Re: New J-Customs, worth the upcharge?
In my opinion it is not worth to pay more for the J-Custom label, unless you have the opportunity to test the guitar for several hours and really fall in love with it.
I had a bad experience buying a RG8550MZ with a dead note. I had to sell it.
Long story here:
Even without the dead note, it didn't add any value to my old RG550LTD with Gravity Storms, except the smell of new.