Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: The FTL, Florida
Re: Which Jem? WDP or BFP ?
I don't know if I'd say an RG550 is more inline with a MIM Charvel. Maybe an Iron Label RGIX6? Or an RGEW521 with Dimarzio's? Or maybe the original RG950's?
Iron Label or standard Indo might be a hair below MIM Charvels though. Hard to compare. I know lots of Charvel San Dimas an So-Cal people are happy campers.
I like where the Premium line has gone offering neat features not provided on Prestige guitars. I think the Premium line could be expanded to offer more traditional models like the Pro Mods. I don't understand Ibanez's aversion to solid color finishes. Charvel's aren't my cup of tea really but, damn, if they don't come in some great finishes! Even their Pro Mod DK24 have great colors. Imagine an RG950 premium in that mattel blue, satin orange, shell pink, or army drab? Ibanez did the RG950 for, what, a few years and that's it? In just quilts? (though that tiger eye finish is super bad ass!) Make it in a solid color.
Or better yet, why not try to bring back the RT as a Premium? Maybe to nip a bit more at the Antique Modern trough.
Getting back on track a bit, the JEM70SFG seems to be the closest to trying on those classic colors and it looks sharp. Woody and BFP are more JEM like finishes.