A Jem Too Far??? - Honest Opinions wanted!!!!
Hi All, (long post warning, bare with me)
I don't really know how to start with this thread and would appreciate it if you give your answers some deep and serious thought before responding (i'm not looking for a negative reaction, don't want to upset anyone....just honest opinions).
I have one simple, basic question.....do you (honestly) think that the Ibanez Jem series of guitars has gone on for too long now?
The reason i ask is because i first fell in love with them sometime around 1990 (ish). I seem to recall it was when Steve Vai had recorded 'Skyscraper' with David Lee Roth. I took out a bank loan for £1025 (approx $1580), which to me was a fortune at the time, to buy a Jem77FP. I played it for hours, but probably spent more time cleaning it than actually playing it. It was sold in 1993 as i needed some cash to buy a house :-(
Anyway, I decided to get a few more back in 2005 (good wages, more money than sense at the time) and had 3 different versions, a 77FP, 77BFP and 777VBK, as well as a Jem555 jr (not a popular version, but i loved it to be honest)...all of which i then sold when i lost my job in 2006 and all of which i wish i still had (DOH!!!!!).
So, that's my 'Jem History'.....and so to now.....Whenever i look around for another Jem these days, i always find myself looking for ones from that late '80's / early '90's era (PBK, DY, SK, FP, BFP, VBK) etc, etc.
Personally, I didn't like the sparkle blue model, not impressed with the 'Breed' pickups on the DBK, thought the BRMR was a bit over the top (be too scared to scratch it), thought the DNA was over-priced, and i had no real interest in the various anniversary models (even though they looked fantastic).
And now i see that the 7VWH (which i did like circa 1997) is now made with cheaper woods, no longer with an ebony fretboard etc.
So, bringing this thread up to date....Having been away from Jems (and this great website) for a few years, i've discovered that there is now a Jem 505 and a Jem FP mk2?.....i can't help but feel that Ibanez are flogging a dead horse!!!!!!
What on Earth is a Jem 505 exactly (a 555 made somewhere even cheaper than Korea?)...
and as for the mk2 FP...i thought the whole idea was that the original mk1 design was based on Steve Vai's parents curtains? The mk2 just looks a bit of a mess in comparison (still a great looking guitar in a lot of respects, but does it really deserve the 'FP' tag?).
Sorry to go on, just wondered what other peoples views were on the subject, especially the 'old school' collectors amongst you.
I've really gone off the new Jems...am i just stuck in the past, am i alone ?
Happy Playing :-)
Last edited by snakeman4968; 09-03-2010 at 12:46 AM.