Quick Jump: Case Combo Lock | JEM/UV Logos | Unfloating Block | Ibanez BackStop | Heel Plate | Headstock Back | Neck Serial#
Resetting the JEM/UV Case Combo lock is a snap. Above is the directions included with all cases.
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.
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 ;->
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:
- Accurate Return to Pitch - by compensating for the difference in tension between the gutiar strings and the tremolo springs, the Back Stop brings the tremolo back to pitch every time
- Simplified Tuning - the Back Stop stabilizes the tremolo so that the guitar can be tuned quickly, with no need to retune
- In-Tune String Bending - bending a string will not make the other strings go flat, as with conventional tremolo systems. This allows you to hit an open string while bending other notets. Both the bent note and the open string will be in tune
- Tuning Stability - the backstop locks the tremolo in place so that the guitar remains in tune even if you break a string. This feature is important in live performance, allowing you to continue playing in-tune.
Read the Backstop instruction guide here - page 1 and page 2 (scans courtesy of Steve Sandy)
|JEM Heel Plate||Universe Heel Plate|
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.
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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