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The JEM505 is a solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 2010. It is a signature model of American guitarist Steve Vai and part of his JEM series. The JEM505 was produced in Japan by FujiGen and was the least expensive Japanese-made JEM offered.

The JEM505 features a basswood body with the signature JEM monkey grip and lion's claw tremolo rout. The body is bolted using a sculpted all-access neck joint to a maple and walnut neck with a 24-fret maple fretboard with black dot position markers. Components include a newly reintroduced Edge double locking tremolo bridge, Ibanez pickups mounted in a pearloid pickguard with V7 and V8 humbuckers flanking a Quantum single-coil and Gotoh tuning machines.

The JEM555 is another budget JEM model which takes a different approach to cost savings. The JEM55 is made in Korea with a less expensive tremolo, but with the ornate Tree of Life inlays halfway up the fretboard and with the same pickups as in the high-end JEMs like the JEM7V. On the other hand this JEM505 is made in Japan like the top of the line JEMs and has a Japanese-made tremolo, but with less expensive stock pickups and without the Tree of Life fretboard.

The RG1550M from the previous year is a fairly similar model without the JEM accouterments.

The JEM505 was discontinued after two years.

Specifications

Specifications for JEM505
Model name: JEM505
Year(s) produced: 2010–2011
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Black (BK) / White (WH)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
Basswood
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
Edge tremolo
Pickguard:
BK: Grey Pearloid
WH: White Pearloid
Hardware color:
Cosmo black
Neck
Neck type:
JEM Prestige
Neck material:
5-piece maple/ walnut
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Maple
Fingerboard inlays:
Black dot
Frets:
24 / W/6105
Nut:
Top-Lok III
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HSH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez V8 (H)
Middle pickup:
Ibanez QMS1 (S)
Neck pickup:
Ibanez V7 (H)
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever

Images

JEM505 WH
JEM505 White Red copyright sprite

Sources

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