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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-09-2012, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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My first JEM or UV

Hey all. I'm in a pickle. I've played Ibanez guitars before, and I love them, but until now I've never been so close to buying one. I'm playing a Fender tele right now, and it's got a glossy neck which makes it almost impossible to play fast on it, so I've decided after much consideration to get a JEM or UV. I've found used JEM7VWH from $1300, which is a real steal, and a UV7BK (green trim) for the same price. I also like Paul Gilbert, and I found a pgm500 for about $1000. Which of these do you think would be the best buy? I'm leaning towards the JEM7VWH. I mean, would you get a Premium JEM for $1300 or a J Craft for the same price? What do you all think?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-09-2012, 03:32 PM
 
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Re: My first JEM or UV

You just can't hate a white JEM.
I see them for as low as $900 and as high as $1800.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-09-2012, 04:22 PM
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Re: My first JEM or UV

You could just sand the neck of your tele. Just saying.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-09-2012, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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You could just sand the neck of your tele. Just saying.
Don't get me wrong, I love my tele. It's great for blues and lighter rock, but it can't do faster things...Plus I don't wanna do it myself and I don't wanna pay to have it done
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Re: My first JEM or UV

chances are, you won't be that much faster on the Jem. It'll be more comfortable though, I definitely agree. Also, I do the same as you. I believe in teles and strats for a real blues tone. Solid bodied alder matched with single coils give you that smooth and yet crispy blues rock tone that a high output humbucker just can't get right.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-09-2012, 08:16 PM
 
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Re: My first JEM or UV

I vote for the UV.

7 strings f**king rule

And try and remember, 7 strings have built-in 6 strings! They just take a day or two to get used to (yes, a day or two. Everyone says it takes months but that's crap. I got used to my first 7 within hours).
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-10-2012, 03:22 AM
 
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I have a UV7Bk, and about 15 other guitars too, but i play the UV almost every day. It sounds great, and feels the best. For me of course
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-10-2012, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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I'm not sure what to do. Maybe get the UV first, cause I might not find another for a while, then get the JEM later, because there seems to be a lot of them floating around.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-10-2012, 08:49 PM
 
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Re: My first JEM or UV

I have to cast a vote for the Jem - I have a 2004 model Jem7vwh and it is my best playing guitar - the neck is still the best feeling neck out of any Ibanez I've ever played...at the end of the day you really have to try both and see which one feels better in your hands - you will know when you pick it up and feel the neck...7 strings sound cool and are good for certain things but I could never have one as my main guitar cuz I don't like the wider necks but that's just me....my point is that you have to try them out and see which on feels best and go with that one....

btw - I would still sand the neck on your Tele - I can't stand gloss finish on necks...it's easy to do - you just want to sand it a bit to smooth it out - it's easy - I did it to my Strat about 15 years ago and it's still all good...
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-10-2012, 11:22 PM
 
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What have you decided to go for man? If get the uv....I'd actually buy a couple uv's
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-11-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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What have you decided to go for man? If get the uv....I'd actually buy a couple uv's
THIS.....
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-12-2012, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Haha well thanks for all the suggestions. I've decided on an LNG copy, cause I like the LNG, and I can afford one. I have a thread about it on here somewhere...
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