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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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As good as a JEM

Hi guys.. i can´t afford a JEM, but i'm looking for something as good, even if i have to change the humbuckers... what Rg would you say is as good as a JEM? Tone, construction, neck etc

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 08:03 AM
 
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Hmmmm im not gona get into the debate on all sides but if i was you i would get somethin like an RG550 and put new pups in it.

You get a solid japan made ibanez witha decent trem and you save enough to have a nice set of pups..........all good
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 09:32 AM
 
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See if you can find an rg1200? A 750 even they were pretty good quality. Basically all the japanese models with a pickguard.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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So what you're saying is: if it's a japanese RG it's good, so as long as i can get one with lo-pro edge, i change the humbuckers and voilá! A top shelf guitar...

Right?
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Kind of, as Stu said earlier - there has been debates about this many times before, and I am not about to start again!

But I personally think yes. If you get an RG550 and stick some DiMarzios in it you have a quality axe for the money that could last you for a lifetime! And I would go for an RG550. I just prefer em to the others.

I say defenitely go for it. Just as good if not the same.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 12:52 PM
 
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if we talk about quality, a Japanese RG with good pickups on IS a JEM, no less.

oh, and if you happen to pick up a late '80s RG with IBZ/USA pickups on, you won't need to swap them, cause they're more than good pickups.
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Exactly. He explained it better than I could. lol.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 01:31 PM
 
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I agree with nuno about the pickups I think they are extremely high quality pickups. The bobbins tend to look cheaper, and stuff, but they dont feed back horribly and are probably made on the same winding machine *in fact probably with the same programs as well*
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 01:59 PM
 
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The JS is as good as a JEM if not better
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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: i do have a JS and i LOVE it! But lately the 24th fret has been calling me... pretty annoying when you run out of frets when playing a Vai tune... also nowadays i can´t stand guitars worse than the Js, so i need a very good guitar... just not a jem
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