my old JEMS from 88 to the late 90s -- some of my fave guitars ever - Jemsite
Ibanez JEM, UV, JS & Other Signature Models For discussion of Ibanez JEM, Universe and JS (Satriani) guitars only.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: miami/key west
Posts: 64
Reviews: 5
my old JEMS from 88 to the late 90s -- some of my fave guitars ever

here's some photos of me in the "old days" with some of my beloved JEM guitars, miss them ALL, probably the PMC the most


my PMC....sigh.....

http://i985.photobucket.com/albums/a...ito/jemPMC.jpg


a BEAUTIFUL Ibanez USA guitar built in LA custom shop for Jenny Batten, used on Machael Jackson "BAD" tour, 24k gold leaf PAMELINA finish, and a VERY rare modulus graphite neck -- this is now on display at the Hard Rock -- I shoulda kept this one too:

http://i985.photobucket.com/albums/a...vito/jenny.jpg


me in the studio (Morrisound in Tampa) getting ready to lay down tracks with my 88 JEM 777SK -- that guitar got played the most out of all my JEMs, and was my fave player for MANY years.

me with my JEM 77BFP -- a cool guitar, but i didn't like the neck and the way it played as much as the earlier 88 77FP i had -- and i let it go pretty quick.


http://i985.photobucket.com/albums/a...to/59strat.jpg


me with my 88 JEM 77FP -- a great guitar:

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y32/lvxnova/bdjem.jpg



I got a wild hair up my butt, and switched necks on my 77FP and 777SK -- looked kinda weird for sure. i put them back together RIGHT before they eventually got traded in for more Jacksons

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y32.../bdpinkjem.jpg

press photo from 88 with my 77FP -- dig the ripped jeans and the leopard vest

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y32...iopresshot.jpg

backstage at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1991 with my trio and my all time fave JEM, the 777SK

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y32.../BDLESROB2.jpg
bobbydevito is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 10:35 AM
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 1,245
Reviews: 2
Re: my old JEMS from 88 to the late 90s -- some of my fave guitars ever

Those are great photos. It's funny, I might have seen you play once. How long were you in the Bay Area? I remember seeing a band at a club and the guitarist had a 77FP. I thought cool and I even went up the the guitarist and said "awesome guitar". This was maybe mid '90s?
therightjem is offline  
post #3 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 10:44 AM
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Tampa Bay, FL
Posts: 3,861
Re: my old JEMS from 88 to the late 90s -- some of my fave guitars ever

Nice photos!!

I can relate to many. I had the BFP and got rid of it for the same reason and I picked up a FP that a guy had stripped. Took the neck and put it on my DY for awhile.


I owned the FP and the SK and Green UV in this pic, the others were my buddy's:


My UVMC (Miss this one most) and the hybrid DY:
Distantshore is offline  
post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 11:00 AM
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Yardley, PA
Posts: 742
Re: my old JEMS from 88 to the late 90s -- some of my fave guitars ever

great photos! thanks for sharing
Dr.StrangeNote is offline  
post #5 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 11:02 AM
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: US
Posts: 408
Re: my old JEMS from 88 to the late 90s -- some of my fave guitars ever

Awesome guitars and history!
jer3d is offline  
post #6 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 11:15 AM
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: edison nj 08817
Posts: 612
Re: my old JEMS from 88 to the late 90s -- some of my fave guitars ever

awesome guitars those were the days indeed my friend...
pink13 is offline  
post #7 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: miami/key west
Posts: 64
Reviews: 5
Re: my old JEMS from 88 to the late 90s -- some of my fave guitars ever

Quote:
Originally Posted by therightjem View Post
Those are great photos. It's funny, I might have seen you play once. How long were you in the Bay Area? I remember seeing a band at a club and the guitarist had a 77FP. I thought cool and I even went up the the guitarist and said "awesome guitar". This was maybe mid '90s?
yep -- i played in Tampa from 86-99 -- did a LOT of shows with a LOT of bands.


remember WYNF "95YNF" the big rock station?

