Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Re: Steve Vai's modified 777's
That green Jem is the final prototype of the Jem. It's the very first Jem that has the complete shape and details of the Jem as we know it.
It has a hand carved lions claw. It also used to have an original LNG neck, but that one broke during a tour, so it got replaced with the neck you see on it now. The guitar was given away long ago, but came back into Steve's possession a few years ago along with the original broken neck, after it's owner wanted to sell it. I actually came pretty close to buying it myself, but thankfully Steve wanted it back, where it really belongs.
It's now on loan to that museum.
I have a few decent pictures of it somewhere, I had a chance to play with it back in 09 I think, when it was just coming back to Steve and was with Mikey to be photographed.
The original strings from that tour were still on it.
A very unique piece of Jem history.