For the JEM7V SBL (Sparkle Blue), see JEM7V (Sparkle Blue).
JEM7V WH 2010
JEM7V White (2010–2011) (more images) Red copyright sprite

The JEM7V, also known as the JEM7V WH (White), is a JEM series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1993. It is a signature model of American guitarist Steve Vai.

The JEM7V features an alder body, DiMarzio pickups, a double locking tremolo and pearl and abalone vine fingerboard inlays. A thin basswood veneer is applied to the top and back of the body to prevent the finish from settling into the alder and preventing the alder grain from appearing through the finish. It is part of Ibanez' high-end handcrafted-in-Japan Prestige line.

The JEM7V has gone through several specification changes: the Lo-Pro Edge tremolo was replaced with the new Edge Pro in 2003; in 2004 the ebony fingerboard was replaced with a more generic rosewood one; finally in 2005 the JEM7V got a five-ply neck like most Japanese-made Ibanez guitars.

From 2002 until 2004 the JEM7V was also available with a sparkle blue finish as the JEM7V SBL.

For 2010 the tremolo is replaced again, this time by the original Edge tremolo. The Edge was introduced in 1986 and has been used for various JEM models, but it is the first time it is featured on the JEM7V. Starting in 2013 the carbon fiber Ultralite tremolo arm was included.

A seven-string version, the JEM7V7, was introduced in 2013.


Specifications for JEM7V
Name: JEM7V
Years: 1993–2017
Areas: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finishes: WH (White)
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Alder w/ basswood veneers
Neck joint:
1993–2002: Lo-Pro Edge tremolo
2003–2009: Edge Pro tremolo
2010–2012: Edge tremolo
2013–2017: Edge tremolo w/ Ultralite tremolo arm
Hardware color:
White pearloid
Neck type:
1993–2001, 2013–2017: JEM
2002–2012: JEM Prestige
Neck material:
1993–2004: 1-piece maple
2005–2017: 5-piece maple/ walnut
1993–2003: Ebony
2004–2017: Rosewood
Scalloped frets 21 to 24
Pearl/ abalone Tree of Life
24 / W/6105 (Prestige edge treatment)
Top-Lok III
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381 (non-locking)
Electronics/ Strings
PU Config:
Bridge PU:
DiMarzio Evolution bridge (H)
Mid PU:
DiMarzio Evolution mid (S)
Neck PU:
DiMarzio Evolution neck (H)
1 volume / 1 tone / 5-way lever
String gauge (factory):


JEM7V White (2005–2009) Red copyright sprite


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