Re: Thoughts on the PIA (The new JEM)?
I've never owned a Jem, but only due to being monetarily challenged... always wanted one, thought they looked cool and sounded great. At first glance at the leaked photos I thought like most everyone that the Pia was hideous and just a bad copy of a Jem-type guitar.
I have to say though, after looking at them for a bit now... the design is starting to grow on me. I like the monkey grip too, but it is a little "rough"? Maybe that's not the right word, but the lines of the new Pia model actually look pretty good from an artistic viewpoint. Like comparing a vintage 60's BSA motorcycle with a vintage 60's Triumph, both great bikes and both bad @ss, but the "lines" of the Triumph just make it better looking. Not really saying the Pia is better looking than the Jem, but the lines are not as agrarian maybe? I dunno... Maybe it has it's place in the Ibanez lineup after all, and I like it more now knowing that it isn't replacing the Jem. Has some nice features, but the pickup covers are not one of them... in my eyes anyway.