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Hi Jem fanatics,

Big news!

Australian Guitar (Next Media) will be publishing cover story/interview with Steve Vai in the upcoming weeks. At this stage two versions of the interview will appear: a 2500-word feature, and (potentially) a full 7000-word warts-and-all transcription loaded into a CD/DVD ROM 'tip-on' stuck to the cover. Inside both is some great news for Ibanez Jem fans: two upcoming models, and an insight into one of Steve's upcoming prototypes.

So here it is, straight from Steve Vai's mouth:

1) Bad Horsie Jem. Steve describes it as "a really cool guitar that's going to be available...it'll kick off at NAMM in LA in January...beautiful...black (with) a sort of mirror front to it". Dot/lit inlays? Factory detuned? Who knows. That's as much as he revealed. Ibanez seems to have cured the chrome/mirrored 'hazing' issue that prevented the same model from surfacing during the last winter NAMM. Looks to be a 2005 model, then.

...ok, are you sitting down?

2) FIXED BRIDGE JEM!!!!!
Steve: "We're working on a Jem that doesn't have a locking system..."
AG: "...A fixed-bridge Jem?!"
Steve: "Yeah, it'll be a fixed-bridge Jem."
Colour? Specs? Expected release? He didn't say. (As a personal note, I've been waiting a looong time for this model...)

3) Seven-string 'strat' custom one-off
Steve revealed that after his next release, he'll be digging back into seven-string territory for a "concept" he has, involving a "seven-string 'strat' that Ibanez is building for me right now". Steve didn't elaborate on the meaning of the term "strat" (I'm guessing a non-RG/Universe shaped seven-string) but he did affirm that it will NOT be a production model.

How do I know this information? During Steve's recent Aussie tour, I helped a collegue conduct the interview (my life changed at precisely 3.40pm on Thursday July 22nd when Steve Vai rang me in person to commence the interview! I'll never wash this ear, or my phone, again...) and subedited the 7000-word interview down to size for the main feature.

I understand this info might sound far-fetched coming from a Jemsite newbie, but these above claims will be published in hard ink in the next few weeks (in Oz only). If I can ease the concerns of AG editor Justin Law in regards to copyright, I'll try talking him into supplying an image or two from AG's exclusive cover shoot of Steve posing with a customised Aussie Flag RG as proof. (Sorry about the upload issues, Jemsite admin - I'm not good with PCs).

Alex J
Australian Guitar contributor (and Ibanez fanatic)

PS. After reading tons of great stuff on jemsite for a long time, it's only fair I share this cool scoop with you guys who will (hopefully) appreciate it and find it as exciting news as I do.
 

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Thats freakin awesome news. I think I may have to buy one of those. Keep us posted on the realease of the interview, as I would love to have a read :)
 

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Great news.
If the fixed bridge jem is a string through proper fixed bridge (not FX Edge - I can get that by blocking my trem) I'll be getting one.
Keeping my fingers crossed it's like a jemified 621 but better.
If not, my next purchase will be a PGM301.

ilia
 

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Please let there be a lefty, please let there be a lefty, please let there be a lefty, please let there be a lefty, please let there be a lefty, please let there be a lefty, please let there be a lefty, please let there be a lefty ......

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André
 

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Good to know but seems they aren't gonna be my cup of tea.

On the other hand.... Take the arm of your trem off and you've got a fix bridge. :roll:
 

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rufes said:
Good to know but seems they aren't gonna be my cup of tea.

On the other hand.... Take the arm of your trem off and you've got a fix bridge. :roll:
that is until you bend a string while another is still vibrating...
 

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Would the release both of them at the same time?

Would they both be MIJ models?

I dont think Im buying none of them new (ibanez prices are hardly affordable to buy them new). Instead, I m going to wait for a used one to come across. :wink:

Im not getting the fixed bridge one unless its a neckthrough. But I will get the mirrored jem sooner or later :twisted:
 

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This could be good news for the Jem/Universe line. It certainly needs a kick in the ass to get going again. However I cringe that the prices will be rediculous. Hope this thing isn't another glorified DBK.

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Seeing as it will replace the DBK - I'm sure that apart from the paint job (midnight custard vs reflective surface) and probably the pickups this WILL be the DBK.
Basswood body, wizard neck with dots, chrome hardware..........

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These are nice changes but the 'chrome' JEM was expected to be out already based on a past interview if I'm not mistaken. Ibanez has to have all their "ducks in a row" if these are going to be unveiled at the time Vai expects them to be.

My guess is that these won't be additions to the line. I bet the fixed-bridge will replace the DBK but will be marked at the same pricepoint though. I wouldn't be surprised if the 'chrome' JEM would replace the VSBL and marked up.

Personally, I would like to see these as two new additions to the JEM line. It'll add a little more excitement and for dealers that are willing to stock or display a range of these higher-end Ibanez models, it'll make for a more attention grabbing display. It would also give Ibanez more to work with in their catalog layout for the Vai models. This might be somewhat practical for a year or two - especially if there would happen to be (dare I say) overstock, but I doubt that'll be the case.

I can't afford 'em at this time but I'm still looking forward to their intro.

Mike 777 Haug
 

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My guess is that these won't be additions to the line. I bet the fixed-bridge will replace the DBK but will be marked at the same pricepoint though. I wouldn't be surprised if the 'chrome' JEM would replace the VSBL and marked up.
Unlikely IMHO. The entry level jem needs to be a double locker. A lot of people suggested that the chrome/mirrored jem would be the new entry level jem. I m not sure about this either. I guess we eill have to wait and see.

I really wish that the mirrored/chromed jem is backrouted with a clear pickguard over the mirrored finish. The can use a mirrored pickguard, but it will loo cheaper.
 

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Allen Garrow said:
This could be good news for the Jem/Universe line. It certainly needs a kick in the ass to get going again. However I cringe that the prices will be rediculous. Hope this thing isn't another glorified DBK.

~A
 

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When You said Bad Horsie Jem I thought you were going to say they were incorperating a wah pedal into the Jem :lol:

That is exciting news, Though I'll have to wait a few years and get a used one.
 

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I just can't believe that Steve would give up, which might possibly be, the biggest winter NAMM news 5 months ahead of time.
I think Ibanez would be majorly pissed.
But hey, I'll start saving up for a bad horsie, just in case. :D

Brian
 

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I just can't believe that Steve would give up, which might possibly be, the biggest winter NAMM news 5 months ahead of time.
I think Ibanez would be majorly pissed.
But hey, I'll start saving up for a bad horsie, just in case. :D

Brian
Maybe by letting a little news slip, it builds the hype and gets people like me putting aside money ahead of time.(nickel and penny wraps anyone?) :lol:
 
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