This is frustrating. I'm a proud owner of a JS
-1000, but I'm always on the lookout for *something more. I'd love to have a Jem. So I went for a little shopping today.
There is this great Ibanez dealer in Holland, who always has topline Ibanez models. What I saw today were besides the normal jems, a 90HAM, a Universe swirl, and some goofy looking RG's, with al sorts of graphics.
The normal Jems were a 555, 7vwh and 7dbk.
Now I always thought the 555 was crap, the 7vwh was the ultimate jewel, and the 7dbk was the 'cheaper, but certainly ok jem". I saw the US prices, for used 7dbk's for around 800.
I'm going to do a little math here. The prices this shop asked for the machines were:
7vhw --- 2290 *(us dollar)
7DBK --- 2170
555 *--- 1000
Universe swirl *3500 (Used, I'd rate it 7 out of 10)
ham90 --- 2500
Now, comparing to the pricelists I see in the states, some strange things happen. For about 100 bucks more, you'll have a vhw instead of that 7dbk...... And I thought that specific guitar would be in my price range. Well, appearantly not.
I think I'll buy my next guitar in the states...
I wish I was a little more rich, instead of so damn cute....