JEM-JR Steve Vai Signature review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.8 (84 votes)
Ibanez: JEM-JR Steve Vai Signature
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Price paid: $ 300

Sound — 9
I play rock music. I do some metal riffs and some clean plucking and some overdrive distortion soloing. The guitar has lovely sound on all of these areas. The distortion is a little thick and heavy for the humbuckers. I am using a sony ta-1630 amp with a Zoom G2 multi-effects pedal. The sound is bright, but not too much. The volume on the single coil is a little low though.

It has almost no noise at all ever at high volume. It doesn't even show any noise when playing with a high gain distortion pedal.

Overall Impression — 9
Great deal for it's price. A new JEM JR. Will cost you about 450 US dollars. If you want an Ibanez, at this price, it is much better than the GRZs. Besides, it's a different feeling when you own a Jem. People may say to you, it's not a real jem. But if it's made by Ibanez and says "Jem" on it, than it's a Jem. And you can't beat a jem.

Reliability & Durability — 9
Because of being a Floyd Rose bridge, tuning the guitar is an ART. The tuning stays for a long time, even if you do some hard strumming and a lot of pulling. Tuning requires adjusting about once a month, which isn't bad. The tremelos is strong, I have dropped it a few times without breaking it.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar has fantastic finishing. No flaws at all. The pick-ups are fine. I bought it second hand, so there were some scratches from picks but no real damage. This pick-up selector works smoothly, you can change pick-up position during a song and not effect the sound quality or introduce any noise.

Features — 10
Ibanez JEM JR. Is a beautiful guitar. It's basically a cheaper twin (much cheaper) of JEM 555 (a cousin of JEM 777). The guitar was made for those Who peoples Who loves jems but can't afford one. But it still is a jem. It is 24 frets, a Floyd Rose bridge. Mine was made in Japan in 2005. It has passive electronics. It is 2 humbuckers and 1 single coil pick-ups. It also has locking tuners.

17 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Coldmystery
    OMG Not a real JEM? It may not be a JEM you like.. but it is what it's called. And Ibanez calls it a Jem. Therefor it's a Jem numbnuts.
    Ash_Lawrence
    Well...it may be crappy but it's still a "Jem". Referring to an unofficial website doesn't really prove anything...
    Shredaintdead
    I've owned several original jems, just bought a Jr 555, made in Korea serial # 00090997, and I'm tellin' ya it's so close to the same as the original Jems that it's not worth talking about! Been playing solid for 33 years, owned dozens of vintage Fenders and Gibsons. I'm telling ya, if I'm butchering the "Attitude Song" on this guitar, or an original Jem 777, you couldn't tell the difference! Most of you guys use way too much dirt and have absolutely no concept of real tone anyway! Fact!
    mi2tom
    It might not be a real jem but it's catered for someone who's broke
    ivan_2894
    It is NOT a REAL Jem! Real Jem are made in Japan. YOU pretenders kill me with what crap! The REAL Ibanez's ARE MADE IN J A P A N ! ! ! the korians and the indonisian Ibbys Are made by other companys ! HOSHINO= IBANEZ(JAPAN) and cort and world ( KOREA and Idonisia)= C R A P! ! ! ! ! !
    not everyone can afford a jap ibanez , but i'm sure no one is so idiot as to say that korean/indonesian ones are better or match the japanese
    JEM333
    HEY YOU GUYS!!... JEM JR IS NOT A FAKE IBANEZ... AND WHAT MATTERS MOST IS THAT IF YOU HAVE THE SKILL TO PLAY THE GUITAR!... I KNOW MOST OF YOU DOES ALL THE TALKING BUT DONT HAVE THE GUTS!!!.. I PLAY MY JEM JR FOR 4MONTH NOW, I PLAY IT WITH FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND TENDER SURRENDER,... I CHALLENGE YOU GUYS THAT HAVE JEMS THAT MADE IN JAPAN.. POST YOUR VIDS ON YOUTUBE AND LETS SEE WHAT YOU GOT!!.. DONT JUST TALK SHOW IT!!!.... WHATS THE PURPOSE OF YOUR JEMS IF CANT PLAY STEVE VAI, JOE SAT, PAUL G & ETC... FOR SHORT YOU AS THE OWNER OF YOUR JEMS SUUUCCCCCKKKKKSSSSS!!!!!
    JEM333
    I PLAY IT WITH STEVE VAIs SONGS AND IT SOUNDS GREAT AND ORIGINAL... ITS ON THE PLAYERS HAND ON HOW TO USE IT.. AND ITS NOT FAKE, IT GOES THERE THAT JEM JRs ARE MADE SO THAT THOSE WHO CANT AFFORD JEMS IN A HIGHER PRICE CAN AFFORD THIS JEM JR.. ALMOST PEOPLE HAVE JEMs ARE MADE IN JAPAN CANT EXACTLY PLAY STEVE VAIs songs... they are just fan of steve vai not a player... i challenge you guys, post your vids on youtube...hahha.. im sure you cant play it right... goodluck!
    DavyH
    Irrespective of whether it's a 'real' Jem or not, a 9.2 rating compared to 9.7 for a VWH is ridiculous. This is a budget copy of a high-end guitar and does NOT warrant a similar rating. 6.5, tops.
    ibanezist
    It is NOT a REAL Jem! Real Jem are made in Japan. YOU pretenders kill me with what crap! The REAL Ibanez's ARE MADE IN J A P A N ! ! ! the korians and the indonisian Ibbys Are made by other companys ! HOSHINO= IBANEZ(JAPAN) and cort and world ( KOREA and Idonisia)= C R A P! ! ! ! ! !
    JulAhmed
    I have one, and it's awesome for the price. Mine was made in Indonesia (2007 with Edge III) and I don't encounter any problem with it
    Genius_92
    look imoeng are u sad a or something u really hav something against jem555 don't u. wot do u hav against dem? look if it says Ibanez jem on it it's a jem end of u can't say anthin different.
    liquid85
    It is "real". Ibanez makes both the jem 333 and the jem 555 in korea just like other rgs. These guitars are marketed over seas, not here. Go to the Ibanez website click on the philipeans, and you will see the 333 (jr) and the 555. They may not be the best jems, but the have wizard 2 necks and edge 3 tremelos. So if you were looking for a mid range rg and like the jem go for it.
    >1B4N3Z<
    hm ibanezist is right. but this guitar is nice to play. my friend has one. and to that other dude. how come you dont like ibanez but you actually bothered to look at the guitars and comment?? not picking for an arguement. just curious.
    6DOIT
    Umm actually a Jem555 made before 1995?? has Jem Jr writen on it i believe. I may be way off with the year though.