In the 25 or so years that I have been playing Ibanez, I can't say I really could tell the difference between the Ibanez branded pickups and the Dimarzios. I just never heard anything that made me say wow to the point where I couldn't live with the factory picups that came in so many of the Ibanez guitars I have owned over the years.
Today, thanks to Craigslist, I came across a 7V. I'd post a pic but post count isn't high enough yet.
The kid that owned it really needed a kick in the nuts for the couple little dings I found and touched up which showed a clear lack of appreciation for what he had. Plus he said his dad bought it for him for Christmas 2 years ago. None the less, I got it for a steal so I can't really complain, just felt bad for the guitar. I am not sure what kind of strings he was running but when I put the D'Addarios on it, I had to re-setup the entire guitar. Spent several hours on it getting it just right (likely minor adjustments tomorrow) and plugged it in.
I can actually now see why so many people complain about the factory pickups in so many of the lessor models. Now I am ruined! I'll never be able to go back!
As an added bonus, this guitar feels like my trusty old RG's. I was disappointed with the JS
1200 I bought last year. I had been warned that you either love em' or hate em' but it just didn't "fit".
This Jem feels right at home to me. Some how I don't think I'll be able to pry it out of my son's hands as this is his absolute favorite guitar of all time but it sure is a welcome addition. My prized possession is actually my first real guitar that I bought brand new in 1990 and still own today (760 Series) but this one feels very familiar to me in a great way.