Re: Back up guitar for JEM
Your gonna kick me in the nuts for this, but the I found after owning lots of bland RG550's/505's that the best complement to my sexy DBK JEM in the Jackson DK2S. Why? the Duncan pickups are miles better than the crappy V8 things, also you don't have to spend any money on it to get it to sound good (always the sign of a good guitar any JEM owner will confirm), and more importantly it has a sustainer!
The creative door that opens is quite massive, unlike Vai (sorry Lord Vai!) who uses it as a bit of a one trick pony, it has two really good advantages, the neck pickup is active so it gives a great range of tones especially when out of phase with the middle pickup, and of course the pickups gain can be manually altered to match the other pickups, now if you buy an Evo bridge for an RG550 your neck pickup is instantly even more crap, but with the DK2S no problemo!
Also you can do fretless guitar impressions which is cool between songs, the RG is nice but it's not a good all round sound its thin in places and lacks middle, this is mainly due to the wizard neck, grab a 505 its wizard 2 neck gives a warmer thicker sound (but like the 550 lacks real bite in the high frequencies).
So get the DK2S or a soloist! (even better) and you will be surprised just how flexible your range of tones and gain becomes with no extra cost incurred. I was lucky I bought my DK2S of dbay here in the UK for £180 in near mint condition because the guy who owned it did not know what is was!
Word of warning thoughL the Jackson pots wear out quite quickly so if your a big volume knob user avoid!