Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: California, USA
"Jem Series" 2002 Ibanez Catalog
yup. *JEM's and J-Customs and their early USA Custom brothers and sisters have nicer necks IMHO. *If you ever get a chance to A/B them, grab the highest model RG (non Prestige) you can find, then grab a JEM or a J-Custom. *You'll notice a difference.
The first thing I always notice is the Quality Control. *No one's perfect, and you'll come across a bum JEM or J-Custom every once in a while, but on the whole- a JEM7VWH neck is a JEM7VWH neck. *There's a certain consistency that is sometimes lacking in the RG models. *A perfect example is this RG-450 I have. *I love it's neck. *It's as close as you can get to a JEM7VWH neck at under $300.00. *However, I've never found another one that plays like it. *On the other hand, pretty much every JEM7VWH plays similar. *Wide, fast, and rounded. *Not as thick as the original 777 necks, but not as "flat" on the back as Wizard neck. *That's the difference.
Of course, with bona-fide Prestige models (ie. RG3120 on up) you'll get the special Super Wizard neck with the extra volute work and all the fun stuff.