yet another universe post
There are alot of exceptionally cool people on here that go well above and beyond to dole out the correct information about damned near anything.
Now...as far as aesthetics go...in my mind there's something you have to consdier. *Take a look at a group photo of every Jem ever made. *Look from left to right, look at each one slowly. *There's alot of exceptionally ugly guitars in there. *There's alot of neon ugliness and swirls that were tolerated in the eighties that have long since ceased to be desirable. *The kicker about this is that there are alot of folks on here looking for those really incredibly ugly instruments DESPITE what the modern aesthetic dictates. *This place DEFIES what is considered edgy and puts up with the haranguings from other musicians simply because they're great instruments. *They're better people than me. *There are very few JEMs out there I wouldn't play for a few weeks and then refinish just because it was so ugly.
Now...as far as rare guitars go....Guitars are something most of us grew up with. *In high school I knew the specs on instruments like most kids knew the specs on cars. *Just last weekend someone off-handed asked me some completely obscure question about Slash and one of his non-Les Paul guitars. *I ended up not only knowing the answer but the backstory behind it. *I know a revolting amount about them. *As a result I know what they're worth hanging in a shop, I know their potential value a few years down the road. *I know what they're going for used and I know how much I can make buying something ina *pawn shop and turning it around the next day on eBay.
Guitars are meant to be played in the same way that cars are meant to be driven. *I'm all for taking a 50's Ferrari out for a spin but I'd be an idiot if I drove it to work every day. *The same can be said of some guitars. *The DNAs are rare due to the exceptional number of them, the price of them, the story behind them and the huge buzz about them all. *Financially anyone that bought one as a player is a complete and total idiot. *For the money they could of purchased several other guitars that would do the same but not hold anywhere near the value of the instrument.
Personally I'll buy used guitars with a ding or two in them so that I can play them out. *The road case for my Universe is showing up tomorrow and I'll be damned if I don't play that thing out inside of a week. *But my first year Clapton Strat is staying home. *It's well documented, insured and gets played every so often because I enjoy doing so. *It got played out a few times but its been retired because I know what its worth and it has alot of senitmental value to me.
Bottom line is that youre welcome to do with youre money what you want. *You can put it all in a paper bag, light it on fire and toss it out of your car window while doing 90 on the freeway. *It doesn't mean I don't think youre an idiot for doing it though.