I tried a jem jr at guitar center - Jemsite
Ibanez JEM, UV, JS & Other Signature Models For discussion of Ibanez JEM, Universe and JS (Satriani) guitars only.

 3Likes
  • 1 Post By Fowleri
  • 1 Post By chris101
  • 1 Post By webjunk
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-29-2020, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 40
I tried a jem jr at guitar center

The quality sucks compared to rg550, but I was already expecting that, but the fretboard felt awful, rough and I couldn't play well at all, you could say is because is a display guitar, but I tried other ones from Schecters on display, around the same price, it felts so much better than the jem jr.

To me that jem jr felt cheap, everything, the pegs, the fretboard, frets, it felt like a gio
chris101 likes this.
Fowleri is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-29-2020, 07:32 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: UK
Posts: 384
Re: I tried a jem jr at guitar center

Well they feel cheap because they are cheap.
BigBazz is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-29-2020, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 40
Re: I tried a jem jr at guitar center

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigBazz View Post
Well they feel cheap because they are cheap.

for $500 I was expecting better quality, guitar should cost no more than $350
Fowleri is offline  
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-01-2020, 04:19 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Brexit
Posts: 687
Re: I tried a jem jr at guitar center

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fowleri View Post
The quality sucks compared to rg550, but I was already expecting that, but the fretboard felt awful, rough and I couldn't play well at all, you could say is because is a display guitar, but I tried other ones from Schecters on display, around the same price, it felts so much better than the jem jr.

To me that jem jr felt cheap, everything, the pegs, the fretboard, frets, it felt like a gio
This mirrors my experience also. The Jem Jr had hideous frets.
GearBoxTy likes this.
chris101 is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-04-2020, 06:52 PM
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 55
Re: I tried a jem jr at guitar center

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fowleri View Post
for $500 I was expecting better quality, guitar should cost no more than $350
It is a $350 RG but the added value is the monkey grip and the name, neither of which effects playability. Nearly all signature guitars from any manufacturer you will be paying additionally for things that have nothing to do with playability or sometimes even sound. That's why Ibanez loves Signature instruments. They make more profit from them.
califj likes this.
webjunk is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-05-2020, 01:17 AM
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Posts: 399
Re: I tried a jem jr at guitar center

I've got 4 Jem Jrs and the frets are great on all of them. They are great guitars for the money. You definitely need to change the trems though. The ones on them suck.
Dutchie is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-13-2020, 01:15 AM
 
Join Date: Feb 2020
Posts: 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dutchie View Post
I've got 4 Jem Jrs and the frets are great on all of them. They are great guitars for the money. You definitely need to change the trems though. The ones on them suck.
I agree, the frets on my Jr. are perfect. There are definitely good ones out there.
morellotunes is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-13-2020, 07:22 AM
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: London
Posts: 55
Re: I tried a jem jr at guitar center

I personally don't have any Jem Jr but two of my students do and I have set those guitar up. Clearly, they can't be compared to my MIJ Jems, however I was really surprised by the quality if the guitars given they are cheap guitars.
Santir79 is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-13-2020, 11:51 AM
 
Join Date: Feb 2020
Posts: 8
Even Steve Vai has 4 Jem Jr’s in his personal collection. One old black one and 3 of the newer white ones. I assume all heavily modded, but still.

Last edited by morellotunes; 03-13-2020 at 12:00 PM.
morellotunes is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-13-2020, 12:18 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: UK
Posts: 384
Re: I tried a jem jr at guitar center

Quote:
Originally Posted by morellotunes View Post
Even Steve Vai has 4 Jem Jr’s in his personal collection. One old black one and 3 of the newer white ones. I assume all heavily modded, but still.
Most guitars are fine if you have setup skills, I think the issue is that the target audience for a Jem Jr is really the younger more inexperienced player that doesn't have the skills to do a setup, and of course you could pay for a setup and to have the frets worked on if needed but you're looking at close to 1/4 the price of what the guitar costs for that work. The Jem JR's I tried and inspected at stores looked and felt pretty bad to me, and while I'm sure a few tweaks would have them playing really nice I'd soon want to replace that bridge for something with more stability, I think if I was spending on a guitar in that price bracket a Jem Jr would not be a consideration.

That said I think Steve's are probably stock and they never leave the stand, he has a million guitars so I very much doubt he's going to pick one up and play it, he has one like he has one of probably every Jem that was ever released.
BigBazz is offline  
post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-27-2020, 02:47 AM
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Posts: 86
I just received a jr today.
Finding a left handed authentic Jem 777 is pretty much impossible at the price range everyone says to wait for.

I am referring to the typical "don't get a Jem just buy a real one used for 1200".

As a lefty that doesn't happen.

Anyway, pickups, trem and fret dressing is pretty much perfect.

I think I got lucky on that aspect cause this trem is currently better then most of my ofr guitars. (not my 550s with original edges tho)

The pickups have alot of range of tones. I had a full DiMarzio set ready to go but I'm thinking I'll keep these stock.

The only thing I am not liking is that Jotoba fretboard.

It feels like unfilled, hardly sanded mahogany.
Super scratchy.
The amp doesn't seem to pick up the scratchy, but my fingers sure feel it.
KennyV is online  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Jemsite forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address

IMPORTANT: You will be required to activate your account so please ensure that your email address is correct.

If you do not receive your activation check your spam folder before using the CONTACT US form (at the bottom right of each page).



Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome