Well I am DEFINITELY a JEM guy when it comes to Ibanez guitars. I play all other styles as well but JEMs are my main thing. Well I took a chance and traded a JEM7VBK (player condition) for a MINT JS1000.
Usually when someone uses the word MINT to describe a guitar I automatically think "well its probably a 8 out of 10 realistically". When I pulled this baby out of the Ibanez hard-shell case I was stunned!!! Not a scratch ANYWHERE!! I could not even find polish swirls on the body!! I am wondering if it was played more than 2 times!!!
For all my fellow JEM enthusiasts out there I totally agree when you look at the pictures of the standard JS
it does not "stand out" as well as the JEM. You know, no fancy neck inlay, no handle or lion's claw....... but you have to "see" a JS1000WH in person to really appreciate it. The body is so sleek and smooth and the abalone dot inlays REALLY stand out. The guitar looks very elegant and feels unreal.
I play Fenders as well as JEMS so I am use to different size necks. This multi radius neck feels like it is right in between those neck styles so it is just perfect. The action is SOOOO low with no buzz. It needed a slight set up after I got it but it plays like a million bucks now.
The tone is different from the JEM but.... that was expected. I love JEM guitars but I have always been into Satch's tone a little more. The FRED pickup is warm sounding but can really bite if you need it to. The coil tap and high pass filter is very cool. Its not a 75' Strat but its one of the closest facsimiles I have run across on a "rock" guitar.
I played for about 4 hours on this guitar and I am just floored. In no way have I been "converted" rom JEMS but I DEFINITELY have another guitar that ranks right up there with the JEM. In fact I have a feeling I will be playing this guitar a little more than my JEM for some time.
DEFINITELY try out a JS1000 if you get te chance. Its a SWEET guitar!!!