Re: Should I get RG3120? Already have JEM 7DBK.
I would say, try as many as you can of both and buy the one you like the best.
You can’t really say that one sound better then the other and it is not really a matter of taste either. There are great sounding copies of both.
Guitars are living things and two are never the same, you can pick two 3120 that are so wide apart in sound that you can find a JEM7D that would be closer to any of them.
For example, I had three 3120, but none of them sounded the same. I was having a 3120 as my main guitar at the time and wanted another one that sounded as close as possible to the first one. I went through maybe 25-30 different 3120’s and could still not find two that where the same.
When I was travelling around and did clinics did I have a JEM7DBK with me, among many other high end Ibanez guitars, and it just sounded amazing every time I plugged it in.
I had this guitar with me on clinics for about two year and tried to fight owning it because it was a JEM, I did not want Steve Vai’s guitar.
But everyone, including the audience, could hear that it pushed the sound to another level.
I always have people from Ibanez with me and they could tell what songs I played the JEM, even if the couldn’t see me. And still we had almost all other high end Ibanez with us that I also played on.
I just couldn’t fight it and had to have it.
The reason to say it is that the model of guitar don’t mean that much on how it sound (it means a lot on how it feels), it is the specific copy of each guitar that makes it good or less good.
So the best sounding “stock” Ibanez I ever played, and I played a lot of Ibanez, is a JEM7DBK. The second best is a 3120, but the third is not my other 3120’s.
So try as many as you can and find one that works for your hand, your amps and so on.