Re: Are they worth the price?
I've been edging up into the higher-end stuff over the course of buying and selling guitars the past couple years. Right now my main axe is an ESP M-III deluxe which I'm pretty impressed with. My next planned guitar buy will be a Jem---either a 7DBK or a 777DY, used of course.
Therein lies the trick, especially if you have a limited budget: BUY USED. New JEM 7VWHs go for $2400 while you can score a nice used one---either here, the bay or Guitar Center---for a grand less.
My ESP was over a grand new. I paid $600, and it is in very clean condition.