Yeah I would definitely prefer being able to try one and buy it in person but there's only a few stores around here that carry Ibanez and their selections are a little slim. Guitar Center has a JS
or 2, 0 prestiges and a 7vwh that's been there for a long time. Sam Ash will have like 1 prestige, last time I was there they had a JS1600 though, which I played for a bit and enjoyed it quite a lot. I will definitely try the 7vwh the next time I go up there, though I don't really plan on buying that one from GC. If I bought a new one it'd definitely be from IbanezRules.
Basic differences between breeds and evo's are the evos are a little bit thinner, not better or worse by any means just thinner which you can hear on steve's records. I think i read your post wrong did you say your buying a JS
or pgm as well?
Ah, that's good to know. So the breeds still give that great middy lead tone? I've listened to the clips on DiMarzio's website a few times but my computer's sound is _terrible_ so I try not to judge by that too much.
Yes, I am planning on buying a JS
(probably 1000 or 1200) and PGM later. I mentioned that because I know some Jems are basswood and some are alder, some have PAF pros some have Evos or Breeds, and I figure that would leave some Jems sounding a lot like the JS
and I would prefer getting one that doesn't sound so similar.
If your ordering online, I would recommend a shop that has a good return policy just in case it turns out to not be what your looking for. Most might disagree (as many have not had good experiences) but if you can find a reasonable guitar from guitar center you can have them ship it to a store near you. If it turns out to not be what you want you can just tell them no thanks.
That's actually how I got my Legacy. It was a real pain getting the money to them, they wouldn't take my card over the phone and I had to pay at another Guitar Center and them send the money over. The Legacy was in really good shape when I got it though, and they gave me a really good price on it, needed a retubing really quickly though. But I wouldn't mind doing that again since, If I don't like the one I get I could return it at the local GC.
Thanks a lot for all the replies and PMs. I really appreciate the help.