Ok I know I'm going to be shot for this, I went to try a Jem FP-2 out today, I loved it, was mind blowing outstanding, but its just not enough different to warrant £2k more than the RG655, the neck was lovely on the Jem, frets lovely, and the pickups where ace, but the actual guitar was not in a league of its own compared to the RG655 imho, if your strip away the cosmetics what makes it a special guitar and just approach it as a guitar I realised today that I'm just searching for something I don't even need, I felt as home on my RG655 and tbh 4 hours messing with the pickups I've got it sounded extremely sweat, as with everything it takes time to dial things in right.
If it wasn't for the neck issues with the RG I don't think I would be looking for a Jem, maybe I've just been mega unlucky and just don't need to spend an extra £2k to get what I want.
Made me realise today just because I got hooked on getting the Jem777 LNG doesn't mean i need any Jem to fill the gap, that has been and gone and I should just be content with what I have as its mega really, the issues is what has made me bitter on all this.
The only thing I didn't like about the FP-2 was the chrome hardware tbh, if I could I would have swapped it all with the RG655 black hardware and made a truly amazing guitar, but I think as it stands I will just get this RG655 repaired and wait for a bit before I jump into another guitar...
The point is its not going to cost me £2k extra to get the evo pickups is it, the wood is same as the RG655, and the neck isn't a million miles away... just saying.
As you can tell I'm up and down and don't know what to do at the moment, but I think I have made a good call today not buying the Jem. (a 7v second hand is what I think I will get as next guitar in a few months)