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As successfull as the JEM range has been it seem interest is dwindling, the current models are uninspiring and the re-hash of the DBK into a super expensive "exactly the same but with a fragile chrome finish" model does not seem to being the JEM lineage any favours.

Why can't they do a genuinely unique guitar say every 5 years to keep the competition at bay? I mean in the 20 odd years since the 777LNG Jackson has evolved the Soloist to quite a different instrument from the early models, embracing different pickup manufacturers and neck designs, electronics and woods in keeping with artists/customers desires, where as the JEM has had new pickups and a new neck joint (was that 12 years ago?) but essentially is unchanged (excusing the VWH alder body of course).

The JEM these days is seen more as Ibanez' top of the range rock guitar than merely a signature model, even Mr Vai has numerous better designed JEM's than we can buy, so why not give us the legendary JEM with modern updates?

Why can't we get a JEM with a thru neck? Why can't we get a sustainer like Vai's? Why can't we have active electronics or say EMG's? Why can't we have MORE colour and fretboard options per model?

Why can't we ditch the aweful 555 and have a new JEM model in its place?

True, Ibanez may not want to release such things on a JEM so why not on new model? I mean the RG with the Roland Gk pickup is a little late in the day, Fender where doing that in the late 80's and nobody really uses it any more, where as the sustainer is almost standard equipment as are in some cases active electronics and different fretboard woods.

Maybe I am missing some marketing point, but nothing upsets me more than going into a music shop looking at say a 77FP or RMBR and having some rich nonce buying a PRS say "don't bother with that mate it's just a fancy RG550"!
 

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GuitarAkuma said:
What are they? Hopefully not another DBK with a different top! Lets get back to the days of looking through the Ibanez catalogue and going "WOW I gotta get me one of these!" :)
Well considering they are BOTH anniversary models, they will probably be quite exqisite (and quite EXPENSIVE;)
 

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Its been a long time since we had any anniversary guitars worth their money, the last one I can remember being worth it was the legendary JEM10 and of course the original ChromeBoy and the JEMDNA, but the JEM90? The RGMETAL was far away a superiour guitar :)
 

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morgtahna said:
The big WHY NOT here is that JEM is a signature model. That is why it doesn't evolve how customers would propably wan't it to. It's how Mr. Vai want's it to be. Simple as that.
Pretty much what I was going to say. Although I love the sustainer idear.
 

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A Jem with a figured top would be nice. How about one with a swamp ash body? While we're at it, I think it's time for a new UV as well. (or maybe keeping the UV and making one similar to the Jem 10th with a mirror pickguard to match the UV)
 

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I think atleast one model will be waay out there. Like, completely different. Mainly because I see Vai and Ibanez looking at all the custom made jems and UVs out there and while they are mostly very cool, it wouldn't be a shock to see one of them put into production ya know? I mean, a reissue wouldn't be something spectacular cause we see custom made reissues all the time. And we all know that Vai would rather release something that's completely different anyway. Now, seeing how there are going to be two of them, one might be out there and the other one might be what the fans want, like a reissue.

I would like to see both models to be connected somehow, Like if you put them next to each other, they match up or something ya know?
 

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GuitarAkuma said:
As successfull as the JEM range has been it seem interest is dwindling, the current models are uninspiring and the re-hash of the DBK into a super expensive "exactly the same but with a fragile chrome finish" model does not seem to being the JEM lineage any favours.

Why can't they do a genuinely unique guitar say every 5 years to keep the competition at bay? I mean in the 20 odd years since the 777LNG Jackson has evolved the Soloist to quite a different instrument from the early models, embracing different pickup manufacturers and neck designs, electronics and woods in keeping with artists/customers desires, where as the JEM has had new pickups and a new neck joint (was that 12 years ago?) but essentially is unchanged (excusing the VWH alder body of course).

The JEM these days is seen more as Ibanez' top of the range rock guitar than merely a signature model, even Mr Vai has numerous better designed JEM's than we can buy, so why not give us the legendary JEM with modern updates?

Why can't we get a JEM with a thru neck? Why can't we get a sustainer like Vai's? Why can't we have active electronics or say EMG's? Why can't we have MORE colour and fretboard options per model?

Why can't we ditch the aweful 555 and have a new JEM model in its place?

True, Ibanez may not want to release such things on a JEM so why not on new model? I mean the RG with the Roland Gk pickup is a little late in the day, Fender where doing that in the late 80's and nobody really uses it any more, where as the sustainer is almost standard equipment as are in some cases active electronics and different fretboard woods.

Maybe I am missing some marketing point, but nothing upsets me more than going into a music shop looking at say a 77FP or RMBR and having some rich nonce buying a PRS say "don't bother with that mate it's just a fancy RG550"!
Great post!! Iv'e said this before, Ibanez quit making Jems (for me) back in '02 with the new trem change. Here's a funny comparison, my friend just bought a new 28 thousand dollar Harley Davidson and had to change/buy a new carb. because the one that came on it wasn't "really" the one recomended for that model. That's like (to me) buying a new Jem and having to buy/install the locking trem-post screws. I dont mind spending the money, two grand or more for a good guitar. I love the Jems that I have left after owning 7 of them at the same time.

Iv'e traded/sold 4 of them instead of buying Ibanez. Since then, Iv'e bought a Epi Zakk Wylde Custom, Jackson Randy Rhoads, EBMM EVH and I,m going sell my EP7 to put towards an EVH Charvel. I love my older Jems, but it doesn't look good for them in my buying future.............
 

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buddroyce said:
A Jem with a figured top would be nice. How about one with a swamp ash body? While we're at it, I think it's time for a new UV as well. (or maybe keeping the UV and making one similar to the Jem 10th with a mirror pickguard to match the UV)
Agreed on a new UV. I would love to see a new UV. The UV777BK has been running since '98. 7 years now. I think it's time. :)
 

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In response to previous posts, the JEm range has remained largely unchanged for nearly 20 years BUT Mr Vai's requirements HAVE NOT hence he has some beautiful custom JEMs that are way different from the shop models,just look at the Bad Horsie JEM model fiasco which is released to us not as Vai's super JEM but a DBK with a plastic chromed top!

An new UV would be cool, do you think at last we can have the monkey grip?? how about a thru neck model with a mahogany neck and body? Imagine the sustain!
 

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There are more then one Bad Horsie JEM, but all the others are prototypes. While the Chrome one is the official bad horsie, the others are often called Bad Horsies for simplicity and....well, because they are more deserving of the name :wink:
 

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A fixed bridge Jem or sustainer Jem would be the only 2 options besides new colour combinations i'd like to see.

I think adding a figured top would change what the Jem *is*, i dunno why i think it'd just give the guitar too much of a vintage look.

Just my opinion anyway. I wish they did a Jem without the money grip tbh lol.
 
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