Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: San Ramon, CA 94583
Buying a JEM - Whats the best year?
Ok, I had a 1990 model FP JEM. The thing sounded a played awesome. Like a complete dumb*ss I sold it. After a few years of experimenting with other Ibanez models I came to the conclusion I really miss the JEM.
So I go online and find a 1997 FP, get it and it completely SUCKS! Pickups actually said "Dimarzio" on them and sounded ****ty. Neck was ok, but didn't seem as good as my old FP. So then I go to a retail store find a first year JEM7VWH (I think it was a 92 OR 93) and it was freakin awesome! Neck was nice and broke in and almost played itself. Since it was a retail store they wanted like $1800 for it. So I go back online and find a 1999 JEM7VWH, get it and it sucks ass!! The quality was no where near the same as the older model. It played ok, but there was something about it that just didn't seem quality like. Am I just having bad luck or are the older models better??