Originally Posted by bob mclaughlin
I,ll tell you something from MY experence, and nothing against RG lovers here but, you can change pick-ups, guards/covers, necks, etc...And as far as trade-in value/ re-sale value goes, An RG is still an RG!! Nothing like the REAL thing.(JEM)
Yes yes, true true, but what of us RG lovers (I WANT a Jem, but I can't fork over that kind of loot for one) that don't ever intend to SELL our guitars?
I was going to sell my old RG 550 (1990 model) because I've fallen in love with the AANJ on my 1999 RG 520, but I simply couldn't part with it.(I have small hands and the AANJ helps a LOT. Not to mention that I kind of like thinking of it as All Around New Jersey. :P )
I've had it a long time and even though it's been pushed over to "backup guitar", even when I get another new one I'll not part with it. Too much "love" in that guitar, even though it's "only" an RG.
So I couldn't care less if it's only worth enough to trade for a Hershey bar, it's staying with me, dings, scrapes, missing bits of wood, mis-matched chrome and black hardware and all.
For me, bottom line as far as the original posters question . . .
No, a JEM isn't a pricey RG with Mr. Vai's name on it, it's a very well made guitar designed to the wants and needs of a talented musician, and if those traits are what you want in a guitar, and you can afford it, go for it.
An RG, while BASED on the JEM, isn't a Jem, it follows some of the traits of the Jem in basic shape and design, but there are more than enough differences to make it it's own guitar.
And while it's normally less expensive than a Jem, it may actually be better for some people in certain areas, not only price. (I'm not including the lower end RG line from Korea, these are aimed at the "low price" crowd and are simply too varied in quality to comment on. I'm a US or Japan man when it comes to guitars.)