Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: San Antonio, TX
Re: 2004 JEM7VWH Spec change
The J Custom are the "pride and joy" of Ibanez guitars. I do not believe there is or ever was a single J Custom or USA Custom that offered an ebony fretboard. This, to me, seems to imply that the decision makers feel that rosewood and maple are the best two options. Vai, Satch, Yngwie, Timmons, Johnson, and Gilbert all play rosewood or maple fretboards. This must mean something. It would be one thing if Gilbert played ebony and his sig model was rosewood. Everyone would complain. If Vai plays rosewood then his sig model should be rosewood. Everyone should have complained when it was ebony! Clearly Via does not think of ebony as "superior" to rosewood or maple.
I was adamant on getting a 91-02 VWH, but after considering all the facts, I think that its clear that rosewood IS the proper signature model choice. You could take my word for it, or maybe just have a little faith in Mr. Vai himself.
PS. Now, my main concern is trem. Why does Via perfer the original Edge?