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The JEM7V, also known as the JEM7V WH (white), is a JEM series solid body electric guitar, It is a signature model of American guitarist Steve Vai. It was produced in Japan by FujiGen. The first builds were made in 1992 solely to Steve Vai himself, and was introduced by Ibanez in 1993.

The JEM7V features an alder body bolted to a maple and walnut (originally one-piece maple) neck with a 24-fret fingerboard with pearl and abalone Tree of Life vine inlays. Components include DiMarzio Evolution pickups with a pair of humbuckers flanking a single-coil, a double locking tremolo bridge and Gotoh tuning machines. A thin basswood veneer is applied to the top and back of the body to prevent the finish from soaking into the alder and preventing the alder grain from appearing through the finish. The fingerboard is scalloped at the last four frets.

The JEM7V has gone through several specification changes: the Lo-Pro Edge tremolo was replaced with the new Edge Pro in 2003; the Edge Pro was in turn replaced with the original Edge tremolo in 2010. In 2004 the ebony fingerboard was replaced with rosewood. For 2005 the JEM7V got a five-ply neck like most Japanese-made Ibanez guitars. Starting in 2013 the carbon fiber Ultralite tremolo arm was included.

From 2002 until 2004 the JEM7V was also available with a sparkle blue finish as the JEM7V SBL. A seven-string version, the JEM7V7, was introduced in 2013 and discontinued in 2016. The JEM7VP is a very similar Indonesian made Premium series model which was introduced in 2019.

The JEM7V was discontinued after 2019.


Specifications for JEM7V
Model name: JEM7V
Year(s) offered: 1993–2019
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Price: MSRP: JP¥ 200,000 (1993-1996) / JP¥ 205,000 (1997-1998) / JP¥ 215,000 (1999-2000) / JP¥ 225,000 (2001) / JP¥ 240,000 (2002) / JP¥ 245,000 (2003) / JP¥ 273,000 (2005-2006) / JP¥ 294,000 (2007-2008) / JP¥ 315,000 (2009-2011) / JP¥ 336,000 (2012) / JP¥ 341,250 (2013) / JP¥ 340,000 (2014) / JP¥ 360,000 (2015-2019)
Finish(es): White (WH)
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
2013–2019: Edge tremolo w/ Ultralite tremolo arm (10.8mm string spacing)
White pearloid
Knob style:
Plastic top hat (white)
Hardware color:
Neck type:
JEM Prestige
Neck material:
1993–2004: 1-piece maple
2005–2006 (EU market): 3-piece maple
2005–2019: 5-piece maple/ walnut
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
1993–2003: Ebony
2004–2019: Rosewood
Frets 21–24 scalloped
Fingerboard inlays:
Pearl/ abalone Tree of Life
24 / W/6105 (Prestige edge treatment)
Top-Lok III (43mm)
Machine heads:
Gotoh SG381 (non-locking)
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
Bridge pickup:
DiMarzio Evolution bridge (H)
Middle pickup:
DiMarzio Evolution Single mid (S)
Neck pickup:
DiMarzio Evolution neck (H)
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever pickup selector
String gauge (factory):
Factory tuning:
1E,2B,3G,4D,5A,6E (E Std.)


JEM7V "Through the years"
1994 JEM7V-WH
JEM7V-WH 1998
JEM7V-WH 2014
Additional details
Front of body
JEM7V-WH Rear of Body
Rear of Body
JEM7V-WH Headstock
HSH 5-way both-splits
Pickup switching
Controls VT5
Controls layout
Wiring-diagram 1994 JEM777-S540
Wiring diagram 1994–1996[1]


Ibanez JEM7V-WH ( Demo / Review )


  1. JEM7V wiring diagram, Ibanez, archived February 2003