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Control placement on JEM/Universe guitars

Hi All,

I have a question for you JEM and Universe owners regarding the control placement on the guitar. First, let me back up by saying that this is one of the things that has usually deterred me or encouraged me to buy/play a specific guitar. I have been setting my pickup selector switches/volume/tone knobs VERY similar to the way they are set up on John Petrucci's guitars for about the past 20 years. I normally do custom guitars only because of this.

However, I do play Suhr Moderns as some of my main live and studio guitars. Over the past few years, I have grown to love the feel of a 5-way blade switch and the way that Suhr lays them out is really natural. The Volume knob is not in an oppressive position right under the bridge pickup. Okay... so, I know that many guitar players like the knob there. My question is; has anyone noticed that the volume knob on the JEMs is close to the bridge pickup but on the Universe it is a bit further away? I guess another question would be; why did Ibanez do it this way for the 6-string guitar but not for the 7-string?

I don't know if this was a specific design that Ibanez chose to do of if it was Vai's choice but I was just curious. Seems that the Universe control layout is similar to the Suhr Modern's layout and I figured that was the reason that I liked playing a Universe to a JEM. I know that seems overly picky but I guess we all hold our picking hand different so to each is own...

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