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post #31 of 558 (permalink) Old 01-17-2007, 01:21 PM
 
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I think they should have a wider variety of models available.

And why on earth did they discontinue the floral JEM?

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1st point - i agree!! more along the lines of the good old rg550 colour options and how about LEFTIES DONE TO ORDER (even though i'm right handed i know a very annoyed lefty player (PMT!!!) 2nd point - probably because they couldn't get the cloth from the suppliers....or DFKDFC!!!!
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Some great posts here.
Where are the sustainers??
I cant help think that the best 20th could have been an affordable Jem with a sustainer. Prehaps just a different colour, or pyramids instead of a vine or something.

But i always expected the 20th to be for the collectors market anyway .
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Imagine how hard it is for Steve Vai... recording albums, touring the world, writing material, and on top of that having to be responsible for placating the desires of his (I mean this in the best way) guitar-obsessed fans who expect him to put their expectations and wants before his personal tastes.

What if what he wants is an acrylic swirl JEM with LEDs and a black JEM with a vine? His fans may be disappointed by his decisions, but they're HIS shots to call based on what HE WANTS not what he thinks will sell or appeal to the masses the best.

Consider this, if Ibanez gives you a deal, saying they'll make a guitar to your specs and will release a production model with the same specs- what are you really going to think if your fans start complaining about lack of variety in your guitars? Every single feature of each line of Jems has been equally defended and criticized: (neon vs anti-neon, pickups, woods, swirls, budget models, etc.) and making absolutely everyone happy is impossible. The best Steve can do is let his music do the talking... oh, nevermind, people are hopelessly divided over that, too.
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Again, and for the billionth time -- we need VARIETY so everyone can be happy!

Regarding the comment that Knowbody posted, black isn't a despised colour, on the right guitar it can look great, but we don't want it on every guitar in the range. Variety. Choice. Those are the key words here. Look at the JEM line up in the early 90's. You'd be crazy not to want at least one of them, there were so many available, as well as brightly coloured RG's, RG770DX (pure class), etc.

If you're making your guitar available to the public, you should consider what the people want, otherwise, just have them made for yourself. It works both ways, see. We pay his wages. The more variety, the more JEM's get sold, the more money Steve Vai earns.
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I think they're all killer. They're interesting. They're fun to play. They're fun to listen to. They're fun to look at.
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What if what he wants is an acrylic swirl JEM with LEDs and a black JEM with a vine? His fans may be disappointed by his decisions, but they're HIS shots to call based on what HE WANTS not what he thinks will sell or appeal to the masses the best.
how many dna's does Vai own? how many tenth anniversary guitars? I'm willing to bet that Vai won't do too much with an acrylic guitar. I don't think selling five hundred plastic guitars at six thousand dollars each was completely what he thought needed to be done for the sake of the instrument... for the advancement of guitar as a form of his artistic expression.
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Imagine how hard it is for Steve Vai... recording albums, touring the world, writing material, and on top of that having to be responsible for placating the desires of his (I mean this in the best way) guitar-obsessed fans who expect him to put their expectations and wants before his personal tastes.

What if what he wants is an acrylic swirl JEM with LEDs and a black JEM with a vine? His fans may be disappointed by his decisions, but they're HIS shots to call based on what HE WANTS not what he thinks will sell or appeal to the masses the best.

Consider this, if Ibanez gives you a deal, saying they'll make a guitar to your specs and will release a production model with the same specs- what are you really going to think if your fans start complaining about lack of variety in your guitars? Every single feature of each line of Jems has been equally defended and criticized: (neon vs anti-neon, pickups, woods, swirls, budget models, etc.) and making absolutely everyone happy is impossible. The best Steve can do is let his music do the talking... oh, nevermind, people are hopelessly divided over that, too.
In reference to the 20th...... I kinda like it, but with that said I see no effort to improve on the model. (no ebony, sustainer?) Let alone justify the price tag. Ibanez could have charged $2500.00 (still out of the reach of many) and probably covered the expense of manufacture including a nice profit. They could have done 500 with something unique to each for $5,000.00 USD. (for those interested in throwing money to the wind) Then released the remainder of say 1987 without that one unique feature. (like LED's if it actually has them or a sustainer)

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how many dna's does Vai own? how many tenth anniversary guitars? I'm willing to bet that Vai won't do too much with an acrylic guitar. I don't think selling five hundred plastic guitars at six thousand dollars each was completely what he thought needed to be done for the sake of the instrument... for the advancement of guitar as a form of his artistic expression.
Okay, add to my list in my previous post that he's also held responsible "for the advancement of guitar as a form of his artistic expression." No regular models with sustainers (which he uses now), I'll give people that, but at least Ibz still puts out the UV (which he doesn't use much). If anybody else has any more creative ideas how to advance the electric guitar, by all means do it, but once again, don't saddle Steve Vai with YOUR expectations for the advancement of electric guitars.

