Hello everyone. As a member, I'm new to the forum, but I've been reading for several weeks.
My question has to do with the Quality of Jems. What I'm concerned about is all the posts on troubles and fixes for 03' Jems. I'm looking at a Jem 7VWH. I'm also looking at USA Jacksons. The bottom line so far has been I like the way the Jem plays better than the Jackson. (Personal pref) However, I'm worried about spending a lot of cash on a guitar that may have some design flaws in the trem or the nut or whatever. I don't mind if I don't like the pick ups, but the overall construction quality and attention to detail really make me lean back towards the Jackson. I'm not saying Jacksons are better or perfect, but I've heard of less construction or design problems with them. I also have a 68' Les Paul and a PRS, so I'm prepared to spend the money on a quality guitar, but I would be really upset if I bought a Jem and it was a P.O.S. or needed substantial modification right out of the box. I just want to get what I'm paying for, nothing more, nothing less. What are your thoughts? Like I said, I liked the way the Jem Played better than the Jackson and it's really that simple. But, I would rather have nothing than spend a lot of money on something that Ibanez has lowered the quality on, and raised the price. Am I wrong/crazy to expect high quality when paying a premium for a guitar? Or should the price on the Jem be like $600.00, which is where the quality seems to be. Unless I'm wrong and the people having trouble with Trem studs or knife edges or saddles are in the minority. I understand that any guitar company can make a mistake and there will be some troubled instruments out there. Maybe my expectations are to high? Please let me know what you all think. I don't have any experience with Ibanez so forgive my ignorance. Thanks so much for your comments.