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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-30-2011, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Necks on 7vw and 77FP2


I was wondering if anyone could help out a newbie asking a dumb question!

Has anyone played both the 7vw and the 77FP2? I would really like to upgrade my S-series for a 77FP. I am struggling to find both the 7vw and 77FP2 in the same shop to test and compare... the nearest store with both in stock is 3 hours away! I have tried the 7vw and loved it, but the guy in the store said the 77FP2 had a chunkier neck. Is this true? I checked the specs on the Ibanez website and they seem identical?

Would appreciate any insight before committing to a long journey. My local store wants 100 deposit to ship one in - which is a big commitment if I dont like it!).

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-30-2011, 08:11 AM
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Re: Necks on 7vw and 77FP2

I've spent a bit of time with an FP2 and it seemed like a fairly standard JEM neck to me, I certainly didn't sit there in the store and think, "gosh this is a baseball bat of a neck!".
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Re: Necks on 7vw and 77FP2

I own the 2011 version of both guitars. The width and radius of the fingerboard feel identical...but, the neck carve on the VWH does indeed feel slimmer. I wouldn't call the 77fp2 chunky, but it has more of a rounded profile vs the vwh. None of the ibanez literature or web specs indicate this, so it may just be the slight production variances between instruments, but they are in fact slightly different in my hand.
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Re: Necks on 7vw and 77FP2

Thanks Jibboom.

It must be great to have both, how are you enjoying them?
Would be great to hear your views if you have both. I know preference is very personal, but any info would be appreciated.

The FP2 seems much more expensive on most sites/stores, but I've found one store where the FP2 is vastly cheaper than the 7vw. I know I can get the 7vw at any time as it seems to be in stock everywhere, but not sure if the FP2 is a limited offer (maybe one of the few advantages of a recession in this country??). It certainly seems harder tracking them down. Decisions, decisions.... I like both but can only have one ....... (for now!)
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Re: Necks on 7vw and 77FP2

I only played one for like 30 secs (it was steve's), but it was just the same o'l modern JEM neck.
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Re: Necks on 7vw and 77FP2

I have an '07 AANJ Jem neck on one of my guitars and the neck profile is very different than my older Jems. My FP is definitely fatter and rounder than the new Jem neck. Perhaps the FP2 is more like the old FP?
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-31-2011, 04:44 PM
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Re: Necks on 7vw and 77FP2

Hi Jam11,
I really love both, the VWH is my main workhorse and the 77FP2 stays home, but truth be told, the VWH is a hard axe to beat. I would recommend that, especially considering you could score a used one for a decent price. That guitar has looks, feel and sound that is unparalleled to few....which is prob why Vai has been using it for almost 20 yrs. The FP2 is a beauty, at least to me...but it is one expensive axe for what it is. Who knows how long it will be in production.
Post pics when you get your gtr!
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