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Steve Vai did say in a Sweetwater interview something about the JEM implying something new, or different. He was vague on the matter, but the potential for something interesting to happen is there. Predictions are welcome as well as specific information about the entire lineup. All are welcome. :) When Vai says something about a JEM for 2020, speculation season has begun...
 

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Never too early for next year's NAMM thread :lol:.

I expect 2020 to be a big year for Ibanez, bringing in the new decade. All i wanna see is a new UV. It's been too long without a proper Vai 7 in the lineup. More flame/quilt prestiges would be nice too. That vintage violin flame finish looks too good on an RG not to be permanently available. Guess we'll see.
 

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With Brexit and Star Wars on the horizon, Rich, if you have any "bread crumbs" to drop they might prove to be therapeutic during these uncertain times. :plain: Aston Martin makes the greatest cars on Earth, your car may have been the pinnacle! :smile2:
 

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Steve is using a sustainer now for 20 years. And seems to do very frequently at the moment. I'd say it's about time for this in a stock Jem. Joe has his sustaniac and patents don't last forever if Fernandes won't do it. Or is there any reason why this is not possible?
 

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Steve is using a sustainer now for 20 years. And seems to do very frequently at the moment. I'd say it's about time for this in a stock Jem. Joe has his sustaniac and patents don't last forever if Fernandes won't do it. Or is there any reason why this is not possible?
If there is a reason beyond "Steve didn't want a Sustainer in his signature model guitar" it probably isn't a technical reason. The Sustaniac installation process is less straightforward than a normal pickup, to put it mildly, but the people at Manic Music who make the Sustainiac really have the JEM sorted out. https://www.sustainiac.com/prpickgd.htm#pickguards

Ibanez can be unpredictable in their decisions regarding their product lines. That is the best I can do.
 

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It's going to be a huge announcement, not minor additions or changes to existing guitars. All I've been able to get out of the Ibanez people is that it's big and they won't say any more.
My guess is an Ibanez dedicated guitar factory in Japan. This would have a huge, and hopefully positive, impact on what they would be able to produce in Japan which includes guitars that do not yet exist. While this may sound silly, Ibanez has never really had a "home" as far as I am aware. A building with their name on it because that is where they build their guitars has value, like a "home" has value.

It could also be price increases across the board...:plain:
 

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I hope the Genesis line continues. Sad that the RG521 was cut last year. It might do better with other color options. The RG570 too. But sales numbers maybe I'm wrong.
One of the triple mini-hum Firemen would be cool too; the purple one or the one that looks like the FRM150 would be nice.
As for the Jem a new MIJ model in a never-done-before finish would probably make a lot of people happy.
 

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Still hoping/dreaming for an Ibanez custom or semi-custom shop.

I know, I know, it'll never happen, but it feels good to say it out loud once or twice a year.
 
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