortless"
"I had been searching the internet for a decent used Jem for a while but was reluctant to purchase such an expensive guitar without seeing and playing it. The same with getting stuff off ebay without playing/seeing it….risky business!
I then came across sellmyjem.com and found a gorgeous V70 in sea foam green. The site is great…..loads of info and some of the best photos of used guitars I’ve ever seen…….proper Jem pornography!
The photos and write up for the V70 were fabulous and it was obvious that this seller loves his Jems!
Although I had been looking for a 7VWH I was really taken with the colour of this model. I checked out the specs on the Ibanez site and was a little worried to discover this model is made in Indonesia and not Japan so I contacted Rex from sellmyjem.com and we discussed the guitar at length……his knowledge of the Jem models was superb and being a great guitarist himself he understands how they feel and play. He assured me that the V70 was a cracking guitar and the quality from Indonesia was great……especially at the price.
I ordered it on a Wednesday evening and it was delivered Friday with Rex given me updates throughout its journey!
I can tell you now …… this V70 model is awesome. The pickups are smoking hot and the Edge trem is bloody insane! I don’t care that this thing was made in Indonesia it looks and plays amazing! It is also one of the most beautiful guitars I’ve ever seen…..the sea foam green with the tree of life inlay has to be seen in the flesh to be fully appreciated.
The description given on sellmyjem.com was also spot on……it said immaculate and that is exactly what it was. You couldn’t tell it wasn’t new.
I’m still looking for a 7VWH and won’t be getting it anywhere else but sellmyjem.com!
Thanks to Rex for your help and advice……..I couldn’t be happier……unless you could make my fingers quicker too!"
IBANEZ JEM 505 INFORMATION
The Ibanez JEM505 is a JEM series electric guitar model and signature model of American guitarist Steve Vai, introduced in 2010. Like the JEM555, it is an affordable JEM model, but from a different point of view. Unlike the JEM555, the JEM505 is produced in Japan and has "Japanese made" features like a Prestige neck and an Edge tremolo, but it does not feature US made DiMarzio pickups like the JEM555 does.
JEM 505 has never really been given much credit , although it does deserves it . Probably due to the 505 number. This jem is a stripped back, Made in japan, Prestige level instrument. With hardware and build quality the same as any of it 7, 77 and 777 variants. The Jem505 is stripped of the superficial decor like the inlays and dimarzio pick ups and scalloped frets. essentially leaving the player a more affordable, high quality "blank sheet" to upgrade as his creative urges see fit.
Complete list of JEM505 variants:
• JEM505BK - black dot inlay, Black, Basswood body, v7, s1, v8 pick ups (years of production 2010–2011)
• JEM505WH - black dot inlay, White, Basswood body, v7, s1, v8 pick ups (years of production 2010–2011)
Ibanez introduces the Jem505, a real Japanese-made Jem which keeps the price down in a few clever ways without compromising the things that count. For starters, the 505 features Ibanez’s coveted original Edge bridge, Vai’s personal preference (as well as my own). The stud posts upon which the Edge pivots actually lock into the body to prevent movement, thus ensuring tuning stability, and the whole unit just feels very well balanced.
Other standard Jem features include a Jem profile 5-piece neck, a maple fretboard (a rarity on Ibanezes for the last few decades), a basswood body (like the majority of Jems excluding the Jem7VWH and a few others), All-Access Neck Joint (AANJ), monkey grip, lion’s claw, and top quality pots and switches. Only three things really separate it from most of its brothers: the simple dot position markers; the absence of scalloped 21st to 24th frets; and the choice of Ibanez pickups instead of the DiMarzios found on all the other models. The Ibanez pickups are a V8 humbucker in the bridge, an S1 single coil in the middle and a V7 humbucker in the neck position.
By the way, the case candy includes the very handy Prestige Multi Tool, which includes allen wrenches, screwdrivers, a truss rod adjustment tool and even a ruler for setting your string height down to the millimetre.
The 505 plays just like a Jem should. It’s fast – damn fast – but it’s a guitar that rewards careful phrasing too. If you just noodle mindlessly, the Jem will show you up as an impostor, but if you’re a really studied, diligent shredder it’ll present you in your absolute best light. The fret finishing is not quite carried out at the same standard that you’ll find at the top of the range, but they’re not sharp or rough – just not overly finessed.
The Ibanez pickups have tight bass, a musical midrange and a very definite treble kick (accompanied by a carefully voiced treble roll-off that keeps things from sounding too fizzy up there). Some players will love them, especially those whose tastes are more aggressive, while others may want to swap them out for more Vai-like pickups such as his signature Evolution or Breed models (or the PAF Pros of the original Jem release). Give the stock pickups a chance though – they formed the heart and soul of Ibanez’s venerable RG550 and RG570 guitars and are certainly capable of pulling a great tone. They clean up nicely and they’re awesome for shredding lead work or rock rhythm. The neck unit has a great vocal quality which really sings with upper harmonics around the 10th-17th frets, while the bridge pickup screams with bold, clear tone. It responds especially well to palm-muting and legato techniques. Its attack is somewhat similar to the DiMarzio Evolution, but the tone is different. As for the single coil sounds, the quack is there in abundance on positions 2 and 4, and the lone single coil in the middle sounds thin and cutting, in the best possible way, which makes this a very versatile axe.
Whammy lovers such as myself will love the Edge bridge. It feels very sturdy and is great for really zeroing in on specific pitches. You can get a huge amount of up-pull thanks to the lion’s claw rout behind the bridge, and if you whack the bar sharply with the edge of your hand you can nail the famed ‘flutter’ effect, in part thanks to the fine weight balance of the Edge itself, and partially due to a killer factory setup.
The Jem505 is just what many Jem lovers have been begging for – a Japanese-made, Edge-equipped, maple-fretboard Jem that won’t cause tensions in the home when you go to do the budget. Having owned Jems and their sister instruments the 7-string Universe myself I can confidently say that the 505 plays like a Jem – hell, it even smells like a Jem – and it’s a heck of a lot of guitar for the price.
Ibanez Jem Specifications
Name: JEM505 Years: 2010-2011 Areas: Worldwide Made in: Japan Finishes: BK (Black) / WH (White)
BK: Grey Pearloid
WH: White Pearloid
24 / W/6105
IBZ V7 (Vintage 7)
IBZ S1 (Single 1)
IBZ V8 (Vintage 8)
1 Volume / 1 Tone / 5-Way lever