Re: Jem 70V arrived today, SEAFOAM - and it KILLS
I could, but I don't want " The guy from Reverend was on the Jemsite saying that he thought $%^&* sucks "
I'm not saying that I find that to be the case as a general rule, I'm just saying that just because something is expensive doesn't mean it's going to be perfect for everyone.
I buy sell trade keep a lot of guitars, my own brand, and other brands, because I love guitars... As one example, I bought a popular floyd equipped US made $3200 guitar from one of my dealers here in the states, I thought it was beautiful, heard good things, and wanted to check it out. It was perfect - fit, finish, frets, everything.. the build quality was amazing. I never bonded with it. It's a great guitar, just not my bag. It was so perfect, it seemed kind of sterile. My opinion. This Seafoam Jem is not that - it's crazy resonant and just looks & feels "cool".
I still own 3 Fender custom shop guitars I bought in the nineties..I like them which is why I'm still hanging on.. I've been paying very close attention to what they're getting out of China, and they're $400 thineline tele-thing is a really well built, totally playable kick ass little guitar. It needs to be set up, obviously, but it's there. If I had a use for that style of instrument, I would honestly find it hard to justify spending 4-5 times that for a US build or 8-10 times that for a custom shop.
My main gig guitar is a Reverend Jetstream HB loaded with Joe Naylor's new Railhammer pickups. The guitar new with the pickup mod is under a grand. The fit and finish are perfect, and it screams. Most importantly, it works for me.