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The JEM777 is a solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in mid-1987. It was the first model in the JEM series which is a line of six-string guitars which are signature models for American guitarist Steve Vai. The JEM777 was revealed at the Summer NAMM show in Chicago in June 1987.[1]

The JEM777 was available in three different and, at the time, unique finishes. The Loch Ness Green version was produced only in 1987 and 1988 with only 777 guitars made. All of the LNG JEM777s were hand numbered and signed by Steve Vai. The Shocking Pink version was available from 1987 until 1989.

A toned down version of this guitar was also released in 1987 as the RG550. It doesn't feature the more labor intensive lion's claw tremolo cavity, monkey grip and disappearing pyramid inlay.

A reissue of the JEM777 was offered in 2017 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the original release.


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Specifications for JEM777
Model name: JEM777
Year(s) offered: 1987–1996
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): DY (Desert Sun Yellow) / LG (Loch Ness Green) 1987–1988 / SK (Shocking Pink) 1987–1989
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
American basswood
Neck joint:
Cutaway Heel
1987–1990: Edge tremolo
1991–1996: Lo-Pro Edge tremolo
Hardware color:
Cosmo black
Neck type:
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Fingerboard material:
Frets 21–24 scalloped
Fingerboard inlays:
3-color disappearing pyramid
24 / 6100 (Jim Dunlop)
Top-Lok III
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG38
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
DiMarzio PAF Pro (H)
Middle pickup:
DiMarzio JEM Single (S)
Neck pickup:
DiMarzio PAF Pro (H)
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever pickup selector
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Unique JEM features

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Bridge guard

A few early JEM777s from 1987 featured a unique bridge guard. This piece, which was also referred to as a hand rest, prevented the player from inadvertently hitting the tremolo with his hand and altering the pitch. It attached directly to the Edge tremolo with pads on each side which rested against the body. It was hinged so that it could be flipped up out of the way to allow full access to the string saddles which sat beneath it.

The bridge rest was discontinued by Ibanez, apparently due to Kahler asserting a patent claim to the design.


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Additional details
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Pickup switching diagram
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Control layout
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Blueprint drawn by Fritz Katoh[2]
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Wiring diagram[3]


1987 Ibanez JEM777 Shocking Pink ( Demo )


  1. Origins of the JEM, Jemsite, archived July 2005
  2. JEM777 blueprint; Fritz Katoh; Hoshino Gakki via Jemsite; July 19, 1989; archived June 2002
  3. JEM777 wiring diagram, Jemsite (enthusiast site), archived December 2001