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post #1 of 61 (permalink) Old 08-27-2010, 07:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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Has the 20th Anniversary Jem become a flop?

From what I can gather, the hard acrylic axe hasn’t gained much in the popularity polls! Was this the second biggest mistake after the 555?

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From what I can gather, the hard acrylic axe hasnít gained much in the popularity polls! Was this the second biggest mistake after the 555?
You know, I thought the same thing for a while. I totally dig the guitar - I think the idea is pretty cool. I also played one and it played and sounded pretty sweet. Maybe the initial price tag out of the gate was a bit much. I think the music store near me that sold one automatically priced it at $4995 and I believe it sold right away.

Yet, I have saw one on evilbay for as low as $2500 at one point but I think that was last year when our economy was really in the crapper here in the US. I guess time will tell on that JEM though...


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Re: Has the 20th Anniversary Jem become a flop?

Special or limited editions are harder to evaluate than a regular-production model. It's a success because Hoshino sold all the guitars in the edition. As Xander said, though, time will tell how the resale market develops through history.

In terms of interest (rather than dollars) the best-remembered Ibanez guitars of 2007 will be the RG550 re-issues.

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From what I can gather, the hard acrylic axe hasnít gained much in the popularity polls! Was this the second biggest mistake after the 555?
do you have one?
i do and i can,t give two sh--- if people say its a flop.
get one then make up your own mind.

PS. the Jem 20th is awsome.
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do you have one?
i do and i can,t give two sh--- if people say its a flop.
get one then make up your own mind.

PS. the Jem 20th is awsome.
I'm willing to bet it is a nice axe - but it retails at about $5,000, which I think is ridiculous. How many people can afford to shell out that knid of $$ for a guitar.
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I'm willing to bet it is a nice axe - but it retails at about $5,000, which I think is ridiculous. How many people can afford to shell out that knid of $$ for a guitar.
The 500 or so that actually bought them?
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Value is a concept determined by the buyer. If you have that much scratch and want one, you'll pay for it. If Ibanez sold all of them then for them, yes, it's a success for Ibanez.
I personally like the idea of an acrylic guitar. Maybe not the Jem but hey...
Maybe a solid color acrylic RG in red or blue like what BC Rich did a few years back. $1k or less for an RG in acrylic? If I could afford it at the time I might buy one.
Some people who hate on my Ibanez guitars wouldn't pay $5 bor them but that's their opinion. I personally love them and would pay (and have paid) quite a bit more.
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Re: Has the 20th Anniversary Jem become a flop?

If I could afford one I'd still probably get the Jem 10th instead, but I'm a sucker for both bound boards and ebony. I think the Jem 20th is cool, but it's way out of my price range these days.
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do you have one?
i do and i can,t give two sh--- if people say its a flop.
get one then make up your own mind.

PS. the Jem 20th is awsome.

Glad you like it - I donít have one and have no desire to own one and before you assume, I can afford it! This wasnít a knock against those people who have bought one, just asking for an opinion.

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From a player's perspective, I do not collect, I have zero use for that guitar. It sounds terrible.
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It sounds terrible.
Sounds OK to me...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ7vyFnLvjw
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Re: Has the 20th Anniversary Jem become a flop?

Just a stupid question. Are those Trans-JEM pickups good?
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If I could afford one I'd still probably get the Jem 10th instead, but I'm a sucker for both bound boards and ebony. I think the Jem 20th is cool, but it's way out of my price range these days.
I think this is something very much along the right lines. I think that out of the numerous special editions that have been released over the 20 odd years, the 20th just didn't have the impact that any of the others did, perhaps because it's the most unusual it might be the least "guitar-like". I'd take any of the other special edition JEMs over the 20th, not that I think it's in any way a bad guitar, it's just it doesn't appeal to me as much the other special editions, which are less "off the wall" and more like "real" guitars.

It's a lot about perception, but I still reckon a lot of guitarists would rather play something that is very definately a guitar rather than something that could be percieved as half guitar, half gimmick, even if it's a fully functional instrument.

It also has the Edge-Pro
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Just a stupid question. Are those Trans-JEM pickups good?
Not a stupid question at all. Every video I've seen is either Vai or a Vai wanna-be using as close to his FX-ed tone as they can get.

I'd like to hear the axe through less-FX and a clean amp to hear IT instead of the rest of the chain.
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Re: Has the 20th Anniversary Jem become a flop?

i would sell my UV77REMC before i sold my Jem20th. thats how much i like the Jem20th. only if i had to sell, that is.
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