Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Valencia, Spain
Re: What to buy New Jem or old Jem?
I have both guitars!
_ 777V DY: a classy 80's guitar, loved or hated but for sure a great axe. I do love the colour scheme and the thin wizard neck, THE BEST NECK EVER to my taste but it has the old style heel neck joint. The tone of this guitar is, as I use to say, woody and hard-rocking being the wood basswood and the p'u PAF-PRO. Perfect to plug direct to and old JCM 800-900 head to play some hair metal riffing and wild crazy solos.
_ 7V WH: a nice color scheme to me althought it is too Vai-ish; the neck is wider but very comfortable once you are get used to. It has the superb all-access neck joint.The ebony fretboard is smooth and a pleasure to play on. The sound of the evo' s is amazing and will work better on your rack systems. I have a ´98 and it is a great guitar, but legend says the first series were better (´93-´94), but they had glossy finish on the back of the neck and they are very difficult to find. There were some issues during some years with the trem posts, being wider in all the trem-equipped ibanez guitars during '99-'01 I think, but nothing serious and easily remediable. You can see above mentioned Rich's website to read more info about that. In the ´01 the scalloping procedure were perfectioned, resulting in much brighter inlays in the last frets. So, if the '02 batches have better scallop, inlays and no trem-post issues, maybe it is a great year to look for perfect 7V WH's in my opinion. I have played the new versions with rosewood and edge-pro and to me, they can´t compare to the older version in terms of sound and playability. Anyways I had not played the 2010 version with the edge trem systems. So, I suggest you to avoid the 2003-2009 ones and give a try to the 2010-2011 version.
To sum up: both great guitars; I find myself playing more the 7V WH because the sound is unbeatable, but the 777V DY is great for classy rock.