Originally Posted by BrianH
eh... get an RGT...
Brian's right, the RGT3120 is far closer to a Soloist than a JEM is what with the RGT's through neck, twin HB layout and all.
I've never found the build quality issues that noticable between a JEM and a Soloist, and whilst I've never owned a Soloist to get a long term persective of that aspect I've played lots of both of these guitars.
To my ears the Soloist has more "treble" than a JEM, maybe due to the pickups maybe due to the extra ammounts of maple, but still lacks "sparkle" or presence that I think must be a part of the bolt on design's inherent character.
Personally I REALLY
don't like the bumpy finish, (which is why Steve chose me a nice shiny metallic finish on the new JEM
) so in truth in order to feel comfy I'd probably go for the Soloist.
Closer in design to the JEM is Jackson's new American DK1 - Dinky, a bolt on version of the Soloist which comes with twin EMGs and all the same finish options.
Glen raised the point about the Lo-Pro Edge. apart from it's incredible stability, it's also imho by far the comfiest bridge system, and I miss in on other guitars that I've tried, mainly as the less ergonomic trem systems actually do interfere with some of my playing style.
If these guitars were all the SAME
price I have to say I'd probably go for the Jackson Dinky. But I'd also pay more to get a JEM7V in either "Elvis" white, or "Strat" Blue