important decision to be made: Jem vs. Universe
I am at a toss up mode right now. I've been playing six strings for years and I'm in love with the UV777...so I'm ready to buy a new Ibanez ( I have a 1989 model S540LTD that I'll prolly retire). After playing the UV777 for about a half hour yesterday, I realized how different it will be. Don't get me wrong, it did feel really nice in my hands and I'm sure after playing it a few days, I'd get more uses to it. The sound was great and the fat tone of the bridge pickup really had me grinning. But it's that 7th string. I thought the the addl string would be a minor difference but it almost seems to be a major one. My alt would be the JEM7D. Sum it up this way...I want a Vai model...no question about it.
Now, in experimenting with tuning down on my electrics that I have now, I've found that I'd do better with one of two options a) to have standard tailpiece and not have to worry about the oddities that occur with alt tunings or b) getting a 7 string. I've also tried heavier strings...but then I read that a longer neck (like that of the XL necks) allow for more tension and help maintain the tuning...or so I read, anyway. So that leads me to the Vai models...neck is longer...yadda yadda yadda.
So, #1: I was wondering if there are any folks out there that go back and fortht between a 6 and 7 string and how you make adjustments to playing with an extra string?
#2 How does the JEM7D rate...who's got one and do you love it....vs. that of the UV777 (I'm tempted to say it's apples and oranges)
I'm trying to make a decision soon...and I don't want to play with this decision because it's a chunk of change to plop down...don't want to be unable to play something I forked out that kind of money for and at the same time I don't want to regret making the wrong choice.
Thanks for your help in advance!!!