Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Long Island, NY
Re: 2007/2008 Jem555wh. Should I get it?
Rich Harris is 'the man' when it comes to setup and service. You wil not get ripped off by Rich.
My .02 on this topic is this...you're still at an age where 'dad' still has a say in things, so I'm left wondering what level of a player you are, and if owning a Jem is really going to make a diff in your life or playing.
The most important thing for the first few eyars of playing is WANTING to play. You should have a guitar that inspires you and makes you WANT to pick it up and practice. It should feel good in your hands and your heart.
"Mr. Vai" didn't play a Jem until long after he'd achieved 'guitar god' status...he played modded Strats and Jacksons. He loved the instrument and he loved music. It didn't matter what inlays it had, or whether or not it had a handle.
Have you ever even played a 7vwh? a lot of people here like it, still a lot of us don't. You may save $2,000+ for it, only to buy it and be disappointed that it didn't live up to the mental picture you had.
Go to the store and play some guitars. Don't even look at them - just play them. See what soudns and feels right for YOU and don't let anyone tell you waht you like. Only you can decide that.
If you've played Ibanez's before and you like their feel, an RG20th might be a great way to go for now. A Used RG770 is very comparable to a Jem in many ways, in terms of playability. You could buy two 770s and two sets of PAFs or Evolutions and it'd still cost less than a Jem 7v.
It's not about how expensive the guitar is. It's about how much you want to play it.
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