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Case Combo Lock

Resetting the JEM/UV Case Combo lock is a snap. Above is the directions included with all cases.

Ibanez JEM/UV Logos

Each JEM and UV has the logo imprinted on the headstock. It seems to be painted over the clear coat, and thus can scratch off. The JEM logo is located under the high-E string tuning head. The UV logo is considerably larger and is written in a different typestyle. As you can see the logo imprint matches the font on the heel plate.

Ibanez Tremolo Unfloating Block

These units have caused some confusion of JEM10 owners. Pictured above is a tremolo unfloating block which Ibanez includes in some new JEMs. It installs in the tremolo cavity to allow the tremolo to rest on the block, and thus not float anymore. When installed the tremolo will only drop notes flat, not allow for pulling notes sharp. Sacrilegious I know, but someone must have requested these. All JEM10s should have shipped with these (hence it's chrome color). In addition and some random newer JEMs have these as well, such as 7VWH and 7BSBs. Not sure why Ibanez is inconsistent in their inclusion or omission. Not sure who uses them either ;->

Ibanez Back Stop

The Backstop is a tremolo addon that inserts in the tremolo cavity to provide counter pressure againsts the floating tremolo. It is similar to items like the hipshot, but better in that it does not over-stiffen the tremolo. Note that the Backstop is no longer available from Ibanez, even though Vai uses it on some of his guitars.

According to Ibanez, the Backstop was said to have provided these benefits:

Read the Backstop instruction guide here - page 1 and page 2 (scans courtesy of Steve Sandy)

Old Style Heel Plates

JEM Heel Plate Universe Heel Plate

1988 JEM7RB

1991 UV777GR

Note customary "Ibanez pitting" and significant wear.

The Old heel plates, while obtrusive compared to the All-Access-Neck, were too cool. The original JEMs had JEM in script with the 6 digit serial number. The serial number is useless and untraceable, except for the first two digits. The first two digits represent the year. On UVs 00 represents 1990 oddly. Not all years are correct, as many PMCs have 91xxxx serial numbers, etc.

Headstock - Rear View


Neck Serial Numbers

mid-97 model UV777BK pictured below

JEM & UVs with the All-Access-Neck have serial numbers engraved on the back of the headstock. Pictured is the serial number of a a 1993 JEM7VWH (top) and a UV777BK (bottom). Like the heel plate serial numbers, these serial numbers are untraceable by Ibanez for some sad reason.

In any event the serial numbers have some meaning. The "F" indicates that the guitar was made at the Fugijen factory in Japan. The first digit represents the model year. For example "F336765 is a 1993 model. "Made in Japan" is engraved below the serial number.

In late 1997 Ibanez made a change for the better. The serial numbers have "Japan" written below, with the 2 digit model year designation after "F". This makes sense to accommodate 2000 and eventual confusion with a one digit year identifier. "F9738417" signifies the guitar is made in Japan as a 1997 model.

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