my biggest gripe about my JEM777SK is how the high e string so readily slips off the side of the neck when i'm playing
That's always been my problem with Ibanez guitars. I've owned 4 of them, and they all do this. Makes me sound like a f'king amateur sometimes! The guitars are / were all set up well too.
Honestly, I've never been overly impressed with JEM's, especially considering the fact that I can get an RG770 that plays just as well and sounds just as good for far less the price.
Plus, I could never get over all the little features associated with Vai on the JEM's (don't get me wrong, I love Vai). Whenever I see someone playing a JEM, the first thing that runs through my mind is, "he is a Vai copycat". Same thing with an SRV Strat. If my initials aren't "SRV", I don't want "SRV" etched on my pickguard. That's why I've never really liked "signature" guitars (unless it is like the EJ Strat, where his mark can ONLY be found on tiny letters on the neck plate).
So why pay more for features that make you look just like a Vai wannabe when you can get an identically playing guitar for far less?
Not to mention, as others have said, there are many other companies that produce guitars that are equally as good, if not better, than anything Ibanez has put out (Vigier, Suhr, Tom Anderson, EBMM, some high end ESP stuff, etc).
Spot on. I probably don't need to voice my opinion on this matter again (I'm sure everyone's sick of it by now) but I will anyway!
I don't understand the fanboyism. Some of the "features" on a JEM are useless, they are just cosmetic, and that's what you're paying extra for. A stupid monkey grip? Get outta here! And when I see people playing a JEM I think "Vai wannabe". It's just my automatic reaction.
Spend your money on features that add to the playability or tone of the guitar, and don't be paying for useless stuff you don't need, as well as the name association thing. You know it makes sense!
I don't think I'll be buying any more Ibanez guitars, actually. As I've gotten older I realized there are other things out there which blow them away.