I just signed up late last night after a member at Ibanez Forums.com referred me here. I used some of the documents on this website before for research, but it had never occurred to me just to join the forums in the first place.
Il cut to the point to save your eyes some bleeding because i can type for hours
. I have a bit of a dilemma. I've been wanting a Jem since i first picked up guitar 6 years ago, but obviously the Jem 7vwh , which is the more "conventional one" in my opinion, was hard to come across being that it is pretty expensive. The times i did see one, i would never dare approach it because i had neither the money nor the skills to play one. It was foolish, but i knew if i touched it i would not sleep until i owned one. That day came sometime two months ago and i was struck. I tried a 7vwh. It was untuned and played through a crappy vox amp, but still i could sense it's potential and i liked the overall feel. More than anything, i liked the look. It's been waiting for me at the shop for two weeks now. I needed to come up with 3k, so il be getting it probably sometime next week. Now here's where the problem begins. I was doing some late night ad searching last night and saw a 1988 Jem777 SK for sale at 1400$ near where i live. I love the 777 of the colorful nature for many reasons, but more importantly the fretboards and the wild dissapearing pyramid inlays. First off, i love maple fret boards. I find they play and feel much better than rosewood. I know this guitar is worlds apart from the Jem 7vwh, but i have the oppertunity to get an older Jem which i always thought would be hard for me to find, at less than half what i am paying for the brand new 7vwh.
I need to hear all the opinions i can get here as i am really unsure. Keep in mind, i emailed the owner about trying it out soon, but i think i should like it too. I;ve verified the neck profile, and although a little different, it seems to be more or less close to that of the modern jems.
Also, i would like to know how the build quality compares to the Team J Craft Jem 7VWH. Is the Quality similar ? Superior or inferior ? Where were the 777's built ? Were they good guitars in their time ?
I know my questions seem inconcisive and i know some of these have already been asked, but i assumed it would be okay for me to post a new thread since some have not been asked (i searched) and most of these are in a different context.
Any opinions, advice or help would be GREATLY appreciated!
Thank you in advance!