I'm in Australia too. Just last year in July I purchased a brand new Jem 2kDNA number 285/300 (see my Avatar to the left there near my name). It was the last one left here new, and was sitting in a glass display case at Australis (ibanez distributors). I thought that was fine considering Australis isn't open to the public.
Anyway, I got that guitar for a great price. It came with the 2KDNA flight case (The big chunky one with the purple insides (as opposed to the leather-look ones that the US got)), certificate and a guitar sleeping bag type thing.
I'd have to disagree with some other's that say this guitar plays like a $1000 guitar. My RG570 doesn't play like it.. mainly because of the pups and the fret wire. But even still there's something more.
I didn't have a Jem before I got this one, and when the opportunity came around I jumped at it. It get's played a bit, and I enjoy it...But it never leaves the house and never has a strap on it (i prefer to use the dimarzio clip-lock straps which tend to scratch, so I don't have any straps that will fit a "stock" guitar). To this day it still has no surface scratches <touches wood>.
Personally I'd keep the GMC (I want one of these). But if u really want to get rid of it, I'm in sydney, and if you're selling for a good price I'll buy.
The DNA's a very nice, easy guitar to play. I love this guitar...But I'm biased. I am in love with 285.
(Edited by wilch at 10:16 pm on Feb. 17, 2002)
(Edited by wilch at 10:18 pm on Feb. 17, 2002)