Ibanez refreshes Steve Vai JEM guitar line with rosewood top and wood pickguard model

JEM77WDP-CNL also features DiMarzio Dark Matter 2 pickups

We've seen countless incarnations of Steve Vai's legendary JEM model, but Ibanez's latest might just be the most eye-catching yet.

The JEM77WDP-CNL - these model names are really getting out of hand - is part of the not-quite-Prestige Premium line, and features a rosewood top with wood pickguard and matching headstock, plus wooden control knobs.

DiMarzio's Dark Matter 2 humbuckers are onboard and decorated with a steampunk-esque cog design, while a Dark Matter 2 single coil - sadly bereft of cogs - occupies the guitar's middle position.

Elsewhere, the guitar boasts a mahogany body and Edge Zero-II locking vibrato, as well as Vai's trademark Tree of Life inlay along the rosewood fretboard.

The JEM77WDP-CNL certainly a departure from the usual Vai fare, but retains the same outlandish flair of the other models that bear his name.

It's available now for $2,266.65 - specs below…

  • 5pc Wizard Maple/Walnut neck w/ KTS titanium rods
  • Rosewood top/ Mahogany body
  • Rosewood Fretboard
  • Tree of Life Inlay
  • Jumbo frets
  • Edge-Zero II tremolo bridge
  • Pickups: DiMarzio Dark Matter 2 (H) neck pu; DiMarzio Dark Matter 2 (S) mid pu; DiMarzio Dark Matter 2 (H) bridge pu
  • Wood pickguard w/ matching headstock
  • Cosmo black Hardware
  • Hardshell case included