Re: Jem555 vs. Jem7VWH - Which is better?
I currently have a white 555, which is my main guitar. I've been blessed with a really nice copy. The neck is near perfect, it stays in tune very well, and feels and sounds great.
I am considering buying another main guitar, though. For two main reasons:
1. Although the TRS trem isn't as bad as is generally claimed in my view, one thing is christal clear: the feel is a lot stiffer, thus making it a lot harder to use it with any kind of harmonic discretion. Playing those Vai / trem runs is just very hard. Compared to the chunky feel of a TRS, the Edge feels velvetty .. a lot smoother, more controlled.
2. Although the wood of my neck is immaculate for a 555-class guitar, the frets aren't. Instead of jumbo frets, the 555 neck is fitted with mediums. These kinda play easier than jumbo frets but have a less decisive, precise feel .. and jumbos tend to sustain a bit longer (at least that's what they feel like to me). Right now I'm at a point where I don't really want to compromize anymore - I want my technique to develop well. Jumbos are a tad harder to play on, but they're well worth it imo
I'm hunting for a 7DBK now, but unfortunately they've been discontinued, so finding one will be a challenge. A 7vwh, a very fine instrument of course, doesn't really appeal to me since I'd feel I'd be playing Vai's guitar as opposed to my own.