Up for sale, a 1997 Ibanez JEM7 BSB Steve Vai signature electric guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A discontinued model made in Japan at the Fujigen factory, the JEM7 BSB features an American basswood body with distinctive “Monkey Grip” handle, a maple neck, and a rosewood fretboard with screw head inlay.
The HSH pickup array includes DiMarzio Evolution humbuckers and centrally located single coil, designed for maximum impact and power. The neck pickup is fat, punchy and loud, while the bridge is tight, aggressive and louder. Both pickups have DiMarzio’s dual-resonance configuration to reproduce more harmonic overtones than conventional humbuckers, while their excellent presence and definition help slice right 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 clear, complex-sounding cleans. The guitar weighs 7lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 9-42 strings, slinky action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a particularly slender and shred-worthy "JEM" D-shaped profile carve, measuring .770" deep at the 1st fret and .835" at the 12th. The slab 24 fret rosewood fretboard features screw head inlay, with 6105 fretwire that shows only very light wear on the crowns beneath the plain strings on frets 1-6 and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays effortlessly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck, ideally adjusted truss rod, and Ibanez's All Access Neck Joint, contoured at the heel for unparalleled access to the highest frets. The fretboard radius is 17“, and the locking nut measures 43mm (1 11/16“) in width. The headstock features matte gray tuners and locking nut, ensuring optimal tuning stability with even the most extreme divebombs.
On the body, all of the electronics function flawlessly, with a five-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone knobs governing the DiMarzio HSH pickup array. The Edge Pro tremolo was manufactured by Gotoh for Ibanez, providing the fast response and snap you need to pull off sharp bends and flutters. The tremolo and pickup pole pieces show a light speckling of surface patina. A brushed aluminum pickguard compliments the BSB satin finish, and this unique finish (despite its Burnt Stained Blue name) has a distinctive green appearance. Cosmetic wear is limited to some small dings on the body perimeter and a couple slivers of wear through the finish on the lower bout and edges of the body horns. The satin finish on the neck profile is flawless.
A hardshell case is included.