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.