Please help a pro pick right model!!!
Hello new friends, tone gurus and great players,
I having been playing guitar semi pro for 40 years. I am 54, just retired, and moving to Austin TX in 3 weeks to go pro & spend the next half of my life immersed in music.
I have had at least 40 guitars in my, Les Pauls, Flying Vs, Strats , Teles Prs, etc My main guitar was always a Les Paul into a wah wah into a Mesa boogie.
I play everything from funk, blues ( BB, Albert & Freddy king) heavier blues like Hendrix, Trower, Frank Marino, Johnny Winter SRV etc. I also play hard blues rock like ZZ Top etc.
I also play hard rock but I am not a technically a shredder as play more like Michael Schenker and Gary Moore and although some players consider them shredders, I do not put them in the class of Ynygvie Malsteen, Paul Gilbert, Jason Becker, Vinnie Moore, and all those cats from that school of shred. I dig playing a little slower with more vibrato.
And of course I love all the greats from Satriani, Val, Steve Morse, Jeff Beck, Eric Johnson etc.
I always wanted a Jem and have decided to purchase my first one. For someone not familiar with nuances of different Jems, it is a tad confusing for me. Anyone who can help me understand just a few questions will be so much appreciated.
Here is my first confusion. Please read following review about a beautiful black & red floral Jem77 Steve Vai signature listed on Sweetwaters site for $3499. I do not understand what the reviewer means about the new neck. Should this be a concern and make me look at a different model?.
here is his review
The only thing keeping this from 5 stars is the neck joint. It is beyond me (and most Ibanez fans) as to WHY they decided to go with the old 1980's style neck joint instead of the MUCH better AANJ (All Access Neck Joint) that they use now and have been for years. The AANJ allows for much easier access to the higher frets. MUCH easier to play than this style . I assume Ibanez went with the old style because the original JEM Floral pattern guitar had it.Other than that it is awesome! Fantastic tone, great wizard neck and sustain. I really love it and play it ALMOST as much as my JEM 7V (which has the AANJ). Great addition to the JEM line up.
The Jem 7V is $2999. I am not going to worry about $500 at this stage in my life and just want the better playing guitar.
I would have posted the URLs to both guitars, but because this is my first post, I am not allowed to add links. If you go to Sweetwater and put Jem in search bar on top, you will see the guitars.
They also have these beautiful floral blue jems which are a lot less $1799. Ibanez JEM 77 Steve Vai, Plek'd - Blue Floral Pattern. I noticed these guitars have maple necks. Not sure what else you are losing with the lower cost model.
What is the consensus among everyone which neck they prefer...rosewood or maple? . I get it's individual preference, but I noticed in a photo of Vai that almost all his guitars were Rosewood. Maybe with Jems, Rosewood just sounds better.
We all love the aesthetics of a beautiful guitar, but I always go for playability before looks. Just wondering if the first reviewer was being over critical or is this a serious enough of an issue to go with the white Jem 7v
Can anyone elaborate on what he means?
Anyone who can shred some light would be greatly appreciated.
Also, if you feel there are better older models for a specific reason, please let me know year/model. . Tons of Jems on Ebay. For some reason, I always felt that with technology always improving, maybe the "edge" tremelo with locking grovers is a better choice than an older Floyd Rose. I think I read there was even a different locking system used in the 90s.
Thanks so much for anyone who took the time to help me out.
I trust everyone as this is your site.
You guys keep on rocking!!!
BobbyD_NYC Soon BobbyD-Austin TX. I am stoked