I don't like them at all. There was always a "budget" Jem: it's called the RG550.
And since we now have three of those (1550, 2550 and 3550) a budget Jem is about as useful as a potato in outer space. However, if these 505s mean the end of the 555 some good may come of it.
Originally Posted by Rich
The DBK was one of the best workhorse JEM's ever built. They needed a model to fill that niche. These are basically the exact specs I've been asking for.
I agree on the DBK, that was a budget DNA, with an industrial look spawned from the BSB and HAM. It made sense. It had a proper neck, proper pups and a proper trem.
I also agree on the niche; entry Jems should compete directly on price with the upper tier of RGs (currently the 3550)
As for the specs, did you seriously ask them for the return of the Original Edge? And why didn't they put a set of Dimarzio/IBZ in there?
To put this into perspective, back in the days the RG770dx came with IBZ/USA pups, at a price comparable to both the DY and VBK, the cheapest Jems at the time (below the FP/BFP and GMC/PMC).