Re: The Jem Jr is an RG450 in disguise
I have played for 25 years, and adore Ibanez guitars. I have had about 20 or so Ibbys in my time (and a few other brands), mostly S-series guitars ranging from early to mid-90's Japanese models to relatively modern Indonesian made fare. I currently own a Japanese-made 540SOL, a heavily modified RG470AHM and a Laguna body with an EX-series neck on it (the best playing of the bunch). I just bought a used Jem Jr from GC without laying a hand on it, and at a steal of a price. Want to know why?
I can do fret work, shim, drill or fill, or otherwise modify anything I want to my liking. I know I won't be getting a $1500 + Jem, and I don't care. I like the look, like Steve, always wanted a Jem, and if there is any guitar you'd want to hot rod and not feel stupid for doing so, it would be a Jem Jr.
You'd feel pretty dumb trying and failing to mod a $1500 + Jem, wouldn't you?
We aren't talking the difference between a GIO and a $2,000 RG here. And whomever says the Jr isn't a real Jem must forget that Steve endorses these guitars, too. More inexpensive doesn't align with 'cheap', and a player's wants and needs are individual. To that end, I don't want to spend that much on a guitar.
I played a floral Jem in a shop once... was not blown away. I much preferred a Peavey V-Type EXP model, and bought it used for 200 bucks instead.
Lastly, for the elitists that scoff at the Jem because it isn't expensive (or a 'real' jem).... EVH set the world on fire with a parts guitar.... so did George Lynch... so did Brian May.... and even Steve's pre-jem guitars were not nearly as pricey as the stuff he puts out today, and with none of those features. Let your playing, and not the price of your equipment, do the talking!