NGD: Bought my first JEM from a guy at a bar (7vwh) - Jemsite
Ibanez JEM, UV, JS & Other Signature Models For discussion of Ibanez JEM, Universe and JS (Satriani) guitars only.

  • 1 Post By MarinoJEM
  • 1 Post By frehley2112
  • 1 Post By FireEagle
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-03-2018, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 1
NGD: Bought my first JEM from a guy at a bar (7vwh)

Hey guys

So the past years I've been playing mostly 7string and downtuned guitars through an AXE FX II hooked on to monitors.
Dare I say the word Djent.
I spent more time behind my computer than actually playing, and I didn't really enjoy playing that much anymore.
I also found myself playing standard tuning stuff transposed on a Drop C or Drop G# which is ridiculous.

Before that I played a JS90HAM in beat up player condition which I unfortunately sold (I am 6ft5 and it really is just too small for me).

So I sold my AXE FX and monitors and bought a JSX head and threw it on my old cab through my old pedals.
Damn, that is a cool amp.

Now I had some money left from the AXE FX II sale and need a standard tuning 6 string.
I wanted to stay on a budget, maybe a used RG550 or so.
But then I saw a JEM7vwh from 2007 online for 1200 Euros. Poorly advertised as "Ibanez Steve Vai JEM7vwh", so people searching for the term "Ibanez JEM" couldn't find it, as I was doing at first as well.

This ad had been up for over 5 months. I offered 1000 Euros and he agreed.
The address he gives me is about an hour away from my house and when I get there, he sends me another address saying he got the wrong number the first time.
Obviously this was weird, who gets their own housenumber wrong?

Saturday,I pull up to the address and its a ****ty brown bar.
I stand outside and a guy walks up with a prestige case (I was already happy the case was legit, because I've seen some fake ones).
He says, you coming in for a drink mate?
He greets the owner of the bar, with which he was obviously familiar, and says 'we're gonna go the back a sec, ok?'.
So into the backroom we go.

This guitar STANK of cigarettes and what I can only describe as a combination between ass and 'old people house'.
Like almost vomit inducing when you bring it up to your nose.
I am a smoker too, but my guitars dont smell like that, jesus christ.
At first I wasn't sure if it was the ****ty backroom or the guitar.
I read about these JEM7vwh's not turning yellow, and it must be true, for this guitar must have faced some terrible smoke/fumes/odors.

His amp was in storage because he had a "his house was being renovated". That's also why we met at the bar.
Alarming, again.
He was also moving to China next week he said.

I already haggled him down to 1000 euros (1150 usd) which is a steal, at least where I live.
If anything I could probably sell it for more after I get rid of the smell.
It was definitely no fake, but I had a very funny feeling not being able to even plug it in.

I was 50% sure I was being scammed somehow but I did it anyway, I did ask his contact details but he could easily write something bogus.

So I go on home.

I threw away the strap and anything else stinky that I didnt need anymore.
I put the case outside, open, to air it out.
It's been there since saturday.
It still smells horrendous.

The smell on the guitar cleaned off pretty quickly -THANK GOD- and I put new strings on.
The guys said there were 10s on it so I put 10s on, as he said the bridge was set up 'recently' by a pro.

And what do you know...
It plays, sounds, and looks AWESOME. There is one little ding and a tiny bit of rust on the saddles from his sweaty hands.
I do believe he didnt play it much.

I am freaking psyched to finally own a JEM (I've been drooling over them since I was 15 years old, and playing them at musicstores any chance I get).
In the end it seems that all is well, and I got it for a steal, I think.

-Cautiously optimistic that nothing bad turns up later, woohoo.
Attached Images
File Type: png jem.png (1.11 MB, 73 views)
FireEagle likes this.
MarinoJEM is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-03-2018, 01:02 PM
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Madrid, Spain
Posts: 15
Re: NGD: Bought my first JEM from a guy at a bar (7vwh)

Happy NGD!
That is a steal and a beauty. I can relate to the thrill of finally getting your first Jem. Be careful, it's addictive.
MarinoJEM likes this.
frehley2112 is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-04-2018, 11:38 AM
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Kansas
Posts: 2,155
Re: NGD: Bought my first JEM from a guy at a bar (7vwh)

Awesome... One of the classiest axes ever made! Enjoy!
MarinoJEM likes this.
FireEagle is online  

jem , ngd , smoke , steal , white

Quick Reply

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


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:


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
NGD: Finally bought a JEM 7VWH ScottM Ibanez JEM, UV, JS & Other Signature Models 12 01-11-2017 03:52 PM
Looking for the guy I bought my Jem from around around 2003-04 from this site.. MartinQBowlingII Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods 3 05-17-2013 07:21 PM
Just Bought My First Jem! ShastyMcJasty Ibanez JEM, UV, JS & Other Signature Models 6 06-10-2004 09:55 AM
Just bought my first JEM weserman Ibanez JEM, UV, JS & Other Signature Models 26 02-17-2003 04:06 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