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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-25-2002, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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JEM 10th vs. JEM 10th

Hi everybody!

I have the possibility to buy a JEM 10th, but before I need your opinion/help:

Actually, there are 2 JEM 10th I could buy: one from a local guy, which I already played. This guitar was so amazing! But the guitar´s condition is a bit bad. And the second one is in better condition and even a bit cheaper. But, (and here comes my problem) I am not able to play this guitar, because it is located on the other side of my country (Germany).
So my question to you is what your experiences are. Are there big differences, especially concerning sound, between 2 Ibanez guitars of the same model, in my case between 2 JEM 10th?
I know every guitar is different, especially when lots of the production is handwork as on the JEM 10th. But I think Ibanez takes care of quality and sound of their model, or am I wrong?
I´m asking, because I was so satisfied with the JEM from the local guy, and now I would like to know if it is a "danger"; to buy the other guitar, because maybe its sound is not that good!?

I hope you know what I mean, and thanks for your help!
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the JEM10s are built the same and should sound the same, allowing for whatever natural properties of "wood" has within two like guitars. To me that would be negligble. I'd buy based on condition and playability myself over sound... glen
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Ibanez is good quality, for sure.
But it all boils down to how the axe is treated. I mean, there was a guy once who burned his jem..........
If nothing is changed, I suppose a Jem 10 is a Jem 10.
Secondly, I don't think it's quite possible to get every detail of a guitar on picture. Make sure you got some kind of warranty, for things like twisted necks and such.
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Buy the one thats less expensive. Besides whats wrong with the jem10?
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There's always the danger of a dud when you buy without having checked out the item so yes make sure you have some comeback, whether it's returning the guitar or whatever if you get the one from miles away.

The other suggestion I'd make is that if you'd rather get the guitar you've played, ask the seller to lower his price to that of the other guitar or even lower because of the difference in condition.

Let us know how it turns out
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A jem 10 is ALWAYS a dream for any player, so i suggest you to buy the one in the best condition. Enjoy!!!!!!
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Id take a jem10 with swirl marks and all the chrome flaked off the pickups. i play my instruments
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Ibanez is good quality, for sure.
But it all boils down to how the axe is treated. I mean, there was a guy once who burned his jem..........
I think I know who this person is and his acomplices

Buy the better condition one if it's a Jem10, but if you want to play safe haggle the local guy down a bit. Failing that, Maybe take a trip across germany, nice weekend adventure that might end up with a new addition to the family. If not, pick up the other one on the way back
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-26-2002, 07:45 AM
 
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I totally agree with "7 dying" :P ... Sometimes you could be very disappointed by something you didn't try before!!!
One of my friend tried a 7vwh in a shop and then ordered it from ibanez France and it sounded completely different... (The one in the shop was the best!)...
Make a journey in Germany and then make your choice.
See ya!
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-26-2002, 09:05 AM
 
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I vote for make a little weekend travel and test the other one. But when i bought my DBK i pay without playing or seeing. And received 3 weeks later.

But i got warranty. So in your case is different, go to see the guitar and play it. I think that worth the extra money spend in travel, because it's a JEM 10 man !!!!
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Hi guys!

Thanks for all your quick replies! The reason why I answer so late is that yesterday, my brother and me decided to make this trip
And, what shall I say?! This guitar was absolutely worth this trip! The guitar is in a very very good condition. No single dink or scratch! Only the bridge pickup shows very little chrome wear. I was wondering if someone actually played this guitar more than 10 hours or so.
And the JEM sounds quite the same as the one from that local guy, as far as I can remember. The dealer didn´t have the certificate any more, but I think the guitar does not get worse by that!
As everybody who got the chance to buy this great instrument,I am so happy with it! In my opinion, the best and most beautiful guitar on this planet!
By the way, I payed 1700 euros (quite the same in dollars right now)!
Man, it will take me some days to realize what great deal I have made!

There is one last question: the serial number is F 612047. Can anybody tell me what this exactly means?

Thank you all! Stay tuned
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Hello,
Gontratulation for your deal... It's a really good price for that kind of guitar in Europe ... You must be very please.. I'm jealous .
I don't know what your number means but the only thing you've got to know is that is a 1996 model. It must be written on the back of your headstock 96XXXX...
If it helps!

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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-27-2002, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
 
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Well, the first number is 6 (after the letter F). Ithink this means 1996, or am I wrong? By the way, the JEM 10th from the local guy also had such a serial number ( F 6XXXXX ).
I know that with some companies it is possible to find out the exact "date of birth". How with Ibanez?
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It's easy to find on this site :
just have a look at this :
http://jemsite.com/axes/htm_features...tc.htm#neckssn

see ya
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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-30-2005, 10:46 AM
 
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Re: JEM 10th vs. JEM 10th

Hey man! Congrats with the new guitar!!

Do you know the pickguard number of both Jem10's you mention in your first post?
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