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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-23-2003, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
 
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plain-looking Ibanez JEM in China

hi all,

i am currently working in china, and am gonna buy a guitar while i am here. i visited a guitar shop recently and found an american Fender Strat, which costs around 4000 yuan and an Ibanez JEM, which costs around 3000 yuan. these are ballpark figures, and can be bargained down, i'm sure. they sure look alright, but i didn't test any of them. i've not played guitar for about 1/2 a year and am very rusty. i don't even keep in touch with new guitars and innovations anymore.

but i'm definitely interested in the Ibanez JEM. it doesn't look flashy - just a pearl-like pickguard and mostly black colour. can someone identify it for me? it could be from Japan.

i'm sure that the shops here sell copies or fakes, i just don't know which countries they're from. they all claim that the guitars are american-made.

so are the guitars a good deal, especially the JEM?

thanks a lot for your help!

JS
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is it this one? if so, it shouldn't cost more than about $450USD, well, I wouldnt' pay more than that. I'd buy an RG550 or something over that first.



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thats a jem555bk. right? its from korea.. its a cool guitar if you are on a tight budget. there are complaints about the termolo of that guitar, the lo-trs 2...
i saw one from china. here are some of the looks that i observed.
1) it doesnt have a pearl pickguard.
2) the flower inlays are not there. none of them...
3) i think the pickups are not dimarzios..
4) the 'made in china' chop might be at the back.. but i didnt check
it out because the owner looks mad!
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-23-2003, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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re: plain-looking Ibanez JEM in China

yeah. i think it looks more like the Ibanez Jem Jr at the Swee Lee website (http://www.sweelee.com.sg/Ibanez/Iba...pt02/jemJR.htm)
guess it costs more in singapore. i'm a singaporean, and swee lee has a monopoly of most guitar brands in singapore.

i think my memory fails me and it doesn't have a pearl inlay.
i'm going back to the shop, and i will definitely check out whether it has the "made in china" chop at the back of the guitar, littlewing.

it might be a good copy - there are cheap knockoffs everywhere in china -and the Fender and Ibanez certificates may also be copied.

thanks a lot for replying guys!
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Do all your research before any $$'s change hands.

Because of all those Chinese knockoffs they released the Jem333 targetting the markets where these copies are sold. It's priced at the same point as the knockoffs, but is claimed to be pretty bad, just a notch above the copies.
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I have no complaint about my Jr333...I actually love it...
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which parts of china do u live in?
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ibanez in china

I currently live in Dalian. Why...you been there?
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