Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Steve Vai Owned Ibanez RG550 on eBay | JEM Prototype?
Vai's site states that this Ibanez RG550 does not have a serial number, was used as a tester guitar for trying out different pickups (this axe currently sports BiaX pickups) and was eventually auctioned for a charity.
Notice that this guitar was once retrofitted with a tremelo guard, a simple metal frame attached over the Edge tremelo by two screws on each side of the trem. A feature on the original Loch Ness green JEMs -- Vai wanted to be able to rest his hand on the bridge without making it go sharp -- the tremelo guard was phased out on subsequent models.
A JEM prototype? I suggest getting verification directly from the Bad Horsie's mouth.
Sorry Steve, couldn't resist that last one.
eBay Item #: 180478933455
Also check out this earlier article on Steve Vai's original Green Meanie guitar