but every time I pick up one of my Jems, it is home. To me, there is no other neck that even compares.
Isn't this why they make literally thousands of guitar models with countless permutations... personal taste?
After reading about Suhr's for so long, it is a guitar I have tried only once, but it wasn't a modern, and felt totally like a Fender to me. Just this weekend, in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to hold a Suhr modern. I was wondering if I'd wanna sell all my Jems and become a Suhr fanboy. Well, NO. Just like the first Suhr, I tried, the modern would never work for me. The neck is where it is at for me, and that modern neck is also very Fenderish. Just in no way what I would want to play. Personally, after trying two of them now, I don't get the hype.
So you own thousands of dollars worth of JEMs... have great familiarity & comfort in them.... then played two random Suhrs not to your spec or liking, in an unfamiliar setting & question their "hype" ??? That's a headscratcher to me but lets go more to facts...
Suhr has 3 modern necks with 4 radius or custom radius (many options) available
Modern Elliptical .780 inch to .830 inch. 19.8mm to 21.1
Modern GG Elliptical .800" to .850". 20.3mm to 21.6
Modern Elliptical .820" to .870". 20.8mm to 22.1
7.5-9.5 inch Compound
9-12 inch Compound
10-14 inch Compound
16 inch Non-compound
Custom radius ($50)
and two nut widths
1.650 inch (1 and 5/8 inch)
1.687 inch (1 and 11/16 inch)
Ibanez OTOH offers customers a decorated RG (JEM) with a slightly larger neck (sometimes) at whatever exact neck dimension Fujigen, China or Indo factories use for the resulting "Ibanez JEM". Sure you can have a total preference for JEMs but to rip Surh is unnecessary.
The JEM is just Vai's signature guitar that Ibanez struck gold using Vai's endorsement to sell product for 30 years. The Suhr can be your own signature guitar of at least the same quality (it's far higher quality in fact).