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For the similarly named model produced from 2002 through 2012, see JEM-JR.
JEMJR WH
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The JEMJR, also referred to as the JEM Jr., is a solid body electric guitar introduced by Ibanez in 2015. It is a signature model of American guitarist Steve Vai and part of Vai's JEM series. It is produced in Indonesia as the most affordable JEM model.

As with all JEM models the body features Vai's signature monkey grip on the upper body and lion's claw rout behind the tremolo. It has an all-white color pattern, with white body, headstock, pickups, pickguard, fingerboard inlay and knobs.

The JEMJR features a mahogany body bolted to a maple Wizard III neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with Tree of Life vine inlays. Components include Ibanez Quantum pickups with a pair of humbuckers flanking a single-coil, a double locking tremolo bridge and a locking nut.

Guitar Player said, "the JEM Jr. looks good, plays fast, and is by far the most affordable guitar in the Vai Signature series. It really is an exceptional value for the working-class JEM fan."[1]

The JEMJR represents a revival of sorts of the JEM-JR which was produced between 2002 and 2012.

The JEMJRL is a left-handed version which was introduced in late 2016. The JEMJRSP is a special edition of the JEM Jr. offered in yellow or pink finishes. The RG450DX is essentially the same guitar minus the monkey grip and lion's claw routing and with different fretboard inlays.

Specifications

Specifications for JEMJR
Model name: JEMJR / JEM Jr.
Year(s) produced: 2015–2017
Sold in: Worldwide except Japan
Made in: Indonesia
Finish(es): White (WH)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Mahogany
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
Standard DL tremolo
Hardware color:
Cosmo black w/ white knobs
Pickguard:
3-layer: white/ black/ white
Neck
Neck type:
Wizard III
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
Tree of life
Frets:
24 / jumbo
Nut:
Locking
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HSH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Quantum (H) passive/ ceramic
Middle pickup:
Ibanez Quantum (S) passive/ alnico
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Quantum (H) passive/ ceramic
Controls:
1 volume / 1 tone / 5-way lever
String gauge (factory):
.009–.042

Sources

  1. Kuo, Joyce; 15 Fantastic Electric Guitars Priced Under $800—Tested and Reviewed; Guitar Player magazine; December 5, 2015. Archived here.

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