I posted this in the js1000 form, and I will repost it here (so I get the same from both biases)
I am looking for an Ibanez and am split between two models.
I have a limited budget but I can afford either one used... expected prices are as follows! (Obviously I would rather spend less but that will not be the only factor)
Jem 7v: $1200
Now my style of playing is generally quite bluesy and liked the js1000 for that, but wow I tore up on a Jem
My one big issue, is my main amp is a Marshall Major, 200 watts and I get my distortion by cranking it (thank god it gives me a power amp volume control!). I know the Jem will drive the amp, but will the js1000? The js100 wouldn't even phase it, but those are generic Ibanez pickups as opposed to the Fred. (I could get a boost, but I would like that to be optional).
Also, what would you guys say the bigger bang for the buck is... I am thinking without the amp issue the js1000 is quite a better buy. Also, how does the jem's tone cut through with a old cranked Marshall? (I have a Les Paul which has great tone for dirty rhythm work)