Who does and doesn't own a Jem?
And are you here because you're an Ibanez player or because you're an Ibanez JEM/UV player?
I'm here because maybe I once had aspirations of owning a JEM (I honestly don't remember), but once I discovered musicians like Vai, this seemed like the place to be. Every other forum was just kinda mean (you know know what I mean, D)
If you don't, why?
Well, at first, I guess it was probably A money thing. Then I went to JemFest, and played a basically any jem a guy could wish for! So, I also played some awesome J-Customs (RG-EGYPT, and others
). I realized, man, all Ibanez's are great! So then, about 6 months later at a guitar center, I found a nice deal on a RG520QS, I loved the quilty top, and the super-wizard was
very familiar to the feel of my fav JC (the egypt, duh!), and I fell in love with it!
Basically, I realized a MIJ-RG can be a ultimate substitute, and even though I think the JEM is an incredibly awesome guitar, in the end, the MIJ-RG turned out to be a better match for me. I just felt that the JEM could be too personal to Steve Vai. It would be like having a monogrammed sweater with somebody elses name, lol!!
TL;DR, great guitars, I found mine!