Re: Please explain the difference.
So absolutely no blame goes to the shop? You just pull a guitar off the shelf and expect it to play awesome, being shipped and sitting in storage or on the sales floor shouldnt affect anything.
But that's not the point Im making right now, the guy asked about a Jems, I compared it to other cpmanies making a premier model and subcontracting another company to make an entry model at no point was this a Gibson Vs Epiphone thread, but you saw the two names next to each other and had to run with it.
Yes, the Gibson name adds to the price, just like the Jem name adds to the price.
Maybe you dont care about how the people that make your instruments are treated as long as you can get cheap gear that looks like the real thing, and keep saying that Epiphone is better, maybe if you say it enough one day you will believe it.
Also I KNOW if you search these boards you will find people who say their 555 is as good as a real Jem.
I will close by stating another popular opinion Gibson > Epiphone (that means Gibson wipes it's ass with Epiphone :P ).