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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-02-2016, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
 
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JEM 77BFP or FP2?

So, if I were in the market for another JEM (not really, my dear wife...coughs), what is the general consensus on these two beauties?

Fairly much the same, down to aesthetics or is one head and shoulders above the other?

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Edit - Yes, I am aware that one is twice the price of the other. Is it worth it, is the follow-up question!

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I own them both.
I hate to tell you this but, I Love them both equally!

Main differences as far as feel goes-

Neck design
Pickups

It really boils down to what you like the look of better.
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Re: JEM 77BFP or FP2?

Thank you.

By neck design - different thickness, feel and the like?
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Thank you.

By neck design - different thickness, feel and the like?
The neck on my old 91 BFP is one piece until the headstock.

The FP2 is a five piece neck all the way through the headstock.
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Re: JEM 77BFP or FP2?

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So, if I were in the market for another JEM (not really, my dear wife...coughs), what is the general consensus on these two beauties?

Fairly much the same, down to aesthetics or is one head and shoulders above the other?

Cheers!

Edit - Yes, I am aware that one is twice the price of the other. Is it worth it, is the follow-up question!
Given your point about the cost difference, are you talking about the early 90s BFP, or the newer Indonesian Premium BFP?
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I would go with the FP2, although it would be based purely by aesthetics seeing I have never played either. The only time I like seeing maple on a fretboard is when it's on a Telecaster.
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Re: JEM 77BFP or FP2?

The FP2 is the guitar I most regret selling. I really miss it.
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Re: JEM 77BFP or FP2?

I believe the FP2 has the standard neck bolt plate. The PBFP has the AANJ joint which allows greater access to the upper frets.

Personally really like the AANJ joint myself.
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I believe the FP2 has the standard neck bolt plate. The PBFP has the AANJ joint which allows greater access to the upper frets.

Personally really like the AANJ joint myself.
I have many of both neck joint types.
You get two more frets of reach on an AANJ without changing your grip.
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I am aware that one is twice the price of the other. Is it worth it, is the follow-up question!
I have an FP2. Didn't need it. It's only worth it if you GOTTA have it.
The FP2 is twice as new but it isn't twice as good!
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I break Ibanez down into two groups; Pre 1994 and post 1994. Furthering my Ibanez theory, I've always felt that there was something special going on with the guitars that were manufactured up to 1994. There was a magic happening with those instruments that doesn't seem to be there in the later models. I've owned and played several different Jems from various years and stand by this statement. It is however only my opinion.

Now I'm an Ibanez lover and still appreciate their guitars, no matter the year. If given the chance to own a pre 1994, or a post 1994 though, I'd go pre every time.
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Re: JEM 77BFP or FP2?

I feel that late '90s - early 2000s Ibanez was at the top of their game.
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I break Ibanez down into two groups; Pre 1994 and post 1994. Furthering my Ibanez theory, I've always felt that there was something special going on with the guitars that were manufactured up to 1994. There was a magic happening with those instruments that doesn't seem to be there in the later models. I've owned and played several different Jems from various years and stand by this statement. It is however only my opinion.

Now I'm an Ibanez lover and still appreciate their guitars, no matter the year. If given the chance to own a pre 1994, or a post 1994 though, I'd go pre every time.
I say the same thing. But my magic years end at 1992 for JEMs.
JS models and a few Rgs still had great years into the early 2000s.
Then in 2010, the FP2 came out and WOWed me!
I also think the the JEM7V7 is the best JEM/UV I own now.
The new JS 24 fret models are the bomb too! (2400, 2410 and 2450)
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After looking at the Maple fretboard on my 91 BFP, it beats the FP2.
I'd take my 91 BFP over my 2010 FP2.
I'm splitting hairs; I like blue better than red too!

If you’re talking about the new PBFP, get the FP2.
It’s not even a contest.
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I break Ibanez down into two groups; Pre 1994 and post 1994. Furthering my Ibanez theory, I've always felt that there was something special going on with the guitars that were manufactured up to 1994. There was a magic happening with those instruments that doesn't seem to be there in the later models. I've owned and played several different Jems from various years and stand by this statement. It is however only my opinion.

Now I'm an Ibanez lover and still appreciate their guitars, no matter the year. If given the chance to own a pre 1994, or a post 1994 though, I'd go pre every time.
I am very new to JEMs having just got my first one last month, and my 2nd one eight days later. My first one is an '89 77FP. I was so impressed with it I decided I needed another one! My second is a '00 7VWH. This isn't a knock at the '89, I obviously love it very much. That being said, my 2000 is a much better player. I think the '89 most definitely sounds a bit better, but the '00 is an amazing playing guitar. It's a bit strange this is the case seeing how the necks are nearly identical. I would definitely recommend you try some more later ones. It is possible I just got a freakishly good one, but I have a very good feeling there's plenty more where it came from.

If for some reason I could only keep one though, I'd keep my '89 because it is better sounding, and does have a bit of a "coolness" factor about it. However I would have the finish on the back of the neck sanded off, and I'd refret to medium jumbos to make it feel more like my 2000

Actually I'm not sure of the fret sizes, but the frets on my '89 feel gargantuan compared to my '00. I'd be surprised if both have the same size. Neither have any apparent fret wear, and I believe neither had a refret. Well I'm sure the 7VWH hasn't. It's absolutely mint, and I don't believe it's been played very much (if at all).

Actually I don't know which I would keep. I hope I never have to find out. Now I'm thinking I would keep the 7VWH. It still sounds really great and it is the guitar I go to more often.
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