I have not played a Jem777 DY (I wish) but those guitars are expensive and should hold their value well.
There not too expensive as long as you're not wanting a mint 1987.
There's a couple of SKs and a DY in the classifieds right now.
Now what do you think about jem 777 DY,SK?do they pay their collectable cost in sound?
In my humble opinion; yes. I bought a 777DY because I always saw them in pawn shops and wanted one as a teenager. What I wasn't expecting is a guitar that spoiled me against new Ibanez guitars. I could write seven or eight paragraphs describing every nuance of what excites be about that guitar, and you can PM me if you want details, but I can sum it up pretty well.
At some point, I think your average Ibanez became a little *too* refined. I see the AANJ and the various iterations of the Edge (even the Zero) as honest attempts at improvement. The point where I feel they became too refined is whenever they started doing 5-piece necks.
Do not misunderstand me, those necks are fantastic. They're definately something Ibanez is entitled to use as a selling point. However, the way they feel versus a one-piece is like night and day to me. They feel less like a raw, organic, heavy rock superstrat and more like slick, sterile, Nu-metal machine. If I wanted that, I'd buy a Schecter or an ESP.
I feel sad because I really like Ibanez, but I've just come to realize that the only Ibanez guitars I could see myself buying at this point all have 77 or 777 in the model name.