Re: hello - Jem 70V, why the bad rep???
I could mostly overlook the cosmetic faults, but then again they shouldn't be a thing on $1500 product. When you consider a Jem is largely about aesthetics in the first place, thats like a double fail. Whats a shame about the premiums, is that after a while it seems like the good ones are the odd balls. So anyone intent on getting a premium should definitely be doing so in person to touch it and visually inspect it.
I have a pretty decent premium RG920 that seemed perfect but eventually showed to have a single flaw. One of the frets isn't particularly flush so the high E string can actually slip under it on occasion. It's only happened twice in the 2 years I've had the guitar. I also only paid $650 for it.
RG 2550 w/ evo2 breed neck
SZ520 paf pro neck stock bridge
Marshall Haze 15