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New Old Stock - Ibanez Steve Vai Signature JEM777 30th Anniversary, Desert Sun Yellow Limited Edition Guitar
Ibanez Steve Vai Signature JEM777 30th Anniversary:
The legend is back! The Ibanez JEM777 is the first JEM series of Steve Vai’s signature model. The 1987 Chicago NAMM Show marked the introduction of the Steve Vai-designed JEM guitars and constituted a major turning point in the fortunes of Ibanez and the development of the electric guitar. The JEM, with its cutting edge floating tremolo and monkey grip, took off like a rocket. Ibanez was finally viewed as an important innovator and there would be no looking back. 30 years later, the JEM has become an iconic image in the world of guitar and, for over a decade, its sister model, the RG, is second in worldwide sales only to the Fender Stratocaster. Ibanez is very pleased to celebrate this 30-year milestone in the ever-evolving and fruitful collaboration with Steve Vai.
The JEM777 was available in three different colours over several periods: Loch Ness Green (LNG) (1987), Desert Sun Yellow (DY) (1987–1996), and Shocking Pink (SK) (1987–1989).
The year 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of JEM series. Ibanez proudly revives the classic JEM777 with updated specs and celebrates its anniversary. As featured in the original JEM777, the body is solid basswood with a fat but well-balanced tonality, including the JEM’s symbolic feature: the “Monkey Grip” handle.
The slim JEM 5-piece maple/walnut neck is jointed with a metal plate including the 30th anniversary logo.
The neck joint is traditional, but the Tilt-Neck Joint offers easy upper fret access. The maple fretboard has a Scalloped Fingerboard on 21–24 frets, and the Disappearing Pyramid inlay is colored in green, yellow, and pink.
The Edge tremolo, with an Ultralite Tremolo Arm™ and Lion’s Claw cavity, ensures stable tuning and radical tremelo effects.
The DiMarzio® Evolution® pickups are the main factors in giving the JEM series its unique sound.
The JEM777 also uses DiMarzio® Evolution® humbuckers in its bridge and neck positions, and a DiMarzio® Evolution® single coil in its middle position for a wide array of rock tones.
A 30th anniversary plate is attached inside of the hard-shell case. A green multi-tool mirroring the JEM777’s image colour, a certificate of authenticity, all original Tags and inspection cards along with an Ultra Light Tremolo arm. Everything included has been photographed in the 3rd image.
*It is believed that only 900 worldwide of these were produced; 450 green and 225 each of pink and yellow.
IBANEZ JEM 777DY 30TH ANNIVERARY GUITAR
Stunning in every respect. The power of the yellow is enough to break lenses so be careful and wear shades when handling 😂. The Jem777 is a limited edition, one-off run of the incredible Steve Vai Jem signature model. Complete with the Monkey grip handle, DiMarzio evolution pickups and a semi-scalloped fretboard (only the 21st to 24th frets are scalloped).
The first thing you'll notice is the bright neon finish that's as big and bold as Steve Vai's guitar playing! This limited colour looks like it's come straight out of the 80s but with all of the modern treatment that'll make this one rocking guitar.
A Little Bit Different
There are a few key tweaks that have been made to this guitar that make it a different beast than you may be used to out of the Steve Vai series. The maple fretboard on top of a 5 piece maple/walnut neck matches the American basswood body well to create an acoustic sound that is focused and bright. To make sure it doesn't get too bright when running through your amplifier this model has the DiMarzio Evolution in the neck and bridge position. These pickups are fierce and bright with loads of low-end punch to cover any style of music.
Hardware That Lasts
At no point in their range do Ibanez skimp out on the hardware. From the 6105 frets that have been finished with Ibanez's Prestige fret edge treatment that rounds the edges for smoother playing, to the Edge tremolo every part of this guitar has been meticulously chosen. This means that you can rely on this guitar night after night.
STEVE VAI, IBANEZ AND THE JEM
The 1987 Chicago NAMM Show marked the introduction of the Steve Vai-designed JEM guitars and constituted a major turning point in the fortunes of Ibanez and the development of the electric guitar. The JEM, with its cutting edge floating tremolo and monkey grip, took off like a rocket. Ibanez was finally viewed as an important innovator and there would be no looking back. 30 years later, the JEM has become an iconic image in the world of guitar and, for over a decade, its sister model, the RG, is second in worldwide sales only to the Fender Stratocaster. Ibanez is very pleased to celebrate this 30-year milestone in the ever-evolving and fruitful collaboration with Steve Vai.
