JEM555 are still in production but not shown at ibanez website, you can order them in europe, asia, Mexico and Southamerica. I'm thinking on getting one, the price here in Mexico is abot $999 usd,
Now let's review price and quality, of course you can get a better axe for that price a prestige or rg5xx maybe, but what about of those who can't spend $2,000 dlls. for a 7vwh,
This is for those who can't afford the JEM7VW not comparing it to the JEM555WH
1. u get a jem body (basswood as steve jems are, not alder as newer jem7vwh) if you order it from EKG it's $300 dlls unfinished (add $150dlls. with white finish plus you have to ge the perloid pickguard).
2. you get Evolutions (just like big jems does) So add the $$ for this pickups to our project.
3. the half vine (half three of life) it may not look as pretty as the whole one which i prefer, but it's ok, you can't get RG5xx with vine inlay if you like it. You get that inlay done for about $350 dlls. not including the neck.
That's why the JEM555WH is not a waste of money for some. Now if you think you can save for the JEM7VW, GO FOR IT !!!
By the way Jem555BK black look sucks! so i'm on the WH.