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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-08-2008, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
 
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I may buy a brand new JEM but...

I have a few questions about the JEM7VWH i need answered first. These may be FAQs so bear with me

1. Does the gold finish on the hardware wear out easily? and can it be protected from wearing off?

2. Does it have a good clean sound? Im not looking for something amazing, just a decent clean sound. Right now i use an RG350, and i use my Dimarzio Blue Velvet middle single coil for cleans, and it sounds pretty damn good. How does the Evolution s.c. sound by itself?

3. How does the Edge pro bridge on the JEM compare with the edge pro 2?

4. Is the monkey grip strong? i dont want it breaking on me (probably a stupid question)

Anyway, thats about it. Thank you in advance for any advice
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1. Does the gold finish on the hardware wear out easily? and can it be protected from wearing off?
I have a new 7VWH for three years now and the hardware still looks new. I just use a cloth and some spit Sounds gross, i know... But it does the job superb! Google it if you like and you will be amazed by the cleaning results of spit.

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2. Does it have a good clean sound? Im not looking for something amazing, just a decent clean sound. Right now i use an RG350, and i use my Dimarzio Blue Velvet middle single coil for cleans, and it sounds pretty damn good. How does the Evolution s.c. sound by itself?
I sounds just fine clean. Position 2,3, and 4 are really usable clean sounds. You can even get some jazz sounds from the neck. Imo my 7VWH sounds better than my USA strat.

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3. How does the Edge pro bridge on the JEM compare with the edge pro 2?
Sorry, i never played with an Edge Pro 2. The Edge Pro is one of best trems out there though!

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4. Is the monkey grip strong? i dont want it breaking on me (probably a stupid question)
Yes, it's strong
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You sound like a kid going to buy his 1st bike! Its a supurb clean sound, the gold will wear but you have YEARS to worry. You wont break the monkey grip!
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the gold hardware on my bridge is slighty worn but i put a coat of clear nail varnish on.should do the trick.
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Don't think about it, just buy it lol
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The gold will wear but is greatly reduced by thoroughly wiping down after every use i find!
Nothing wrong with the edge-pro either. Despite people may prefer other trems this is a perfectly good trem.
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In short, you're comparing one of Ibanez' lower end guitars (no offense) to one of their highest quality guitars ... and yet you have concerns?!?!

1. Not easily. But make sure to wipe it off with a soft cloth after each gig. Spit is totally optional!

2. Listen to Vai. An AMAZING array of clean sounds.

3. The Edge Pro is the best bridge currently being produced on the planet. The "2" ... not so much.

4. Strong enough to hold the weight of a Jem forever. Not strong enough to tow a car with though ... I'm guessing.
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Don't think about it, just buy it lol
This is a rather silly comment considering the (over) price of a JEM.
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I've never regretted buying my jem and don't consider it as over priced. In fact it's the guitar I play the most
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This is a rather silly comment considering the (over) price of a JEM.

Dee......you should rename yourself Percival

Unrelent - I have a 2000 vwh and the gold hardware is as it was. No wear at all and it's a quite traveled guitar. (UK and back a few times)

I think that the trem wear has a lot to do with sweat. My hands don't sweat. (lucky I guess) If you have "clammy palm syndrome" it'd be a good idea to wipe the trem down after sessions

The monkey grip will NOT break I use mine extensivly and really miss it when I play someone elses guitar

It's highly functional (at least for me )
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The JEM is an incredible guitar. You'd be lucky just to have the opportunity to own one. Most will never get to.

Now regarding the gold coming off the bridge. Uh, yes, it will "eventually" come off. Study the 2nd law of thermodynamics and increasing entropy. In layman's terms it's the fact that ALL things in this universe degrade. So, yes the gold will come off, ...eventually, lol. Unless you just want to buy it to look at and keep locked up in a showroom case. But, ...do you ask this question before you buy anything else? This is the last thing you should be worried about IMO. The other's posts about this are accurate regarding cleaning and palm moisture.

Just remember, ...if that's your standards for buying something uber sweet, ...you'll never own anything uber sweet, lol. Like, a house, a fine car, ...whatever.

Hope that takes that issue out of your equation and makes your decision way easier. If you like the way it feels, buy the thing and play it till the wheels fall off! (okay, ...this only applies to cars but you get the point) The trem is a gem (yes, bad pun, i know) and the pickups are insanely versatile for cleans and distorted tones. It's just one of the best guitars available in the world, IMO.
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I was going to get a Jem too but for 400.00 more picked up a PRS CU24 and it is an amazing guitar!
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Thank you for all the replies. This sure makes the JEM extremely tempting!
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Don't think about it, just buy it lol
that usually gets me in trouble
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that usually gets me in trouble
Hehe i dont mind, i scared about the gold finish on the hardware but its ok, if it wears off i cant do anything. About clean sound, really good and pickup selector gives me too much options. (in my point of view) Not good as fender's but all we know both them are different. If i think about my old old trs tremolo, edge pro amazing!
It has 2700$ price tag in here. Its over priced? Yes. But thats my one and only guitar. I paid this cause i cant find any guitar in here. This was the best guitar i found in here. Now its been 9 months and im pleased.
If i be "Unrelent" i dont stuck in these questions too much. Thats why i said "Don't think about it, just buy it".

(my english not very good i apologise about that.)
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