lets argue JEM vs RG instead of :bash:ing each other.
There are exceptions to every rule, so with that said i tend to agree with BigDaveJem7 for the most part.
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90s: RG770, 565, 560, 550, etc
Some 770s were dynamite, especially the early ones handled in the USA, but since the AANJ came out, the RG 7xx/5xx models have been very ordinary (good, utility guitars, nothing irreplacable).
The RG1200 (photos on a clear day) is more a transitional/test model IMHO since it had the AANJ (like UCEWs) whereas the same year RG770, 550 and other lower drek had the klunky old heel and body. It was a transition guitar that should have remained forsale for a long time.
Still the RGs are a great value, especially used ones... glen