my first album was a guitar insgtrumental album in the Satch/Vai sort of flavor -- i was really inspired by the way Vai recorded Flexable at home and made his own album. so i did the same thing, at least as best i could.

i recorded Guitar Salad on my 4 track, then mixed it down at Morrisound -- which made it sound 100 times better than it should have


that humble album got airplay on FM rock stations all over south Florida, and even got me a lice radio show on 95YNF -- they did a show called "Live at Morrisound"


here i am in 1991, playing live on the radio, luckily my guitar tech/best friend during that era had just bought a video camera and filmed the whole show.

i am playing my beloved 777SK, and running a whole rack full of scholz rockmodules, direct into the mixing console...


check out this video. is there a way to embed videos here?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTZKP_MTrdQ
bobbydevito is offline  
post #8 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: miami/key west
Posts: 64
Reviews: 5
Re: my old JEMS from 88 to the late 90s -- some of my fave guitars ever

Quote:
Originally Posted by xnosferatu2 View Post
awesome guitars those were the days indeed my friend...

those WERE the days indeed.....i usually picked up JEMS for 1,000 to 1,200.....the most i ever paid was 1,500 for the PMC, and i b#$tched about paying that much for it.....i didn't know how rare those were, and now when i see people asking $5k for them, i kick myself in the A$$ over and over.

out of ALL the ones i had, my two faves were my 88 77FP and my 89 777SK. those two guitars realy rocked my world.

the original Ibanez edge trem was the ONLY trem i ever liked as much as the Floyd Rose.....and i STILL like them. just got that 1990 practically NOS RG550WH guitar this week in trade from the original owner, and it's blowing me away -- I owned a couple of RG's in 87 and 88 before I got my JEMS.....and after I got my JEMs, i just thought the 550s were not nearly as good as the JEMS......but i have a new appreciation for them now.


i have been seeking a beat up, modded, "player" grade 777DY or 777SK for a few years now, but even a BEAT UP and MODDED one of those is $1500 or more......

the maple 777 JEM neck is one of the FINEST neck profiles I have ever had in my hands......it's just a PERFECT neck shape -- not too slim, not too fat, nice rounded C shape, BIG frets, and cool looking. i think it's one of the best necks ever made. and i got such great TONES out of my JEMs.


although i listed that 550 for sale, because of the outstanding all original near mint condition......playing it is making me think i need to keep it, call my artist relations guy at Dimarzio and get some of my fave pickups to install in it, and just ride it hard and put it up wet......but i am really hard on guitars, and also have acidic nasty sweat. Plus i live and gig in Florida, from Palm Beach to Key West.......so within a year the pristine hardware will be corroded, the maple neck will be worn, and it will surely have some dings in the finish and pick wear, etc.


but it doesn't really seem like i am gonna be able to afford a JEM anytime soon.....the economic downturn just about ruined me & my wife financially, we both lost our jobs, and are barely scraping by.....and then last year, i had been feeling bad for a couple months, went to our family doctor, did some tests, got sent to a specialist, and now have some fairly serious health issues that are draining money from me that i don't have, and i might only have a few years left on the planet.....so i am thinking maybe i should just keep that guitar and play it hard and enjoy it. it's one of the best 550's i have ever played -- but i haven't seen too many original 550s around anymore. i have played a few of the reissues at GC, but they didn't impress me.

I have been really impressed with some of the J-Custom guitars, love the Petruccis, and a few other modern Ibanez guitars. But like many others have said here, the "glory days" of the mid 80s thru about 93 are the best years for many Ibanez guitars, and the 550 I have is just amazing, really well done fretwork, great playability, great tone even with the stock pickups, and that wonderful Edge tremolo.....

sorry for writing a book here
bobbydevito is offline  
post #9 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 01:00 PM
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Yardley, PA
Posts: 742
Re: my old JEMS from 88 to the late 90s -- some of my fave guitars ever

It's great to go back in time aint it? I watched a bunch of your vids, great playing. Looks like you guys were having fun!!
Dr.StrangeNote is offline  
post #10 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 01:49 PM
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Tampa Bay, FL
Posts: 3,861
Re: my old JEMS from 88 to the late 90s -- some of my fave guitars ever

