Jem 70V arrived today, SEAFOAM - and it KILLS
Well I ordered mine in February and it arrived today. For those on the fence, and I own just about all the rarest Jems out there, it KILLS for the money.
Seafoam or not, Indonesian or not, it is what someone cares to put into their craft that makes a great axe.
I would put this up against any GMC, PMC or DNA as far as sound, playability and tone. I know, I have all three to compare it to and it does not fall flat.
So if you were on the fence, get off and get one - though the wait might be 2-3 months. Very back ordered item. The case is among the best JEM cases ever made, comes with STITCHED Ibanez on the top, in white, black interior, boxey, not rounded edges and an Ibanez tool (not 1-2 loose allen wrenches). It puts most new Jems to shame for what you get.
I am 110% pleased with my Jem 70V. Highly recommend it and consider it as good as any Jem I own, if not better. Owning 9 rare Jems, I can speak fairly confidently about build quality. Sure it has an AANJ neck joint and a fairly nondescript tremolo, but it stays in tune and kills on the one thing that matters - TONE!
So take my 2 cents or throw it out, but that is my opinion. It is well worth the $1200-$1400 you can get it for on the net. If you get it for less, buy 2, you won't regret it. Still think it will be a sleeper collectible Jem.