Not as new, but as real, which is just as bad.
The fact that it is advertised as a custom shop Ibanez Jem makes it a fake.
I agree that the ad is misleading. However, in order to be fraudulent there has to be in intent to mislead
, and I don't necessarily think it's there. I believe the pawn shop is selling it for what it thinks it is. Again, still doesn't make it right.
It's not a Jem BRMR and any implied relation to Vai is imaginary and misleading; this is as bad as any chibanez.
It's not an Ibanez, certainly not (LA) Custom Shop and has no relation to the real "Bad Horsie".
I'm quite certain that it started life as an Ibanez, though certainly not from the custom shop. And this is in no way as bad as a Chibanez. This guitar most likely wasn't built to mislead, it was (probably) built as someone's dream guitar that they (probably) had to sell. The fact that the pawn shop is confused about what it is is no way worse than a pawn shop trying to sell a 555 as a 777. They've misidentified it. What's different, to me, is the intent
. Those guys selling Chibanez fakes are flat out trying
to rip people off.
I've noticed that too on Universes as well as RG7s, but this is not about (your) 7s.
This is advertised as a Jem and this is nothing like the Jem scarf jointed necks I know.
Besides that the BRMR (which this tries to fake) never had a scarf joint to begin with, it had the three piece maple + two slivers of walnut + volute neck.
Steve's own Bad Horsie uses a modified DBK neck (the one with the bubinga stripe) and DBK grain patterns look nothing like this either.
Again, it's (probably) someone's modified RG, not an exact replica. This is no different from ten years ago when everyone on Jemsite was stripping their RGs and swirling them. Some people even got pyramid or vine inlays in their RG necks and had "JEM" painted on them. They weren't out to mislead, but rather to build their own custom guitar.
BTW I am not your dude and do not appreciate being addressed as such.
In America, "Dude" is a term implying friendship. I'm sorry if I offended you by thinking we're all friends on Jemsite. Trust me, I won't make that mistake again.
Why are you defending these idiots (builder and seller) their fraudulent guitar and their criminally misleading ad?
Because I'm not sure of the criminal intent. As I said before, nearly all of us on this forum, at one time or another have modified a guitar and then sold it. I don't think that makes us all criminals. Further, I don't understand your hostility toward me just because I don't think a customized guitar is a criminal offense.