Quote:
Originally Posted by bobbydevito View Post
yep -- i played in Tampa from 86-99 -- did a LOT of shows with a LOT of bands.


remember WYNF "95YNF" the big rock station?

my first album was a guitar insgtrumental album in the Satch/Vai sort of flavor -- i was really inspired by the way Vai recorded Flexable at home and made his own album. so i did the same thing, at least as best i could.

i recorded Guitar Salad on my 4 track, then mixed it down at Morrisound -- which made it sound 100 times better than it should have


that humble album got airplay on FM rock stations all over south Florida, and even got me a lice radio show on 95YNF -- they did a show called "Live at Morrisound"


here i am in 1991, playing live on the radio, luckily my guitar tech/best friend during that era had just bought a video camera and filmed the whole show.

i am playing my beloved 777SK, and running a whole rack full of scholz rockmodules, direct into the mixing console...


check out this video. is there a way to embed videos here?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTZKP_MTrdQ
Good stuff! WYNF? Is that when Don Capone worked there? I met him last year, he does voice overs now for movie trailers etc..
Distantshore is offline  
post #11 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 02:16 PM
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Latvia, Riga
Posts: 489
Re: my old JEMS from 88 to the late 90s -- some of my fave guitars ever

dude, awesome pics guitars are not bad too... sic PMC!!!
nafigator is offline  
post #12 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 03:30 PM
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 1,245
Reviews: 2
Re: my old JEMS from 88 to the late 90s -- some of my fave guitars ever

Quote:
Originally Posted by bobbydevito View Post
yep -- i played in Tampa from 86-99 -- did a LOT of shows with a LOT of bands.


remember WYNF "95YNF" the big rock station?

my first album was a guitar insgtrumental album in the Satch/Vai sort of flavor -- i was really inspired by the way Vai recorded Flexable at home and made his own album. so i did the same thing, at least as best i could.

i recorded Guitar Salad on my 4 track, then mixed it down at Morrisound -- which made it sound 100 times better than it should have


that humble album got airplay on FM rock stations all over south Florida, and even got me a lice radio show on 95YNF -- they did a show called "Live at Morrisound"


here i am in 1991, playing live on the radio, luckily my guitar tech/best friend during that era had just bought a video camera and filmed the whole show.

i am playing my beloved 777SK, and running a whole rack full of scholz rockmodules, direct into the mixing console...


check out this video. is there a way to embed videos here?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTZKP_MTrdQ

Well, that very well may have been you. I don't remember many people at the time playing JEMs at gigs.

Yes, I do remember 95YNF. Most famous from those days at that station was the Ron & Ron show. There is a DJ from those days of YNF who is currently at 102.5 here in Tampa. I also remember Morrisound, that place became famous quickly due to the death metal scene at the time.

Sorry to hear about your health condition, hopefully it can improve.
therightjem is offline  
post #13 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 03:43 PM
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Croatia
Posts: 220
Re: my old JEMS from 88 to the late 90s -- some of my fave guitars ever

Nice collection! Take a care about these beauties!


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 4 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Dragianni endorsed by Ibanez guitars

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 4 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Dragianni is offline  
post #14 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 04:14 PM
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 2,349
Reviews: 11
Re: my old JEMS from 88 to the late 90s -- some of my fave guitars ever

Ya you they are some nice pieces man
Bryancap77 is offline  
post #15 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-24-2011, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: miami/key west
Posts: 64
Reviews: 5
Re: my old JEMS from 88 to the late 90s -- some of my fave guitars ever

Quote:
Originally Posted by therightjem View Post
Well, that very well may have been you. I don't remember many people at the time playing JEMs at gigs.

Yes, I do remember 95YNF. Most famous from those days at that station was the Ron & Ron show. There is a DJ from those days of YNF who is currently at 102.5 here in Tampa. I also remember Morrisound, that place became famous quickly due to the death metal scene at the time.

