JEM off of the shelf
No. What he did say was "..I wanted the JEM designed so that I could go into any music store, pick one up, and it would play and sound like the ones I have...", or something like that.
Oh...and BTW....That was over 10 years ago. Tastes change in that amount of time. And apart from the neck (which is back to the VWH neck on Steve's guits, I think), the sustainer and tuners, it is the same guitar as you would pick up in any music store.
The reason you can't get Vai's sound is because (and I hate stating the obvious) you're not ummmmmm....Vai. :biggrin: