Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Re: Just want to know
I just answered one of about a billion questions you seemed to ask within one paragraph.
I think some people are attracted to Jems because they're what Vai plays, others are attracted to them because they have what they're looking for in a guitar, and most fall somewhere in between the two categories. I think the VBSL would probably have lasted a few more years if it was cheaper, made out of basswood for instance, and therefore could have survived the limited association with Vai for a little longer because more people could have afforded them. But then again, most Jems are only made for a small amount of time anyway, with the exception of the VWH, the FP and to a lesser extent the DY. There are many more Jem variations out there which Vai was rarely seen with - RB, VBK, PMC, GMC, 10th, 90th, BSB, BFP... so the VBSL isn't an isolated incident. I don't think it's necessarily a failure - I've seen more of them than VWHs here in Melbourne at least - it's just time for that particular variation on the Jem theme to step aside for the next one.