Despite the unwritten rule that the Jr is used for the short-scaled instruments, the JEM-JR comes with a full 25-1/2" scale, just like every other six-stringed JEM model (as well as every standard RG guitar, for the JEM is based on this iconic metal axe). The secret behind the Jr addition to it`s name is the price range. This is the new (introduced for NAMM 2015, along with two more JEM models) basic model of the JEM series and will cost only a fraction of the series premier models. Building on the chassic of the precious JEM-JR model (also known as JEM333), this is still more of a RG, than a JEM (previous model was basically RG350 with JEM passport, with almost identical looks, materials and hardware), but it does take it`s own, distinct place within the Ibanez catalog. This generation kicks of with a solid, double-cut mahogany body (Ibanez ditches the basswood characteristic of both the RG and JEM ranges) and a bolted maple neck with Wizard III profile. Also, there is the iconic "monkey handle" hole above the neck pickup.Edge III tremolo bridge reprises it`s role from the previous Junior/333 model, along with a set of six grooves behind the bridge. Infinity series pickups have retired from their post, leaving the spot open for the new Quantum pickups. Tonally, it`s not a big difference, at all. They still come in H/S/H pattern with a standardized controls unit. Rosewood fingerboard has 24 frets with a continuous Tree of Life inlay across the frets. Locking string nut, large pickguard, six die-cast tuners and 25-1/2" scale are featured on this super cool working class JEM.
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When I saw this guitar, I had to have it, considering I make basically change...ANYhoo, even though I am pretty much a beginner (but I know what I like, dammit), I think I can speak on what I DON'T like about this absolutely amazing crafted guitar. First off, me being a rock/metal fan, I am SO not cool with these "Quantum" stock pickups. They sound like they ran away from an abusive lap-steel guitar. I have an ARTCore300 Black Caiman with the Infinity pickups and they growl like a pissed off T Rex. Maybe I could drop those off in the Jem Jr. Actually, that's the only gripe I got. Now that the pissing-n-moaning is over... Once I got past the naked, unadulterated crappiness of the pickups, I took the tremolo system for a whirl. I had the low E rumbling like a 5 string bass! Steve can design some wicked axes though, can't he? The obvious difference with the Jem Jr. is first, the pickups (Stock Quantum crap instead of DiMarzio Evolutions), the top 4 frets aren't scalloped, (well, damn...), gold plated hardware(i won't lose sleep over it), and all electonics in the axe are passive (Yay! Less money on batteries, more money on Jelly Belly jelly beans!) All yammering aside, this is a FUN guitar to play. Now if they could just make a black and gold lame' tiger striped version of this guitar....complete, utter, REEKING AWESOMENESS... And I'm out.
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