For other JEM77 models, see JEM77 (disambiguation).
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The JEM77WDP is a JEM series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in late 2016. It is a signature model of American guitarist Steve Vai. It was a made in Indonesia as part of the mid-tier Premium line.

The JEM77WDP is commonly referred to as the "JEM Woody" due to its stained finish and striking poplar burl veneer pickguard and matching headstock.

The JEM77WDP features a rosewood top on a mahogany body bolted to a maple and walnut Wizard neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with Tree of Life vine inlays. Components include an Edge Zero II double locking tremolo bridge with a locking nut, DiMarzio Dark Matter 2 pickups with a pair of humbuckers with decorative covers flanking a single-coil and wooden knobs.

For 2018 the rosewood top was replaced with walnut and the rosewood fretboard was replaced with panga panga.

The JEM77P is a related model with different wood species for the body and different pickups.

The JEM77WDP was discontinued after 2018.


Specifications for JEM77WDP
Year(s) produced: 2016–2018
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Indonesia
Finish(es): Charcoal Brown Low Gloss (CNL)
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
2016–2017: Mahogany w/ rosewood top
2018: Mahogany w/ walnut top
Neck joint:
Edge Zero II tremolo
Poplar burl veneer
Hardware color:
Cosmo black / wood knobs
Neck type:
Wizard Premium
Neck material:
5-piece maple/ walnut w/ KTS titanium rods
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
2016–2017: Rosewood
2018: Panga panga
Fingerboard inlays:
Tree of life
24 / jumbo (Premium edge treatment)
Barless Top-Lok
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
DiMarzio Dark Matter 2 (H) passive/ ceramic
Middle pickup:
DiMarzio Dark Matter 2 (S) passive/ ceramic
Neck pickup:
DiMarzio Dark Matter 2 (H) passive/ ceramic
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever
String gauge (factory):
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)



Additional finishes/ details
2018 JEM77WDP CNL 1P 02
Charcoal Brown Low Gloss (2018)
HSH 5-way both-splits
Pickup switching diagram
Controls VT5
Control layout


The video below documents the creation of Vai's original JEM Woody from the consultation at Hoshino's L.A. Custom Shop between Vai and Ibanez master luthier Tak Hosono, through the creation of the prototype by Hosono and other Ibanez technicians. Some changes are obvious between this prototype and the production guitar including the body cap (crotch mahogany rather than rosewood), neck construction (bubinga instead of walnut), tremolo and pickups. However, the overall design and appearance of the production guitar is quite faithful to the original.

The Making of Woody

The Making of Woody

Steve Vai Describes Developing Dark Matter 2 Pickups with DiMarzio

Steve Vai Describes Developing Dark Matter 2 Pickups with DiMarzio


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