If it's any consilation, I have an RG 570 with an IDENTICAL crack, that has held up the past year through band practices, school events, and lesson transportation that actually plays great. The only difference is, I paid $175 dollars for that guitar. I mean, this thing is yet to give me a problem, but then again I'm 17 and what do I know. Rich has probably been dealing with guitars longer then I've been alive. I don't know if I would make that deal considering the value at stack, and Gibson values only increase with years, as long as they're kept well, where as a Jem with a crack in the neck will only stay the same, at best.