Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Rhinelander, WI - USA
Re: JEM 77BRMR has landed!
All right, here are my first impressions of the JEM 77 BRMR, after playing it for a few hours.
First, it looks MUCH better in real life than it does in photos. I was afraid it might look a little cheap or glitzy. It doesn't. The mirror is obviously very difficult to photograph, but looks great in real life. Also, the binding is really beautiful and adds a great deal of richness to the guitar's appearance. The rosewood/dots fretboard is too plain for this guitar IMO, which is a shame, because this has a really fast, comfortable neck.
Mine is brand new but does have a couple of small flaws from the factory. First, the output jack is missing a little paint. It's not a chip, it was missed. I will fix this like nothing with a bit of paint, but still, it's a bit disconcerting. Incidentally, the paint in the output jack of my 7VWH is also a bit thin, but the BRMR is right down to the wood in this spot. It is small. I tried to photograph it but couldn't. Also, right around the monkey grip, the edge is not perfectly smooth, and you can kind of see through some of the mirror at that edge. Again, small, but imperfect. The binding on mine is perfect, with no separation anywhere. I was worried about that, but no problems here. And the rest of the guitar appears flawless. I can't find any more flaws anywhere.
In terms of playability, it is very good. The neck is nice and thin, very similar to the neck on my RG20051, thinner than the neck on my 7VWH. The rosewood on this neck is nice and dark, but it's not glass-smooth like the ebony board on my 7VWH. I prefer the ebony board. The action is good on this guitar, and the string tension has a "soft" feel, which makes string bending fun.
This guitar sounds really good. I like the sound a lot. It doesn't seem to have as much gain as the Evolutions on my 7VWH though, which seems weird, because this guitar looks more like a badass than my 7VWH, so it seems like it should have at least as much gain. I will continue to compare these two, and if I decide it needs more gain, I'll put swap the bridge Breed for an Evolution.
This is a very cool counterpart to my 7VWH. I like it very much the way it is, but I think it could be improved with an Ebony board and a vine. Also, I may replace the bridge pickup with an Evolution (we shall see).