No substance. New LP's are not much heavier than a Jem. Most certainly lighter than my PRS, or US Mockingbird or even my G&L Strat. The price start at or under a k which is Ibanez Prestige level. Playability is purely subjective.
Here are 2 things the jems are not very good at, which the LP does certainly alot better. Blues and downtuned ChuggaChugga for starters. Would not do that with my Jems. So they are surely not the be all end all. And most certainly not the best value for money either. If you want a great guitar whcih slays a Jem in ALL aspects get a Parker Fly.
And i like boobs and buns, have 3 jems currently and a ****load of other FR guitars, so no hate there either. And of course i value your opinion, but try to back it up with facts.
Lp's are heavy and overpriced is what the children say who can not afford one and mom and dad are not buying one. And than they talk trash about the paul just to cover up that they would love one but can not get one.
If current Les Pauls are much lighter (which they are not, when I compare my pals old LP std to my relatively new one 2004 it is about the same), then why do they still sound the same? This is bull*** you need the weight of the mahagony for the tone. If they carve out wood to make it lighter it will not sound as good period and A FACT.
(NOTE: I have a Les Paul, so I really like it. I just don't like bogus comments)
The LPs that start at 1k (real Gibsons not copies) are crap. Sorry to say that but the cheap studios Gibson pushes out are the worst quality guitars I have seen to date and are only made for people who want the Gibson brand name on the headplate. Else you should buy an Epiphone for 400 bucks and would have a better guitar. The REAL LPs start at about 2000 bucks and above.
A JEM can easily do Blues, but I prefer the Breed pickups for that.
A JEM can do downtuned stuff much better than my LP, it is just more pain to do the downtuning because of the trem adjust etc.
Parker? Been there done that, not very impressed at all.
Also not one person will say that a JEM is best bang for the buck, that is what RGs are for hehe. No artist model will ever be best bang for the buck.
But compared to a Gibson it surely is. The Les Paul Std Reissue Honeyburst I hold in my hands is 3k (list price, I got it for much much less as a website deal for a music store).
I would never pay the price for the crap quality Gibson makes, I had to diss 8! guitars before I got the one that was without issues. (Issues ranging from poor fretwork, clearcoat dings, inlay fading, fingerboard cracks,...) And I still had to do a complete new setup and set the intonation on a guitar that normally costs 3000 bucks!
Compared to my JEM from Rich (which was about 2k), which came with a perfect setup and no things to claim on the first one I got...
Now do I like the LP? Sure, the one I got now has no issues, plays like a dream, sounds fat like hell and does everything a guitar for that price does. I am not sure I would really pay 3k for that, but if you like LPs that is a good one.
Do I think I got my moneys worth with the JEM? Hell yes.
I use the LP mainly for some Jazzy songs I do, where I need that special tone. Still I think of selling it (as I got it for near to nothing I think I might make a big plus and buy a JS