Up for sale, a 1994 Ibanez JEM7V Steve Vai signature model in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original molded hardshell case. Crafted in Japan at the Fujigen factory as part of Ibanez’s top-tier J Craft series, the JEM7V is a discontinued model featuring an alder body with a basswood veneer and monkey grip, a maple neck, and a slab 24 fret ebony fretboard with elaborate Tree of Life inlay and scalloping on the last four frets.
The HSH pickup array includes DiMarzio Evolution humbuckers and a centrally located Evolution single coil, designed for maximum impact, power, and versatility. The neck pickup is fat and punchy, while the bridge is tight and aggressive. Both pickups have DiMarzio’s dual-resonance configuration to reproduce more harmonic overtones than conventional humbuckers, while their excellent presence and definition help slice through the densest mix. With five-way switching and the ability to pair the single coil with either humbucker for greater clarity and top-end snap, this JEM has a broad tonal spectrum, ideal for singing high gain or pristine, complex-sounding cleans. Weighing 8lbs 1oz, we’ve had this JEM7V professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, slinky action and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has Ibanez’s proprietary JEM Prestige carve, a slender D-shaped profile with ample shoulder and a lightning fast satin finish, measuring .760” deep at the 1st fret and .850” at the 12th. The slab ebony fretboard features Tree of Life inlay, and the last four frets of the 24 fret board are scalloped. The stock 6105 fretwire exhibits no wear, ostensibly lightly leveled and crowned. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The Top Lok III locking nut measures 1 11/16” in width, offering optimal stability coupled with the Lo-Pro Edge tremolo. On the matching headstock, the gold Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.
On the body, all of the electronics function as intended, with a five-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone knobs governing the DiMarzio HSH pickup array. The Lo-Pro Edge tremolo, manufactured for Ibanez by Gotoh, offers exceptional responsiveness for deep dives, with light patina on the gold plating. The pearloid pickguard has yellowed and retains good dimension in the material, and the pair of knobs are similarly deeply yellowed.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss White finish is limited to some light buckle rash on the bass side of the back, a handful of minor dings on the body as a whole, and finish checking at the corners of the neck pocket. The smooth satin finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original Ibanez J. Craft-branded molded hardshell case is included.