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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-09-2011, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi folks!
I want to buy a Jem 555 and I don't know wich I should buy between Jem 555 WH and Jem 555 BK. I like the BK version more, but I don't know wich one is really better. I can see the guitars are almost identical, but the difference is that WH is having an Edge III tremolo (the same trem I have on my Ibanez grg250dx I think) and BK version is having an Edge pro II tremolo.
My question is: Which guitar or tremolo is better?
Anyway I will afford to buy one of these guitars in the far future so there's a lot of time to think wich one will be the luky one, right?

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Re: Ibanez Jem 555 WH or BK?

If I were you I'd be looking at the JEM505 instead.

It also comes in black or white, and it has far better quality components and hardware (except for the pickups).

It has a rather plain-looking maple fretboard with dot inlays, but you definitely get a better guitar. I think it's slightly more expensive, but not by much.

Pickups can be switched out more easily later, but hardware such as the tremolo and woods are much more important considerations for now.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-09-2011, 08:08 AM
 
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Re: Ibanez Jem 555 WH or BK?

Why do so many people give the 555 a hardtime, what if you only have a 500 -600 budget, the jem505 are around 700 -800 2nd hand, not everyone has big money to spend these day, i had a 2002 vsbl i sold for 1000, i could not afford to buy another
so i decided to look for Jem 555 and carry out some mods....at the end of the day it all comes down to the player...

Ps get black one, and stealth it up or black with green parts....white is to god like
join the darkside BLACK...........lol
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-11-2011, 09:58 AM
 
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Re: Ibanez Jem 555 WH or BK?

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Why do so many people give the 555 a hardtime, what if you only have a 500 -600 budget, the jem505 are around 700 -800 2nd hand, not everyone has big money to spend these day, i had a 2002 vsbl i sold for 1000, i could not afford to buy another
so i decided to look for Jem 555 and carry out some mods....at the end of the day it all comes down to the player...

Ps get black one, and stealth it up or black with green parts....white is to god like
join the darkside BLACK...........lol
IMHO saving up to buy a well-made guitar off the rack seems more logical than to get one with slightly less quality, only to find out that you'll need to change a fair number of extra components to keep it working well for you.

I've learned the hard way that buying a so-so guitar (not referring to the JEM555 in any way, I got a China fat strat then) to save money is false economy.
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Re: Ibanez Jem 555 WH or BK?

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IMHO saving up to buy a well-made guitar off the rack seems more logical than to get one with slightly less quality, only to find out that you'll need to change a fair number of extra components to keep it working well for you.
A lot of it is so subjective though. I recently bought an RG420 after having always regretted selling my Jap 550 years ago. In terms of quality, the only thing I would change is the neck which isn't as nice as the one on my 550. Everything else is just as good. The trem on the 420 (edge III??) I actually prefer to the original 550 edge.

I do prefer the look of the 505 to the 555. More dollars though.
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