Hi zerolight. Good to see another Scot on here! I've never had the pleasure of playing a JS
so it's difficult to know the answer. What I did
do last year was finally trade my '89 Jem 777VBK in for a new UV777PBK and I can highly recommend one. I had much the same problem really. The black and green of the Jem seemed so cool in'93 when I bought it, but 10 years later just seemed too in-your-face! The Uni is a different beast altogether. So much class yet on the subtle side of flashy so I'm always proud, rather than embarassed, to be seen playing it
Everyone that sees it has only one thing to say- "Beautiful".
In addition, the tone, especially the clean tones, is far in advance of the '89 Jem. I was always secretly disappointed in the VBK. It was just a bit to thin, lacking low end response and really didn't like to play with any conviction on the bridge p/u. The neck had a lovely fluid sound, but the two seemed so mismatched. The Uni, on the otherhand, has SO much more depth, sustain, resonance, it's just so much better I couldn't believe it. I know the Evos in the VWH are a lot ballsier than the old PAF Pros, and I actually want to buy a VWH as a second guitar, but do try and find a Uni to try. Ignore the whole 7 string thing. You don't have to use it, and you adapt very quickly to it as well. If anything, I use it far more playing clean, especially through my GT6 with the effects doing lots of delay/chorus/spacey sounds. It also means I don't have to buy a bass and save some money
Just doing a pitch shift on the GT6 and using the lower string gives a lovely approximation
Of course, I also fancy adding a JS
to my collection, but the wife might disown me
Not to mention an EB/MM Luke, but we can always dream. Though the Uni is so versatile, I really don't need another guitar.
Try one, I hope you'll be impressed!
BTW, which store do you use? I've been using Sound Control in Edinburgh, though the new one in Corstorphine ("Guitarguitar") has me intrigued as it means no more manic lunchtime trips into town. Just park at PC World.