Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: California, USA
Has anyone put JEM pickups on an RG and compared how it...
I have a JEM7VWH and an RG-450 with EVOs. *They do sound quite a bit different. *The RG sounds sharper and has even more bite to it while the JEM has a brighter more full sound. *With that said, I have a friend with a JEM77FP and an RG-550 with PAF Pros and they sound identical. *
As long as the wood and pickups are identical, I would presume you'd HEAR very little difference, however -you'll feel a ton of difference if you're playing one. *Even the nicest RG's I've played have rarely had such a nice neck as my JEM. *I'm also in love with the thin, fast, wide JEM7VWH neck so very little else compares. *Greg, and Bob and I all said last week that for just plain feel, the JEM/UV contour neck just feels right. *So while you might get the same tone, don't expect it to play as well.
FWIW, the closest neck Ibanez makes to the JEM7VWH neck (spec-wise at least) is the Wizard II.