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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-02-2010, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ibanez JEM7V or Music Man Ernie Ball JPX-6?

Hello, I hit a dillemma on which guitar I should get, the JEM7V or the JPX-6, the John Petrucci 10th anniversery signature. They're about relative in price, off by about $150 dollars but i'm not sure which one i should go for. In addition to thoughts and advice, could osmeone also give me a comparison between the pickups, with the evo's versus the liquifire, crunchlab and piezo pickups? Thanks
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-03-2010, 12:44 AM
 
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Re: Ibanez JEM7V or Music Man Ernie Ball JPX-6?

If I had to choose between the two, it would be the JPX 6 all the way. That thing is a modern day hot rod with cutting edge .. or at least well above averege build specs.

The spec reads like a custom order.. tone block, chambered body etc (same specs basically as the BFR series). With the choice of woods etc I get the feeling that this has to be one special beast to make it to production.

The body has improved since the last JP and is a lil bigger. 5 way switching added too.

Add the JP trem and his sig pups and you have a totally different animal from the norm with those amazing EBMM necks.

....heres where I say I havn't yet played one... but the Jem has been araound for ages and will always be around for ages if you ever want one.

my 2c worth anyway
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Re: Ibanez JEM7V or Music Man Ernie Ball JPX-6?

Oh thanks man. but with the trem bar, i realize theres no double lokcing so i'm a bit iffy about divebombing with the JPX. do you know if it can do serious whammy bar stuff without goign out of tune? also, how versatile is the JPX? i'm sure it has great distortion sounds but are the cleans on this one good, even if you're not using the piezo?
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Re: Ibanez JEM7V or Music Man Ernie Ball JPX-6?

I had 2 EBMM guitars and will never ever buy one again and am very lucky that fools took them off my hands for the price I bought them.

While they sound good in theory the quality control of EBMM rivals that of current Gibson productions with the twisted stuff they throw out and for the price EBMM asks for their guitars I DEMAND a flawless guitar, which they cannot deliver, plus CS blows.
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Re: Ibanez JEM7V or Music Man Ernie Ball JPX-6?

If you're into whammy abuse, the JPX is not for you while the JEM actually is built for that purpose. They're both signature models of two quite different guitarists, so if your style leans towards one, more than the other, this is the way you should go.

Other than that, the best way to decide, is to try to play them both and see which one suits you best. There are plenty of amazing high-end guitars out there that will probably won't feel good for your body type, hands, fingers etc.

If you're about to spend that amount of money, you should try before you buy!
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Re: Ibanez JEM7V or Music Man Ernie Ball JPX-6?

Personally, I'd go with the JPX. To answer your question, you 'will' notice a difference between the Liquifie and Crunchlab, vs the Evo's. But like it was mentioned already, two totally different sig models designed for different guitarists, different feel and sound, but it's more what 'you' think is more comfortable to you. I've been an Ibanez guy since 1987. When I picked up my first EBMM, it was instant gratification and a change for the better for me. They just fit me better, for you and others it may not. The LF and CL pups are aggressive, but fluid. They are very articulate. If I were you, go down to the local music store and see if you could test drive each one. You'll know or have a better idea which is the 'one'. Both are great guitars BTW! and I'm sure it's not going to be that easy of a decision.. just buy them both!! problem solved..
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Re: Ibanez JEM7V or Music Man Ernie Ball JPX-6?

the real question is which neck profile you prefer because they are very different. the jpx neck is a beefier than the jem neck and i believe the fretboard radius is quite a bit different too. imo, doesn't matter how well built a guitar is or how great it sounds if you don't like the neck profile. that being said, my experiences with each (i've never owned a jem, just played a lot of them) have them both being high quality guitars with excellent craftsmanship. i had an ebmm axis sport and that guitar was amazingly well built and sounded phenomenal. too bad i couldn't get on with the neck! most jems i've played are very good too, although i've never liked the pickups or the jem profile. so you have to play them (preferably several times) and decide from personal preference.
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Re: Ibanez JEM7V or Music Man Ernie Ball JPX-6?

If you order the JPX this month, you can have the option of a roasted neck and the black sugar finish. Only for August, though.

http://www.ernieball.com/email/roasted_maple/index.html

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Re: Ibanez JEM7V or Music Man Ernie Ball JPX-6?

I own 3 EBMM guitars and 2 Ibanez guitars and really you can't go wrong either way. I think EBMM guitars are waaay underrated and are a tremendous bang for the buck as long as you stick with the standard models, the Ball Family Reserve models are real pricey. You really have to play a JP to know if you'll like it. I don't own one because I think the frets are too small for essentially a metal/shred guitar and the pickup switch gets in my way.
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Re: Ibanez JEM7V or Music Man Ernie Ball JPX-6?

That JPX is a good looking instrument, I wouldn't mind having one of those for a week to try out
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Re: Ibanez JEM7V or Music Man Ernie Ball JPX-6?

Hard to say, but possibly the Jem. I'm a big fan of dark purple but I'd rather have Evolutions.
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Re: Ibanez JEM7V or Music Man Ernie Ball JPX-6?

I've owned a JEM and a EBMM JP6 (standard) with the piezo. You can't do mega whammy with the MM, and I'm not a huge fan of the pickups. As regards cleans, the middle position where it splits both pickups sounds great clean and the neck pickups ok too, not very 'round' though.
Given the choice now I'd go for the JEM. The MM is a very personal guitar and it's very much a John Petrucci guitar, sounds obvious but it's not a guitar anyone can get one with. The neck is very narrow and very thin, the frets are very small, neck sits quite far into the body etc. The trem's nice and I really enjoyed my MM, couldn't give me another one...

The other thing that crossed my mind. I'd quite happily mod the crap out of a JEM, modding the JP6 would have made me feel a bit like I'd wasted my money on such a specific instrument just to change it. Each to his own, but gimme the JEM lol.

Oh and buy used, JEMs are like socks, you'll need a new one every now and again :-)
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Re: Ibanez JEM7V or Music Man Ernie Ball JPX-6?

well, I do not own either of these guitars, but i've tested each of them out many times, and here's what I think:
Looks: The Jem wins if you love having a flashy guitar, but if you want something that looks classy, go with the JPX
Sound: you get Dimarzio PU's that are made for shredding, but there's one extra thing: on the jem, you get the option of having a coil tapped humbucker and a single coil in the center, but on the JPX you get the Piezo.
Trem: well, not much comparison here: Jem's got the advantage for serious usage, but the JPX does stay in tune pretty well for moderate usage.

completely unrelated, makes no difference: the knobs on the JPX look/feel better

I love both guitars, but I would go with the JPX
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The other thing that crossed my mind. I'd quite happily mod the crap out of a JEM, modding the JP6 would have made me feel a bit like I'd wasted my money on such a specific instrument just to change it. Each to his own, but gimme the JEM lol.

Oh and buy used, JEMs are like socks, you'll need a new one every now and again :-)

Very good point, I ordered new pickups for my 7VWH the week I got it
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If you order the JPX this month, you can have the option of a roasted neck and the black sugar finish. Only for August, though.

http://www.ernieball.com/email/roasted_maple/index.html

That roasted maple/black sugar finish looks beautiful. I'd love to see an RG like that, on both neck and body.

Rock on!
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