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This page is about the JEM77 FP. For other JEM77 models, see JEM77 (disambiguation).
JEM77 FP
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The JEM77, also known as the JEM77 FP (Floral Pattern), is a JEM series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1988. It is a signature model produced for American guitarist Steve Vai.

The JEM77 features a special floral pattern finish which is printed on cloth and glued to the body. The edges are then painted black and a thick clear coat is applied to the entire guitar. The idea for the fabric covered body came from Vai and the floral pattern was modeled after curtains in Vai's home.[1]

The body of the JEM77 is basswood bolted to a maple neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with fluorescent green vine inlays. Components include light pink DiMarzio pickups mounted in a clear pickguard with a pair of PAF Pro humbuckers flanking a custom JEM single-coil, a double locking tremolo bridge, pink top hat knobs and Gotoh tuning machines.

The JEM77 initially had the Edge tremolo. The Lo-Pro Edge replaced the Edge upon its introduction in 1991. The Edge Pro superseded the Lo-Pro in 2003.

As with the other JEM guitars the body includes a signature monkey grip handle near the upper horn and the lion's claw cutaway behind the tremolo rout. It also has a cutaway heel neck joint to improve access to the upper frets. Additionally the four upper frets on the fingerboard are deeply scalloped.

It was available in the US only until 1999 but returned in 2003 as the 15th Anniversary JEM77FP. Outside the US it remained in production from 1988 through 2004. With its 17 years of production, it was the longest running model in the JEM line before being surpassed by the JEM7V in 2009.

Other floral pattern JEMs have followed, including the JEM77 (Blue Floral Pattern) introduced in 1990 and the JEM77 (Floral Pattern 2) in 2000.

Specifications

Specifications for JEM77 (Floral Pattern)
Model name: JEM77
Year(s) produced: 1988–2004
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Floral Pattern (FP)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Basswood
Neck joint:
Cutaway heel
Bridge:
1988–1990: Edge tremolo
1991–2002: Lo-Pro Edge tremolo
2003–2004: Edge Pro tremolo
Hardware color:
Cosmo black
Pickguard:
Clear
Neck
Neck type:
1988–2001: JEM
2002–2004: JEM Prestige
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
Fluorescent green vine
Frets:
1988–1996: 24 / Jim Dunlop 6100
1997–2004: 24 / jumbo
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG38
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HSH
Bridge pickup:
DiMarzio PAF Pro (H)
Middle pickup:
DiMarzio JEM Single (S)
Neck pickup:
DiMarzio PAF Pro (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever
Knob style:
Pink top hat

Sources

  1. The Ibanez Connection (The Jem, The Universe, and Me), Vai.com (official website), archived from the original April 2018