- Disappearing Pyramid inlay
- Monkey Grip - One of the most recognizable features on the fantastic JEM: Steve Vai's signature monkey grip. Crank your amp up, grab that baby and hold on for dear life.
- DiMarzio Evolution - Steve Vai's Signature features DiMarzio Evolution humbuckers in the bridge and neck positions and a DiMarzio Evolution single coil in the middle position for a wide array of rock tones.
- Edge Tremolo - JEM777 will let you scream or moan with the Edge bridge and groundbreaking Lion's Claw tremolo cavity, allowing pitches to be radically raised or lowered without obstruction.
- Scalloped Fretboard on 21-24 Frets
- JEM 30th Anniversary logo
GUITARS HISTORY & CONDITION REPORT
This was bought direct from the factory and has spent its entire life in the case awaiting someone to play it. It looks to have been tested once with only a handful of pick lines on the pick guard to indicate very light testing. A virtually unplayed example in as new condition with all case candy, tags and tools that you would expect. There is not much to say about this guitar other than its the best value 777DY 30th anniversary available anywhere on the planet right now (As of February 2021)! It does have 1 very small note to point out. There is the smallest of hairline mark in on one side of the neck pocket. Quite normal for Ibanez jems with this style of neck joint but worth mentioning. It is only in the lacquer and less than half an inch in size in an inconspicuous location that you would not see unless you are looking for it. You are essentially getting a near unplayed example with all the playability and incredible sound of the original at a discount to the current market price of these limited edition models!
Condition: Fit and Finish
This guitar is sold as new New. Not a mark on it other than some very light pick superficial pick lines on the pick guard, all in original case from the factory in Japan, a stunning, incredible guitar ready for its first owner.
Fret Life/Fretboard - This guitar has had no use, almost no visible signs of playing, therefore Frets have maximum life left in them.
Tremolo - Completely new tremolo
Neck - Original Neck Straight as an arrow with an incredible feel and grain. No cracks or wood problems. The neck pocket on one side shows a hairline mark around half an inch, photoed in the most unflattering angle I could find. See image to see just how minor this is.
Electronics - As you would expect in a new instrument there are no issues with electronics. Sounds like a dream!
Body work- Perfect.
Case - This guitar comes with the a lovely new Hard Case in unused condition.
- String stretch and seating procedure
- Tuning of the floating tremolo
- Tremolo angle adjustment
- Action height adjustments
- Truss rod alignment
- Pick-up heights adjusted
- Intonation checked and adjustment
- Lem Oil treatment of fretboard (Only for rosewood boards)
- Brand new strings added set to 9 Gauge
- Fast fret Added to strings
A total of 3-5hrs is spent as standard for a guitar this beautiful, its actually a pleasure to undertake!
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
All shipping can be tracked by you 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 before a strong brown paper incases the the whole guitar. I have been shipping guitars all over the world for 10 years with no problems reported.
IBANEZ JEM 777 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIFICATIONS
- Neck type JEM 5pc Maple/Walnut neck
- Body Basswood body
- Fretboard Maple fretboard w/Disappearing Pyramid inlay
- Fret W/6105 frets w/Prestige fret edge treatment
- Bridge Edge tremolo bridge
- Neck pickup DiMarzio® Evolution® (H) neck pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
- Middle pickup DiMarzio® Evolution® (S) middle pickup (Passive/Alnico)
- Bridge pickup DiMarzio® Evolution® (H) bridge pickup (Passive/Ceramic)
- Factory tuning 1E, 2B, 3G, 4D, 5A, 6E
- String gauge .009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042
- Hardware color Cosmo black
- Case/bag Hardshell case included
- Scale : 648mm/25.5"
- a : Width 43mm at NUT
- b : Width 58mm at 24F
- c : Thickness 18mm at 1F
- d : Thickness 20mm at 12F
- Radius : 430mmR