Maybe he doesn't outright design models, maybe he only has time to approve them now, but if you want to think of it such, maybe him authorizing these high-priced collectibles is simply rendering unto Caesar (Ibanez) what is Caesar's (the desire to sell high-priced collectibles for a boatload of money a pop). Ibanez is a business and they do business with Steve.
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My biggest annoyance with the whole thing is that WE AREN'T GETTING THE SAME GUITAR THAT STEVE PLAYS...Where are the sustainers? LEDs? Lo-Pro or Edge trems?
This is a big gripe for me too, particularly with the tremolos.

Evo has an original Edge, the 7V (Which please correct me if I'm wrong, is supposed to be a "new" Evo) should have an original Edge, not whatever is the "boutique" trem that year.

The sustainer is a Fernandes thing so I can understand why it isn't found in a production model. The LEDs would be very cool, but would make an expensive guitar a VERY expensive guitar. Maybe offer them as factory custom shop options, but Ibanez doesn't have a custom shop
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Okay, add to my list in my previous post that he's also held responsible "for the advancement of guitar as a form of his artistic expression."

don't saddle Steve Vai with YOUR expectations for the advancement of electric guitars.
I never said he was held responsible for anything... I think your searching to find something to get whatever agenda you have across. I'm simply saying something is not kosher if mister "created the seven string guitar" Vai is desiring to own and play acrylic guitars now, as only you have alleged Demiurge.

I saddle steve vai with nothing. The issue at hand, as I understand it, is come here and voice your issues and complaints about the jem/uv lineup. I really think you should start your own "Defend Steve Vai the Jem and UV lineup" thread so you won't have this problem anymore.
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Ibanez is a business and they do business with Steve.
And with the public. You seem to forget this easily.
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You're missing the point here. It's not a thread to request a wider variety of models or a thread about the FP, it's about our dissatisfaction with the JEM 20th.
Nope. It clearly states "disatisfaction with the Jem/UV Line" in the 1st post, and never mentions the 20th at all

I love the Jems. I'd like to see more of them, and I'd like them not to cost 2 grand plus each. I'd like more fretboard board choices than rosewood, and I'd like another UV as well. The current one is fine, but how about an edge pro option?
Something, anything, with pyramids in maple would be cool. A natural wood top and a double edge would be nice as well. No more dot necks

EBMM's Petrucci models are a recipe to consider; a choice of colors and bridge wouldn't hurt anyone, really. Keep the 7VWH, but offer it with a double edge and maybe in 5 or so colors (various shades of black do not equal colors).... It might be nice to see a red Lace like flame top on a Jem either.
I know the music is more important, and in the end the instruments are simply tools, but I've got about 40 screwdrivers because they each do something the other doesn't do. We'd like more choice, bottom line. No Jem since the SK was retired has come with even a single option. It's been 20 years now; options would be a great new paradigm.

EDIT: Not piling on here Dee, my post just got delayed by a firewall

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Nope. It clearly states "disatisfaction with the Jem/UV Line" in the 1st post, and never mentions the 20th at all
Where you been, Jim? Glen changed the thread title after I posted that comment.

PS: Well said.
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...options would be a great new paradigm...
Word.
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Hell still use the same guitars hes been using for years (evo, flo, mojo etc) no matter what new one comes out, the new ones are his creations and the're made for the public, if he didnt have a sig model and we didnt buy them, ibanez wouldnt keep making guitars for him. He creates them to be sold just like he creates his music to be sold.

Still I dont think he reads too much about our opinions (and I dont blame him).

BTW I think Kirk hammet had an acrylic guitar before the acrylic JS came out, at least we can say it wont happen agian.
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