Does this also mean they will be discontinuing production of the Japanese 7V? To be honest I already have my 7V and I have no reason to buy one again, I have no idea how well they were or were not selling but this still seems disappointing to me.
I don't see this happening. Vai is one of their marquee artists and the 7V is his signature model. I see them keeping the MIJ model around, even if it's a slow seller. Keep in mind they've run the AT10P and AT100CL simultaneously for a while now. Also, they just came out with a new Jake Bowen model and are keeping the original MIJ one around. I could see them moving to having the 7V as a permanent model with a second rotating MIJ model.
Originally Posted by psychoshredder
I don't have Jem, never planned to own one as well, but back in early days , when someone ask me what guitar do I play, I said 'Ibanez', the reply back then always ; Ibanez? A Jem ?
Talking to people who don't play guitar and often don't even listen to guitar oriented music, many of them know who Steve Vai is and instantly associate the Jem with him. They usually call it a "Steve Vai guitar" but they know what it is. The other name they know is Joe Satriani, but most likely wouldn't associate a JS
with him if you showed them one.
Ebony board used for the same price as the premium? Not in Japan, NO WAY. The prices on the ebony board MIJ JEMs has shot up like almost 50,000 yen the last few years, due to the scarcity of them. These are DEFINITELY cheaper than the old beaters.
You can find them in the US reasonably, but many of the guitars you find are players and are either fairly worn or have yellowed considerably. You'd have to look but you could find a very nice condition ebony board Jem for about the same as the new one.