not really. neck is completely different, lower output pickups that sound completely different and a different body style. only thing i would say is similar about these guitars is that they are superstrats and made by ibanez.
Yea right... You forget that most of them are basswood bodies with bolt-on maple neck and rosewood fretboard, have a 25.5" scale... and they use the same hardware.
In fact, if I'm not mistaken, they both used DiMarzio PAF Pro pickups at one point.
So tonally they're very similar, and even playing-wise they're not that far apart... The body style, neck-shape and pickups are about the only difference... although the body style is clearly a close relative to the Strat in both cases.
A Les Paul is completely different in virtually every way. Different scale, different hardware, different type of wood, different construction, different body shape...
Bottom line is, a JS
is MUCH closer to a Jem than a Les Paul-type guitar is. Even a Strat is quite different, because of the wood and pickup types.
So if you're looking for something different than a Jem, I don't think the JS
is the right place to look. The JS
is about the closest you can get to a Jem, apart from an RG.