Sorry to hear about your health condition, hopefully it can improve.
yeah...i loved 95YNF -- Charlie Logan (the DJ you hear during the video introducing us) was a BIG fan of mine -- i sent him my cassette album of Guitar Salad, and he was playing tracks off the album during drive time slots! it's almost unheard of for local music to get played from 4-7 pm...and all the other guys at YNF were great dudes. Russ Albums, Don Capone, Ron & Ron....great time for music.

Morrisound was THE STUFF back then. my rehearsal room (that i had for ten years) was directly across the hall from Morbid Angel, and in the same complex was Iced Earth, Deicide, Crimson Glory, tons of heavy metal death type bands - and Scott Burns was the engineer who totally DEFINED the death metal "sound" -- it was crazy at the time. tons of bands from Sweden/Norway/Finland/South America would come all the way to Tampa to record with Scott at Morrisound.

Sad thing -- 3 months ago, Morrisound was COMPETELY cleaned out -- it was a pro job, had to be at least 10 guys with a truck to steal THAT MUCH gear.....several huge racls of effects, an SSL G series console, basically every bit of gear they had all the way down to the POWER SUPPLIES. case has not been solved, but i would bet my money that stuff is in containers on a ship somewhere heading to eastern europe or south america.....that's not the sort of stuff you pawn for crack, lol.....

JEMs were (and still are) kind of looked down on by a lot of guys. But i had a 5 night a week house gig in college with a variety band that played 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s.....rock, blues, country, funk, disco....you name it.

the JEM is one of the most versatile sounding guitars ever made, and that was one of the first popular H/S/H pickup arrangements -- i could easily go from a chicken pickin country twang song to a 70s rock sound, to 80s metal, whatever i needed.

And i STILL get made fun of on many forums for loving the JEMS as much as I do, and because i still like to play "buttrawk".

lol.......i wrote a book about my crazy life in rock n roll during the 80s and 90s -- you can check it out on amazon.com, it's called "Burned -- Living thru the 80s and 90s as a rock guitarist" -- some wild stuff in that book.

This RG550 just woke up the whole JEM monster in me again. the more i think about it, the less inclined i am to sell it. i have not seen even a beater 550 in any music stores around here used....all i have seen was the reissue....and i hit a LOT of pawn shops in town, and have not seen a 550 in a pawn shop in years.

I may not be able to afford a JEM again......but if i stick some PAF Pros in this guitar, and an HS-3 or Area 61 in the middle (probably white or creme in color, to match the body and stand out against the black pickguard) -- it would be DARN close to a JEM tonally -- and since it's been years since I had a Wizard neck in my hands, i like it a LOT better than i remember. maybe this particular one is a little bit thicker than the other ones I tried. this is a fairly early serial number for 1990, so it's probably closer to parts being made in 89, and assembled and finished in 90......

I can't think of too many other guitars under a grand that i would like as much as this guitar, has jumbo frets, MIJ quality, original Edge trem, and has had 21 years to age and become nicely resonant and "vintage"...lol.

wish i had MORE pics of my old JEMS, but those pics were shot long before digital cameras were around, so i am lucky i even have those
bobbydevito is offline  
Reply

Tags
jem , jem pmc , jem777sk , jem77bfp , jem77fp

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Jemsite forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address

IMPORTANT: You will be required to activate your account so please ensure that your email address is correct.

If you do not receive your activation check your spam folder before using the CONTACT US form (at the bottom right of each page).



Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Leaving Ibanez guitars - No more jems for me jem7pbk Ibanez JEM, UV, JS & Other Signature Models 141 12-11-2010 07:16 PM
Swap late 2000's Indo Wizard II w/ late 90's Korean Wizard II? newdude Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods 20 04-19-2010 06:34 PM
Mid/Late 80s Charvel-Jackson guitars? varador All Other Guitars (including Prestige) 17 01-24-2008 03:58 AM
Population 1 (Nuno Bettencourt) on Late Late Show p4t4h Players & Bands, Music & Sounds, Tours & Jams, Lessons & Theory! 34 03-22-2005 12:48 AM
Jems are just about the most frustrating guitars around! shreddervai Ibanez JEM, UV, JS & Other Signature Models 5 11-22-2004 03:24 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome