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I currently own a 2011 Jem7V WH, but have always want one of the original Jems. Having played the originals, I know that they have a different sound and feel than the modern ones. Different neck, pickups, etc.. I got really excited when the 30th anniversary reissue were announced, but looking at the specs, they are very similar to the 7V WH I already own, with the exception of having a Basswood body and a maple fret board.

For those who played the 7V WH and the Jem777 30th Anniversary Reissue, how do the two compare? Is there any significant difference in the feel, sound and performance? $3500 is a lot of money to shell out for aesthetics alone. Taking out the fact that 777 are a limited run (and look really cool), would you recommend one over the other?

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Aside from a maple fretboard vs rosewood, I would expect everything else to feel exactly the same. At least as exact as two different configurations of wood can feel. As for sound, there's the basswood vs alder and maple vs rosewood conversation. I think the most pronounced difference you'd notice out of everything is in the aesthetics.
 

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First off, it depends on how picky your ears are and how good you rig is.

Alder bodies sound better, (fuller low end) to me.
Rosewood fretboards give a warmer tone.
Maple fretboards give a little brighter tone with more defined attack!

IMO
 

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I was keen on the 30th though not at the prices they're available here in the UK. I'd like an Ibanez 6-string and I'd like it to be some manner of 'Vai guitar', opportunity for a (second hand) 7VWH at 1/3 the price of the 30th popped up recently, so that was that!
 

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For someone with a VWH to be honest for $3500 i'd highly recommend looking at a different*(non-JEM/RG) Ibanez Prestige guitar altogether.*Or two. For example you could pickukp a "clearance" AR2619 in cherry and "blowout" JS1200 from Rich.*An AS200 and pocket $1500+. Good luck.
 

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Honestly having played the Jem7V (Alder/EVOs) and the Jem70V (Basswood/EVOs) side-by-side, I felt like there was no difference in tone at all. Keeping in mind that the alder Jem is capped in basswood, maybe the bit on top is all that matters (or none of it does). With that knowledge, it was kind of disappointing to me that they put EVOs in the Jem 30th instead of the PAF Pros.

I do really want a LNG, but why get a limited edition just to modify it (and spend even more money on it) or keep it stock just to sound like my 7V. I've realized that I mostly want it for aesthetic reasons. I want my next if not final guitar to have a maple fretboard and an OE if its going to be an Ibanez (kidding, its like almost always going to be an Ibby). I'd rather replace the Edge Pro on my 7V if I could.
 

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Thank you for the responses. I would still like to hear from someone who played both of them, but the posts so far confirm what I'm thinking. I agree with blkspade, I also basically want it for aesthetics, going back to wanting one when I was younger.

As far as getting a different guitar for the money, I already own the 5 below, which is why I'm having such a hard time justifying getting another Jem.

- Ibanez Jem7V
- Parker Fly Deluxe
- Peavey EVH Wolfgang Standard
- ESP EII Horizon III
- Fender Roadhouse Strat modified with X2N and Hot Rails PU
 

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Thank you for the responses. I would still like to hear from someone who played both of them
I got the 777LG last week. Is the first JEM I've owned but I've played the 7VWH a number of times at Guitar Center.

I feel there are a lot of similarities between the two guitars and semi-justified the investment in the 777 in that I was getting an Ibby with the thinner 6105 frets and Evo pickups ala the 7VWH which I had always wanted to own.

I do feel a slight sound difference with the maple fretboard versus the rosewood/ebonies on the 7VWH but overall both guitars play very similarly.

Note:since the JEM forum gets more readers than the pickups forum, would love if someone could assist me with the F size pickup question here:
http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f35/f-spaced-pickup-or-standard-for-neck-of-rg550-a-148378.html
 

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I currently own a 2011 Jem7V WH, but have always want one of the original Jems. Having played the originals, I know that they have a different sound and feel than the modern ones. Different neck, pickups, etc.. I got really excited when the 30th anniversary reissue were announced, but looking at the specs, they are very similar to the 7V WH I already own, with the exception of having a Basswood body and a maple fret board.

For those who played the 7V WH and the Jem777 30th Anniversary Reissue, how do the two compare? Is there any significant difference in the feel, sound and performance? $3500 is a lot of money to shell out for aesthetics alone. Taking out the fact that 777 are a limited run (and look really cool), would you recommend one over the other?

Thanks,

Gene
Hey Gene

I don't know if this is something you'd consider but you have another option. You can grab an 80's flower pattern for pretty cheap (I got my '89 77FP for $1,500.00). As near as I can tell they have the exact same specs as the vine fb versions of the 777's. You can leave it as is or refinish it to whatever color you want. Either way the specs are the same to the originals and you save a lot of $$$.
 

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After thinking about it for a week, I still couldn't get it out of my head. I seen the availability shrink and finally broke down and picked up the Jem777 LNG.

I can't link to pics yet because I don't have enough posts, but here are my thoughts on the two. First of all, I was really happy that the 777 felt quite a bit different from my 7V. The first thing I noticed is that 777 is a lighter guitar, probably because of the wood. The neck joint is obviously a big difference. I personally find the AANJ much more preferable as it give easy access to all the high frets, but there is a bit more stability with the plate. To my surprise the neck feels quite a bit different from the 7V. 777 has more of a matte finish and feels a bit thicker. The frets are situated a bit differently. I know that the specs are technically the same for the radius, but in my hand, they feel distinct. The trem on the 777 feels more stable, but that may just be a setup thing. Though the trem stopper on the 777 is probably what makes the difference.
In terms of sound, the 777 is a bit less twangy and bright. A bit more bassy, but still crisp. I haven't really put the two through a thorough sound comparison yet, but they are different enough to make me feel that I didn't just get another of what I already had.

I'm very happy with the purchase. The 777 looks and plays amazing and I will be keeping both of the guitars. :)
 

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That sounds pretty cool then. I just wish more videos would pop up of people playing these things already.
 

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I'll have two 777 reissues (SK and DY) in a couple days so I will be playing them with a 2010 7Vwh here at the studio. I'll check back in and let you know what I find. I have a couple 505's that have a subtle difference with the 7V, and I attribute that to the bridge and the Maple neck. They're all Evo's. The maple is a bit brighter with the 505's. Love em both. Subtle difference. I feel like the 505 is more of a players guitar, while I call the 7Vwh Priscilla, cuz i't definitely from Graceland, versatile, professional and able to many tones and styles.
 

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Hey hey

Got my 777SK Reissue, and had a chance to play it last night. It is sweet!

These are just opinions, and everybody's got one - but here goes:

1. The action from J-Craft is higher than I like. The E was at 2mm, and I like to have my guitars set up at 1.25 to 1.5.

2. The neck is thicker than my 505's (maple necks) and definitely thicker than a 7v.

3. The 777 feels more "Rock n roll" while the 7V is more slinky. It actually feels like an 1987 guitar to me. The neck profile has changed with Ibanez. I often use prestige necks on my swirls, and they are even thinner than a 7v. Is one better than the other? Hmmm. Feels more like a gibson neck than the newer ibanez IMHO

4. The pickups and electronics sound great! But, that be said - my 505 with Evo2's has more crunch and midrange. WTF? Maybe cuz I used thicker wiring? This one is very strange to me....

But, I love it. It's a wonderful guitar - and for $500 more, I would throw down for a 30th as it will hold it's value way better in the future. There's a lot of 7v's around with all the years of production.

That's my report!
 

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Thanks Bluedot. I agree with you on all counts regarding the neck and action. According to the Ibanez site, the necks should be the same, but they are clearly not. Also, right on about 7V being more slinky. The 7V is overall a better designed guitar, especially with the AANJ and the accessibility it provides to the higher frets. What are your thoughts on the bridge stability with the stopper on the 777?

I do love my 777 thought and am really happy I got it. Worth the extra $500 for sure.
Now the question is should I keep my 7V or sell it?
 

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Friends....I am in market for my first Jem and clueless as to which model to get. I am a pro guitar player and always dug a floyd Rose even though my main axe was a Les Paul into a Mesa Boogie. I noticed on Sweetwatres site they have a Beautiful black & red floral Jem 77. see desription below

Ibanez JEM77 Steve Vai Signature - Floral Pattern 2
Solidbody Electric Guitar with Basswood Body, 5-pc Maple/Walnut Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 1 Single-coil Pickup, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Floral Pattern. $3499

My only concern was this review:

The only thing keeping this from 5 stars is the neck joint. It is beyond me (and most Ibanez fans) as to WHY they decided to go with the old 1980's style neck joint instead of the MUCH better AANJ (All Access Neck Joint) that they use now and have been for years. The AANJ allows for much easier access to the higher frets. MUCH easier to play than this style . I assume Ibanez went with the old style because the original JEM Floral pattern guitar had it.Other than that it is awesome! Fantastic tone, great wizard neck and sustain. I really love it and play it ALMOST as much as my JEM 7V (which has the AANJ). Great addition to the JEM line up.

They also have a Jem7V in white for $2999.

What does the Jem777 have over these two guitars?

Which locking tremelo is considered the best?

Should I be looking at older Jems on Ebay and if so, any specific model/year?

Can't thank you enough for your advice.

Peace

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The Jem777 are a 30th year anniversary limited reissue of the original 1987 Jem. At this point just about all of them are on back order. They are amazing instruments that have a lot of nostalgic value. It was actually the only guitar I ever bought for purely sentimental reasons. You can check out a couple of posts above to see the differences between 777 and 7V.

One thing to note, is that 777 will likely hold their value a lot more than the 7V due to their limited availability. You can pick up a 7V on eBay in great condition for ~$1500.

 

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Friends....I am in market for my first Jem and clueless as to which model to get. I am a pro guitar player and always dug a floyd Rose even though my main axe was a Les Paul into a Mesa Boogie. I noticed on Sweetwatres site they have a Beautiful black & red floral Jem 77. see desription below

Ibanez JEM77 Steve Vai Signature - Floral Pattern 2
Solidbody Electric Guitar with Basswood Body, 5-pc Maple/Walnut Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 1 Single-coil Pickup, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Floral Pattern. $3499

My only concern was this review:

The only thing keeping this from 5 stars is the neck joint. It is beyond me (and most Ibanez fans) as to WHY they decided to go with the old 1980's style neck joint instead of the MUCH better AANJ (All Access Neck Joint) that they use now and have been for years. The AANJ allows for much easier access to the higher frets. MUCH easier to play than this style . I assume Ibanez went with the old style because the original JEM Floral pattern guitar had it.Other than that it is awesome! Fantastic tone, great wizard neck and sustain. I really love it and play it ALMOST as much as my JEM 7V (which has the AANJ). Great addition to the JEM line up.

They also have a Jem7V in white for $2999.

What does the Jem777 have over these two guitars?

Which locking tremelo is considered the best?

Should I be looking at older Jems on Ebay and if so, any specific model/year?

Can't thank you enough for your advice.

Peace

BobbyD
yes, try to get the original 1988 or same era floral jem as its an iconic and beautifully made and sounding guitar. its considered by many to be the best electric guitar ever made and i agree, especially with the dimarzio paf pro pickups-its a monster guitar and very versatile for any genre of music, even jazz! truly superb instrument. its costly though because its vintage now. theres like 4 of them on reveb.com right now for sale. check out a video on youtube on the 1988 floral jem model called" is the ibanez 1988 jem the best guitar ever made" by a guy named max and youll see what i mean. i watched it once and was convinced that it is the best guitar ever made, hands down in my humble opinion. im looking for the 1988 one and if i cant get it ill settle for the same model in a different year..be well.
 
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