Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Just thought I'd post to this (slightly) old topic because I used to agree with the poster. Its a UK thing. The majority of UK retailers sell a Jem 7WH for £1899. Thats $3057 US. Which is nuts. I've seen just one retailer willing to sell them for £1499 ($2400) which is starting to verge on acceptable.
The price you guys get them for in the states though, thats far more acceptable... £1117 ($1799), and even cheaper through Rich. That makes the guitar much better value for money. Hence my immenent order for a VWH off of Rich.
Years ago I had an SK. The thing about the older models with the maple boards and wild pinks, yellows, and greens, is that whilst they may be quality, they look cheap and plasticy. I know they aren't, but they have a plasticy look to them thanks to the almost toylike colours. Picking up a used on with a dirty neck, in SK or DY, and your perception is going to be that its cheap. Which is a shame. I'm sure that if the poster tried a VWH priced at £1300 he'd be thinking, wow, VFM.