JEM7DBK vs JEM555BK Analysis
Firstly thanks to all on this board & site who have created this excellent resource.
My first post is this: Most technical critique requested of the 555.
What, specifically and technically, on the latest (EdgePro-equipped) 555BK, is inferior to any higher JEM.
(I have taken the 7DBK as an example since it seems the logical item to compare)
Early criticizm of the 555 were:
Tremelo (now replaced with EdgePro, same as higher models)
Looks like a cheap 7VH replica (not if it's black or refinished)
Vine inlay is half-done (matter of taste)
Items to forget: Looks (entirely, for obvious reasons, and if they're not obvious ... they're obvious just see the photos for comparison) ... pickups because they are replaceable.
Just looking at the basic instrument in its latest model.
I am looking for specific critical points where the 555 is lacking in sound feel or generally, as an instrument.
My background: I have played since the 80s (style of Lynch EVH Vai etc) and remember well the guitar market (UK) just prior to the introduction of the Ibanez JEM and RGs. There wasn't much on the market in 24-fret bolt-on metal strats. Thru-necks aplenty, but they're another story in terms of tone and in a completely different class of instrument. Then came the Ibanez machines, JEM's hung so high on the shop wall that not even a giant could take off the signs DON'T TOUCH, ASK FOR STAFF. The JEM FPs and DY's were duly tried-out and, though they were incredible quality, well, I did personally prefered the simplicity of the RG5-series cheap models as they seemed more an instrument to use day-to-day than a piece of art one may be scared to play for fear of marking it. The JEMs were of such a high quality that I felt them to be too precisely defined as an instrument. I found more artistic interest in the plainer, cheaper, rough-around-the-edges RGs, more potential as a creative instrument. But that's just subjective anyway, and to give some background to my interest in the latest 555. Rock on!