my first impulse was to yell 'Don't you buy that guitar !' at you. However I paused a few minutes to think about it.
I then realised that it was jealousy speaking. I've been playing for 11 years (or more ?) and I bought my first quality guitar (a JEM7BSB) only last week, and I must confess that I'm a bit annoyed when I see beginners play such good guitars.
But this is unrational thinking. Why should I be jealous ? Does your playing a JEM take anything from me and my playing ? Nope.
I'd say : try a great guitar, find if it feels right to you. Better, try various guitars. I'm not sure that you'd find difference between a mid-range RG and the high-end JEMs, I'd say you're just not experienced enough to feel it. And if you don't, you don't have
to buy a JEM, because then it's just for the fact that it's beautiful, that it's a signature instrument, etc... These reasons are good enough, mind, you just have to ponder if you want to invest more money just for that (consult your bank account
On the matter of the learning process, I'm of the opinion that it's better to start with a guitar a bit more difficult to play, because when you change gear, you'll actually play better. I know I could be wrong here, so don't flame me. I'm speaking of my experience. I first learnt classic guitar for about 4 years. When I got my first electric guitar, I kept on playing my classic (nylon strings) guitar too, especially playing alternate picking with the (much harder to play) nylon strings. I noticed that it helped me work the strength and precision of my right wrist. That was not necessary, though, and after a time I had to stop because then nylon string impeded my picking speed...
In conclusion, if you do buy a JEM, I won't blame or curse you, and I'll try not to be jealous. But, and this is important to me, if you buy a JEM, you'll have to earn it. Prove to yourself and to us 'experienced' players that you're not all show, and that you actually can play, and strive day after day to become a better player. I'm counting on you.
Have fun with your new guitar, whatever your choice is.
(Edited by Wicked Blade at 8:42 am on April 28, 2001)