I still want a good looking hardtail Jem.
Me too. And why the astronomical price for a fixed bridge
what is the point of anything but the VWH essentially since '93.
I'm not sure, either. I have been a Steve Vai fan since the DLR days and the birth of the Jem series Ibanez... I hate to say this about my favorite guitarist... but the guitars he's created in more recent years are uninspired. With the exception of maybe
the VSBL and perhaps one or two other Jems I'm forgetting, most of the guitars he's introduced since the mid/late 1990's have been flat-out boring
. Jems once represented the top-of-the-line and were colorful and unique... that was what attracted me to them all those years ago. I feel that the more recent incarnations of the Jem have lost the distinctive character and panache that the earlier models had. I'm no longer the poor, struggling teenager who stared wistfully into the catalogs all those years ago... and I've lost my patience with Ibanez, waiting for them to reclaim the style and uniqueness of the early Jems in new models.
I've taken to building my own guitars. You can get RG/Jem bodies off EvilBay for a steal, shop a little for the Ibanez neck of your choice, and with minimal outsourcing, you can build the Ibanez of your dreams for a fraction
of the price of this "hardtail" Jem. Why play someone else's signature guitar (and pay thousands
for it!) when your own signature model is roughly $1000 and a little elbow-grease away?