Re: Jem Necks - Help Please!
Having owned alot of Ibanez guitars in the past and present. I can say that the necks vary from model to model. The only true Jem that I owned was a 7DBK. The neck on that thing was very thin and flat in my opinion. Loved it and now I kick myself for getting rid of it.
Having said that, I've owned a RG270, RG350DX, 4 RG7620's(7 strings), Jem 7DBK, 2 JS100's, 3 RG550's(the original ones) and now two Jem swirls that I've pieced together, one with a RG450 neck and the other with a RG570 neck. The difference is when you start getting to the higher end RG's is that the necks start to resemble the Jem's in my opinion. Very thin and flat.
And after all that, I only wish I had my 7 strings back. I've got one now but wish I would have kept the previous three. The Jem7DBK was yeah o.k., the RG550's I wouldn't mind having back just because of collectability but I'd still play them.
So in conclusion, your higher end RG necks are close to Jem's(at least I think) and like the mod Jim777 said, if you don't like Wizards, then I wouldn't even look into a Jem.
Only way you'll know for sure is go to a music store and play one. Find a Jem and just spend some time with it. 20 minutes with it and you'll know if you dig the neck or not. I'm pretty strange when it comes to guitars. I can tell whether or not I'm going to like a guitar just by running my hand down the neck. Which is why I've stayed with Ibanez and Fender's my whole life. I found two types of guitars that I like and that's what I stick with. Jackson's are o.k., couldn't get me to buy an ESP and the hell with Gibsons.