Ok, now you guys are scaring me, because im about to be buy a jem... mybe I should think about somethign else?
interesting Dee... what features do you think stop the jem from being the ultimate shred guitar. I would've thought its neck would be perfect. Nice flat radius, thin neck, big frets... whats wrong with it? I would liek to hear some critisizem on the jem.
Hey mate, there's nothing wrong with the JEM's at all, as far as playability goes they are usually superb. If it feels to you like the best guitar, that's the only thing that matters. Who am I to argue. All I can do is post my opinion, and to me they are not the best guitars I've played. First time I played a JEM was 1987. It was awesome. I've tried FP's, LNG's, 777's, 7's, 77's, you name it, and most of those were exceptionally great guitars. They just aren't the best I've tried. One of the best I have played was a green PRS semi. I don't even know what the model number was (I should, because it was in the shop where I worked), but it just came alive in my hands and it seemed I couldn't do anything wrong on it. Know what I mean? Everything I tried to do, I pulled off, because the instrument took all the restrictions away and I felt right at home on it.
The Vigier Passion (I understand they are pretty much impossible to find now, and if you do find one it'll be expensive) was just amazing. Everything was right
, just like the PRS, and then some more. Since then I have played many great guitars including the Parker's, Charvel's, Jackson's, Music Man, high-end Custom Shop Gibsons and Fenders, some great Yamaha's, and almost every brand you can think of. Some blew the JEM's away, and some were total dogs.
What I don't like about the JEM's are the useless, flashy features (monkey grip, etc) and the extra cash you're shelling out for the Vai name association. That money can be spent on better things. I would really like to buy a Carvin built to my own spec. I think I'd end up with a better guitar if I was to spend the same amount on a JEM as a custom Carvin.
Basically, though, it's up to you. If you connected with a JEM and it "spoke to you", then maybe that's what you should buy. You'll know it when you find the exact right guitar, and you will always remember it.