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Date Listed 25-Nov-16
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Address London, ON N5W6A8
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For Sale By Owner

This guitar is for sale on here in London and it is a knock off. This is not a real Ibanez JEM. You can tell this a variety of different ways and I'm going to list them so that you don't get ripped off.

If it was real the logo would say Ibanez JEM.
The cavity cut out for the bottom of the tremolo is wrong.
The last 4 frets are not scalloped.
The inlays on the neck are wrong. jems come with the Tree of Life inlays all the way up the fret board. ( he is advertising it as the 555 model and if you look at the 555 model you will notice that on that particular guitar you have the tree of life inlays from the 12th fret up to the nut ) and on the 24th fret you get Steve Vai signature and not the double dot inlays that appear on this guitar.
The monkey grip is cut wrong.
It has the wrong tremolo in it
The pickguard is cut wrong.
The pickups are definitely not the pickups that come with the 555 model.
The volume and tone knobs are not the ones that come with the 555 model.
If you look at the way the cavity has been cut for the tremolo system you can clearly see that the tremolo that is on this guitar is not the one that that cavity was cut for.
He is advertising it as a 555 wh model and if you Google that you will clearly see that the two guitars are not even remotely similar.
He claims that Long & McQuade authenticated the guitar and I talked to Long & McQuade and they said under no circumstances did they authenticate the guitar. All they did was change the high E string.

This is not the real deal. I don't even think it's a Chinese knockoff. I think what somebody has done is taken a cheap RG series Ibanez and tried to make it look like a jem and they are trying to pass it off as the real thing.

The only reason I'm doing this is because I don't want to see somebody get ripped off.

All of the reasons I listed are conclusive proof that this is not a real Ibanez JEM. One other thing although it is not conclusive evidence, it is highly suspicious. Nobody would ever spend the kind of money you have to spend in order to get your hands on a real Ibanez JEM and not keep it in a hard shell case. You certainly would never ever packed this guitar around in a soft gig bag.
Coincidentally his guitar comes with a soft gig bag.

If you go on YouTube and you enter Ibanez Jem 555 there are hundreds of videos of people doing reviews on this guitar and you will be able to instantly see exactly what I'm talking about.
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