JEM7V Steve Vai Signature review by Ibanez

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.2 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.9 (360 votes)
Ibanez: JEM7V Steve Vai Signature

Price paid: $ 2242.8

Purchased from: Emporio Musicale

Sound — 8
Thanks to the Di Marzio Evolution pickups wich the JEM 7V is armed with, the sound is fat and has a very good sustain. Any particular noise hasn't been noticed. This guitar has been used on a Fender Cyber-Twin and has been tested on a large variety of effects and different sounds. It sounds good on every setting of the amp. The guitar itself can be used to make many interesting effects like harmonics, etc. combined with the use of the whammy bar. The only bad thing is that the guitar is recomended for specific styles of music.

Overall Impression — 10
The JEM 7V suites my playing style perfectly since I'm much into Instrumental Rock. Since it's very versatile you can even play clean pieces with it and the sound is great. Compared to other Ibanez guitars this is one of the best thanks to the features listed above. It's a complete guitar and doesn't need anything else. If you got enough money it's worth to buy!

Reliability & Durability — 8
The guitar is very reliable and everything seem like it will last if you take good care of it. Ibanez guitars are extremely delicate so they need much care. The JEM 7V is not a poor Squier you know.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
At the factory the guitar has been through a variety of check ups as written on a little piece of paper that should be on the guitar when you buy it. The factory has regulated the action not to low, but not to high either. The pickups were particulary low at first wich doesn't make any problems. Regulate the height if it makes the volume sound too low. Some patience is needed when you tune the guitar for the first time since the hardware is new and may not work perfectly at first. But this is normal when talking about whammy bar hardware.

Features — 10
This guitar is full of great features according to Steve Vai's exact specifications. The contoured alder body with a 24-fret JEM neck provides easy access to all registers. It features Vai's choice of specific DiMarzio (Evolution) pickups, combined with Ibanez Split-5 wiring for incredible tonal versatility. Buyers of this guitar will now also experience the newly designed Ibanez EDGE PRO double locking tremolo (Deep routed tremolo cavities allow the pitch to be lowered or raised by as much as a fifth) and the new Prestige neck. A Bullet proof Ibanez case should also be included.

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