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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-24-2004, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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My JEM is SERIOUSLY becoming my favorite guitar!

I used my JEM7VSBL last night at an open jam and for practicing yesterday. JEM's RULE! Right now my JEM and my RG3120DR are like my favorite guitars--and this is after swearing off Ibanez models for 7 years because I felt they were soul-less and had no tone (except JEM's, PGM's and JS1000's). EVO's are great PUP's!
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-24-2004, 12:35 PM
 
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i agree about RGs being souless, except signature models and the high end rg3120, the others really were colorless, even the RG2570 with the IBZ/Dimarzio pickups. they are just heavy metal weapons.
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I dont thing the RGs are souless. They just dont came with Di Marzio pups, wich you can fix by adding them. The RG3120 already has them wich is good, but the RGT3120 is also great, the same goes for the RGT3020, the USRG were great (well, Ibanez didnt really make them). Not to mention all de the J customs that come with Di Marzios. A mahogany RG520 with Di Marzios sounds as good as any jem IMHO.
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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-24-2004, 01:34 PM
 
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indeed all the highend RG3XXX series have a "Soul"
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post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-24-2004, 02:13 PM
 
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The soul is in the hands - it fits in just next to the tone..........
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The soul is in the hands - it fits in just next to the tone..........
lol!
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post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-24-2004, 03:52 PM
 
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i have an old rg520, and i think it has a soul. althoug it has an evolution in the bridge. we have grew into togheter over the years!
cool guitar!
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The soul is in the hands - it fits in just next to the tone..........
lol!
I'm just waiting for the "Is soul in the hands or in the equipment (or as Hamand would claim, in the feet)" arguement to start!
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post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-24-2004, 07:51 PM
 
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well all guitars can build a soul, its just that some are born with it!
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post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-24-2004, 08:51 PM
 
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My RG750's have soul... almost as much as my snot-beaten-out-of-it Tele...
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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-24-2004, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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MY particular RG750 however didn't have much tone (which is what started me down the Ibenhad road for a few years ). In clarification of my first post I am not saying other Ibanez models lack tone and soul, I meant that some of the ones I owned and had my hands on 7 years ago or so turned me off to Ibanez (must have been those particular models. 3 years ago I had a chance to buy a black UV7 for $900 NEW and I passed because it sounded tinny and didn't feel right and the Guild Bluesbird AAA sitting next to it kicked its ass (so I took that home instead). My friend's black Universe however is a really nice one and had it have been the one in the store back then, I might have had to buy 2 guitars that day Just depends on your luck as to which individual guitar you get to play in stores have THE tone and which are the throwaways. Ibanez makes some great stuff today though. The MIK SZ520 impresses me A LOT! The JEM and RG3120 (and RGT3120 and the newer model replacements) are superweapons. RG1550's are great too as are many other Ibanez models.
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post #12 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-25-2004, 12:07 AM
 
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It's fairly r-e-t-a-r-d-e-d to say that RGs don't have tone but JEMs do, since nearly any decent RG with good pickups will probably have better tone than a similar JEM, since it doesn't have all the extra routing.
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post #13 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-25-2004, 08:56 PM
 
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When I got my Jem a couple weeks ago I still found myself going back to my old Strat when I would sit down to play. Then after playing the strat for an hour or so I'd break out the Jem.
LOTS of memories with that Strat....
I've been out of town and brought the Jem with me to noodle on in the hotel room (no lewd comments!). Well this afternoon I got home and picked up the Strat and you know what? Something was missing.
It felt different. It wasn't as easy to play. It didn't scream with harmonics right when I wanted it to. And, it just looked like an old beat up guitar.
Some would say that it's because I got used to the Jem, the harmonics come out at a different position, etc etc but I think it's becuase I'm becoming more attached to it. It's not quite as 'new' now and I'm learning the secrets to making it purr. The Jem is very pretty, and the Strat is feeling it's age.

haha this post is making me laugh but here's my point- I DO think there's something to be said for an older instrument being broken in, but I think it's more that the owner is broken in to it. In time you're going to learn the ways of your new one and eventually you'll have two guitars (or 4 or 12) and as many techniques for bringing out the best in each. That's when people will say Man! That guy could make a fishing line tangled piece of driftwood sound good!

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Man! That guy could make a fishing line tangled piece of driftwood sound good!
lol! thats a good one!
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post #15 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-26-2004, 12:31 PM
 
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Thanks to an ancient Sumerian ceremony and a few sacrifices, my guitars now all have souls. MWAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
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