Steve Vai, who played in Frank Zappa's band in the early 80s, was called a "stunt guitarist" by the latter because of his virtuosity. Vai's signature stylistic devices include his distinctive vibrato playing, referred to by himself as "circle vibrato," which he uses to create sometimes bizarre effects as well as unprecedented timbres. His main instrument is the Ibanez JEM, one of the longest running and most successful signature guitars in history, which he developed in 1985 with the first features like the floating tremolo and the monkey grip. In 2007 in honor of the 20th anniversary of the JEM series the JEM20th was released in a limited edition of 500 pieces. Its body is handcrafted from high-quality clear acrylic, made by a Japanese company that produces transparent tank walls for aquariums, and with a 3D interior design that can be illuminated by internal green LEDs. The Trans-JEM pickups were designed by DiMarzio specifically for the acrylic body of this guitar model as it has a greater density than traditional wooden guitars. Other features include the JEM Prestige neck with vine inlay and the Edge Pro double-locking tremolo bridge. Although this unique collector's item certainly weighs more than traditional electric guitars due to the acrylic finish it plays extremely comfortably, the Prestige neck feels great in the hand and the rosewood fingerboard with beautiful inlays just invites you to whiz right over it like Steve Vai. Of couse the sound of the DiMarzios can fully convince. Steve Vai himself describes the sound as "a thundering cloud of ice cream", biting and perfect for fast, dynamic and differentiated rock and metal sounds. We are pleased to offer you this very special Ibanez with rarity value in Top-condition.
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