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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-09-2011, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ibanez jem jr and 505 vs 7v models

How much diffrence is there in a jem jr and 505 vs the 7v models other then being made in korea and the tremlos? I have a few rg models , but fairly new the jems ...........Thanks again Love this site by the way ....
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what year and model rg's do you currently own?
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Well, the pickups are a pretty big difference, but imo the 505 is the best budget jem so far. and by the way, the trem on the 505 is the same as the 7v. but on the 555 or subsequent, it will have a far inferior trem.

What really matters here is, do you want a maple fretboard or not!
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Re: Ibanez jem jr and 505 vs 7v models

i think 555 is better than 505
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Thanks guys for the fast responses .. As of now i own a 91 laser blue rg770 dx , gibson camo bullseye , 90 rg 550 purple neon . I use to have a silver rg570 not sure the year maybe a 2000.....Thanks again
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Re: Ibanez jem jr and 505 vs 7v models

505 = beefed up RG, with a claw and handle. By far the best buy if your after a maple board. Good trem, good woods and good pickups only thing your missing is that vine. Which i dont think is to much to miss for the specs or price.
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i think 555 is better than 505
ummmm...........ok???
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Re: Ibanez jem jr and 505 vs 7v models

The 555 is a step DOWN from your RG's because of the TRS trem and Wiz2 neck
The 505 is on the same par as your RG's. same basic build- different looks
The 7V's are a step UP from your RG's- alder body on VWH, DiMarzios, vine

I know I'm not being very specific, but these are the major differences between the JEM's mentioned and your guitars

There are other differences, but it's 1:00 am and I gotta go to bed.....I'll check back in tomorrow and see if someone else has explained more.
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I don't understand how an alder body is a "step up" from a basswood body, the 505 comes with evo's and the the vine isnt any better or worse its based on preference.
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I like the idea of the 505 being basically a prestige guitar, but I do think it looks weird with the maple and I just don't like the black dots. If it had some better inlays then I might like it more.
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I don't understand how an alder body is a "step up" from a basswood body, the 505 comes with evo's and the the vine isnt any better or worse its based on preference.
First of all, the 505 does not come with DiMarzio evolution pickups. It's pickups are stock Ibanez V series.

I agree that the tone difference between alder and basswood is subjective; it's hard to prove that one is better than the other. While the vine inlay doesn't affect tone, it's more decorative and labor-intensive. I don't know if alder costs more than basswood, but the vine definitely costs more than the dots, and there's the point--the 505 is obviously designed to be the most affordable Japanese JEM possible.

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I like the idea of the 505 being basically a prestige guitar, but . . . If it had some better inlays then I might like it more.
Then buy a 7VWH.

People, Hoshino Gakki and Steve Vai are giving us a choice between two good guitars. The only choice that we can't have is the deluxe model for the mid-range price.

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How much diffrence is there in a jem jr and 505 . . .
It just depends on what you value more-- looks or country of origin? Oh, and maybe choice of fretboard. The 505 is Fugijen-made, Prestige quality, but plainer inlays/hardware, and stock pickups. The Jr. has the look of the top-of-the-range 7VWH, but since it's Korean (Indonesian?) it's cheaper.

For me, I'd rather have the Fujigen product and upgrade the pickups later. I know others will want the vine, great. Go for it.

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I don't understand how an alder body is a "step up" from a basswood body, the 505 comes with evo's and the the vine isnt any better or worse its based on preference.
i dont think he really meant that those are a step up. he probably just said that so it can fit in with the "chart" if you want to call it that. he just said them as a difference. the only true step up is the Evolutions, which the 505 doesnt have
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i dont think he really meant that those are a step up. he probably just said that so it can fit in with the "chart" if you want to call it that. he just said them as a difference. the only true step up is the Evolutions, which the 505 doesnt have
Thank you sir...well said!!
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EDIT: To answer the OP's question:

It just depends on what you value more-- looks or country of origin? Oh, and maybe choice of fretboard. The 505 is Fugijen-made, Prestige quality, but plainer inlays/hardware, and stock pickups. The Jr. has the look of the top-of-the-range 7VWH, but since it's Korean (Indonesian?) it's cheaper.

For me, I'd rather have the Fujigen product and upgrade the pickups later. I know others will want the vine, great. Go for it.
Mike, I totally agree with everything you said except: The BIGGEST difference between the 555 and the 505 are the trems. The Lo-TRS2 on the 555 is a nearly unusable POS. The 505 comes with the original Edge.......... That's where I see the major difference between these two guitars
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