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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-19-2002, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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my new impressions of the 7d & 7v - after being a bfp owner

My 1 year anniversary with my first and only Jem is this week. *After becoming intimate with my guitar, i thought i'd put up this post.

I was in GC today trying out the Boss PW-10 Wah (see the thread on the 'gear' forum).

Because I wanted to get a somewhat accurate test out of it, I took the 7d off the wall - they had a 7v, but it was up a little too high and I didn't want to be pretentious.

I found the 7d to be super-lightweight. *i don't know why this is, since it's made from the same materials, other than the fretboard. *Otherwise, it felt similar to my bfp.

After about 15 minutes of play (I'd already decided to buy the wah), i said 'screw it' and got the 7v off the wall. *I told the salesman i wanted to hear it with the Evolutions, since that's what i had in my guitar. :sarcasm:

First thing i noticed was the considerable weight difference. *I'd been playing the 7d, which was light, so I don't know if it was just heavier than that guitar or heavier than mine. *Probably both, since the woods are totally different. *The second thing i noticed was the thickness of the neck. *Good god. *It was almost like a baseball bat compared to what i'm used to.

The thing that remained consistent on both guitars - especially on the 7v - and is true of all stock Jems i've played, is that the middle pickup is like boobs on a giraffe. *2-3-4 positions have such a severe dropoff in volume, that they're just useless. *I don't understand why they do that. *They supposedly are matched to the gains of the humbucker sets, but they just don't even come close.

I'm sure I'm biased, because the BFP is the guitar i spend the most time with, but it blew both of those guitars away for playability (can't be a fair judge on tone, since I wasn't playing thru a familiar rig). *The AANJ didn't make much of a difference to me - maybe it was the maple board that made the difference.

I just can't wait to take my BFP off the wall now and play her for a while *Don't ask me what the point of this post was...just venting, i guess.

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my new impressions of the 7d & 7v

Hmm...unusual. *Your take on the JEM7VWH neck is kinda rare. *I've played a couple FPs, a BFP and lots of the JEM777's and they're almost always beefier than the JEM7VWH neck. *Of course, it's not a Wizard profile like the DBK. *I think the biggest thing you have to get used to with a JEM7VWH neck is how wide they are. *The string spacing is very wide on them
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my new impressions of the 7d & 7v

thank goodness for the string spacing on the 7v neck... it's the saving grace for my stubby fingertips.

anyhow, i've said this before - i had a floor model '99 7v for quite a while 'til GC ordered a new one for me, and it had that annoying volume dropoff on 2,3,4. *the new one, a '00 felt comPLETELY different.. unfinished neck (yes, i can't explain it either.. no other 7vs i've played had one - not even ones at GC after that one), and a 100% usable middle pickup. *it feels like as though while you can tell that they're lower output (which cleans up playing clean a LOT .. 2,4 especially), there's no appreciable loss in volume.

very very nice guitar, and i'm glad to have 'er

re: the 7d .. man that neck feels .. too skinny for me. *i guess the 7v's perfect for me

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my new impressions of the 7d & 7v

note: the 7v that I played was a 2001. *And neck-width isn't an issue for me - i prefer a wider spacing and i switch back and forth to my UV regularly.

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