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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-09-2002, 04:47 AM Thread Starter
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Hello all, I am wondering if some of you can shed some light on the differences between the Jem and the JPM P1 and P2. I own a BSB, and a 7VWH which both have stock Evolutions, and have played a 7DBK with Breeds, but I have never had my hands on an Ibanez Petrucci yet. I have grown fond of the looks of the P1 and P2 models and would like to know how they will compare to my Jems as far as the difference in pickups, neck profile, and overall feel and tone. I have read that the Air Norton pickups are sweet but also realize you can't believe everything you read
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-09-2002, 05:49 AM
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actually playing one yourself would tell you more about the guitar and pickups and "feel" than any opinion written on Jemsite


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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-09-2002, 08:50 AM
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Wow... I haven't seen this thread in years!

The JPM is pretty different from the Jems, both tonally and in feel. The JPM has a slightly thicker neck than the newer Jems. The tone is also pretty different. The Air Norton (direct mounted in basswood) is incredibly smooth, and the Steve's Special is a "take-no-prisoners" rock pickup--I used to think of it as only a metal pickup only, but it's actually pretty versatile (depends a lot on how you have your amp EQ'd--if you scoop your amp, the Steve's Special is metal 24-7). The in-between clean position (parallel coils) is very crisp and snappy.

Personally, (opinions being like...) I'd take a JPM over a Jem any day, mostly because I prefer the feel and overall tone so much more. But a lot of people here will argue for the Jem. The JPM-P1 was my first Ibanez, and I've since had a P2 and P90, all of which rock!

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the JEM & JPMs are more similar than dissimilar in feel, etc. if you are interested in used JPMs, you might want to take a look at the USRGs. These have a similar neck to the JPM but have an alder body/maple top and no picasso finish. You might also save a few hundred bucks, and wind up with a better axe overall. Your mileage may vary ...glen
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-09-2002, 12:35 PM
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well, other than the RG-ART the JPM P1 is undoubtebly the most beautiful ibanez, however, ive heard over and over that the jem7vwh is better playably but i dont like thin necks, im a flamenco classical player as well, tone is all yours, i much prefer Petrucci's tone,so i give it to him, i like the very bright shart trebbly sounds he gets, im a becker tone fan. now its up to your like in feel in playing thats really the most importnat, tone can be tweaked. you dont want a gorgeous guitar that you dont like to play or hold. but i just cant get ever the JPM P1, and if i had 1500, i would buy one. Jems are easy to come by and also, if you dont like the JPM, you can always sell or trade for a Jem with money, which is another cool factor. There are MANY MANY MANY threads on this, search around, youll find great stuff.
Aesthetics : JPM
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Playability : Jem (by most, but for me Id also give it to the JPM)
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-12-2002, 05:11 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry, I didn't realize there were previous posts with this same subject. After reviewing all your input, I will probably just pick one up when I find the right deal. I just don't have any recourse for playing one because no one I know has one nor do the local guitar shops ever see any used ones. I guess if for some reason I didn't like it, I could always sell it or trade it towards another Jem. Perhaps that BFP or Jem90 that have been dancing in my head also Boy, I have always had a BAD case of G.A.S., but since I discovered Jems a couple years ago, It has been MUCH worse! They're all so dang pretty tho'
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-12-2002, 12:52 PM
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Well, i like JPM´s very much, but a very similar guitar but better (except the trem) is a Washburn N4... awesome...
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-12-2002, 02:40 PM
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As i said: Jem rules. Therefore its called Jemsite and not JPMsite.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-12-2002, 04:21 PM
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One important difference is the placement of the knobs and the switch.

In the JPM the volume, tone knobs and the switch are placed near the bottom of the body, inline. While the JEM has the more traditional Fender like placement.

You have to have a very long pinky in order to perform volume swell (violin) effects on the JPM.

BTW does anyone know how John did the volume swell effect back when he was with Ibanez?
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-13-2002, 04:44 AM
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with a vol pedal
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-13-2002, 07:28 AM
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I have a BSB, also played a P3 (the cow one) and the neck on the petrucci is definetly thicker. Very comfortable though, but different in a lot of ways. Still bloody nice though
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