Hey all, I was half-way through writing this post and got a power surge throughout the neighborhood, ugh. Anyhow, i've been playing guitars for about 5 years now and have been playing electric for 1-2 years or so. I am playing a 1960's Hagstrom Condor. It sounds really bad, I know, haha, but it's actually not terrible. Here is a picture I found on google, if you're interested:
I have been working and saving up money for a new guitar for the past few months and I am at about 1.3k right now. I originally was looking into buying a USA standard Strat. I didn't like the baseball bat type neck on them and just couldn't get used to it after learning on this ultra-thin hagstrom neck(thinnest neck i've ever seen). I then played one of my guitar instructor's two 1996 Yngwie Malmsteen signature scallop-necked Strats. It was nice, but I am concerned about the scalloped neck since I have a somewhat heavier touch from learning on an acoustic(and still playing a lot of acoustic to this day). Now, about a month ago my instructor brought in his 1987 Lochness Green #7 of 777 JEM. Besides being ecstatic that I actually played #7 of the series, I found it to be a really nice guitar. The thickness of the neck was the closest to my thin hagstrom that i've seen yet, which I like. It also seemed to be able to reach a huge range of tonal possibilities - which is also a huge plus. I then went to my local Guitar Center and played a new 7VWH and it was nice as well. Although I do like the it a lot, I have a few question before I blow 1.8k on a new guitar. Although this man is a renowned jerk, Ed Roman talks about the poor intonation of the Jems here:
I by no means have perfect pitch, but is the difference in pitch noticeable? I have heard of tweaks to correct this problem, but i'd rather not have to buy a guitar and go through with those things. Also, is this a typical problem with most guitars? Or is this problem unique to Jems? I have also read an article in the past about the poor quality of earlier Jems(Paper fret-inlays, etc) and that honestly turned me off of Ibanez guitars for a long time until I actually played a nice Jem. I didn't think that Ibanez made quality guitars until I played a Jem, saw this huge fansite for the guitars, and realized Vai is playing them(so they must be good :P). I can play some Vai licks, but can't shred like Vai (yet). I am fully dedicated to playing guitar and have been for quite some time. This is by no means a "fad-thing", I am not just getting this because it costs a lot/Vai plays it. Please just give me some honest opinions on Jems and their quality. I would appreciate it very much!
Thanks for reading
P.S. - Great site, keep it up! My only question is why no images will show up for me on the home page? (They are all "X's")