Ibanez Jem70v Steve Vai Signature
The sea foam green Ibanez Jem70V is a relatively more affordable take on the popular Steve Vai Signature series guitars.
Also known as the "Premium Jem", this guitar features the same electronics and hardware but within the budget of working musicians.
A guitar player as technical and as artistic as Steve Vai needs a powerful and versatile workhorse guitar - and the Jem is designed to deliver just that. The Jem series has been synonymous to his name and continues to be his axe of choice in both performance and recording. Now Ibanez is bringing the Jem into the realm of mere mortals by having it done at the Ibanez premium factory - resulting in a street price of less than $1,400.00.
When compared to its more expensive brothers, the Jem70V is very much the same save for the Basswood body instead of the Alder. It has the same 5pc Maple/walnut neck with rosewood finger boards, differing only with its Jem Premium neck type, and its Tree-of-Life inlay - which is a floral pattern vine inlay that matches the finish. Everything else is basically the same - Edge bridge, DiMarzio Evolution DP158 pickup on the neck and DiMarzio Evolution DPS1 pickup on the bridge. And of course it carries the trademark monkey grip.
The Jem70V may look awkward to shredders because of its sea foam green finish, but I think it is an attempt by Ibanez to get the classic strat wielding crowds interested in the Jem design.
Steve Vai was quoted saying: "I've always been attracted to this color, sea foam green. It has a nostalgic overtone to it and it makes a beautiful color for a Jem. The frequency of the color resonates with the creamy tone of the guitar."
The Ibanez Jem70V is currently retailing for $1399.99. For the complete specification of the guitar, you can visit Ibanez.
The Ibanez Jem series made it to our list of The Top 10 Guitars of all time!
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