Could be another sleeper like the BFP. Three years ago, noone raised an eyebrow at the BFP. I even passed up an opportunity to buy one for $800, and it was in good condition. I am afraid now that the same BFP would sell for at least a grand.
Also, let's not forget that there were Jem models that only were produced for a year, and this may be another one of them. In a couple of years, it may be recognized as a highly sought after Jem - "rarer" than the rest because noone bought them in the first place.
IMHO, there are plenty of production details that certainly did not warrant a price increase. The obvious being things that have already been mentioned, but some little-er known facts such as the mismatched hardware - can anyone explain this yet?
It almost seems possible that they got a discount from Gotoh because they over produced the tuning gears enclosures, and then matched them up with the new "vintage" tuning keys (I dunno the "vintage" stuff looks like the powder coated stuff used on the BSBs and the other high end RGs - maybe these were from a failed batch of powder coated hardware) The mismatched hardware reeks of "frankenstrat" to me.
Finally, the plastic/paper vine inlays vs. abalone/pearl.
I'm sure I am not the first person to bring up these points conisdering the length of the "new Jem" thread.
I like the way the Jem looks, but it is out of my price range, even at the $1200 that the "Music Gear Guys" are trying to unload them for.