JEM or JPM
This is a nasty question! I like it :biggrin:
I own a '90 77FP, a '99 7DBK and a JPM100P4, and I've been asking myself the same question for the last couple weeks. And the truth is I just can't seem to decide... The neck profile on my JPM was certainly more immediately comfortable than the slimmer profile on my DBK, and the Steve's Special and Air Norton give it a more defined, aggressive and altogether more modern sound than the PAF Pros in my 77FP, but don't quite have the attack and punch of the Breeds (to my ears, in my rig). Some days I revel in the effective simplicity of the JPM's minimalist three way switch, and others I grab one of the Jems because I need that middle pup. The 7DBK certainly has a "slicker", faster, and more fluid feel than the JPM's neck, but the trems - of course - are virtually indistinguishable from one another in feel and action... Ultimately my favorite tends to be which ever I am playing at the moment. If I had to decide on just one today - however - I would hold on to the JPM, simply because they are somewhat scarcer than Jems, especially current production models like the 7DBK.