The local music store just got one in and they called me to come see the "incredible vine inlay".
Well, what I'm about to say is probably a little harsh, but it was my impression overall.
The vine inlay is done worse than the regular Jem's. In fact, As harsh as it sounds, the 555's inlay is tighter than the EP7. The vine stem that goes right to the ends of the fretboard looks really bad IMO.
The rosette looks cool, but why they just stuck it on the top of the guitar rather than inlay it is beyond me, it feels rough and I don't think the gold coloration will survive to long with it exposed like that, just my opinion.
The neck really surprised me, based on what all of Steve's other guitars feel like this neck is a total departure from them. It felt very small to me, and very V shaped.
The fretwork on this particular one was mediocre at best, it could have used a good levelling and the fret ends could have been done a little cleaner, they were hanging over.
As for the tone, well, I really wasn't impressed at all, I don't think it sounds any different (or rather better) than the standard Artist line of acoustics.
Overall, I thought the guitar was a 5 on a scale of 1 - 10 at very best. The satin finish looks cheap to me as well, especially on the back and sides. To me it's a $300 guitar at best, not $1000.
But, having said all that, if YOU like it, then that is really all that matters, and if you like it, I'm happy for you, enjoy the hell out of it