They're awesome guitars. But you could be right - a high-end RG is definitely better VFM. You're definitely paying for the Vai connection, but that's generally true of signature guitars. What's cool about the Jem is that I think it's become a 'phantom' signature guitar - its appeal is not just restricted to Vai fans - lots of people buy them because they're just quality guitars.
They are the ultimate Ibanez, no doubt about that. The only thing that'll beat a JEM777LNG or a JEM7VWH is a JEM10 - and they don't count coz they're Jems too.
I want a JEM777LNG so badly it ain't true, but my chances of getting an original one are laughably tiny due to the miniscule amount made (less 777LNGs than JEM10s, right?), the Vai connection and my insufficient moolah reserves.
Is there a custom-builder on here who'd make me a finished LNG-coloured body with all the routing for electronics and an Edge Pro, a nice 'unfinished' Jem neck (thin oil finish ala EVH's Wolfies) with the scalloping and inlay an' junk, and ship them to me with all the other bits (Edge Pro, nut, machineheads, scratchplate, electronics, and finally the pink Paf Pros)...excuse me one moment...
[Homer Simpson drool]...mmmm...pink pickups...[/Homer Simpson drool]
...sorry. As I was saying, could anyone on this board do that (I've seen some seriously impressive custom Jems on this board, so I'm assuming yes), and how much would it cost?