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|05-28-2003 06:47 PM|
|6StringGod||Do you guys know how much thicker the jackson necks are then the ibanez wizard necks on the rg3120 are... if they are bigger?|
|05-28-2003 01:18 PM|
Originally Posted by Timanator
I’m aware that the RG’s bodies, for the most part, are basswood. My RG520, however, is mahogany with a rosewood fretboard and I find it nice and warm, with plenty of balls and sustain due to the heavy body.
|05-28-2003 07:38 AM|
|mercjoe||Right on Petie! I love my Jems, I love my RG's. Heck I even love my Duosonic. (just don't go telling everybody)|
|05-28-2003 12:46 AM|
|Petie||Jem, RG, you can play Smoke on the Water on both of them so I don't see what the big deal is. Some people don't like Jems because they look too 80s and others don't like RGs cos they don't look 80s enough. Jems and high-end RGs are made in the exact same factory, most likely by the exact same people, so pick the one you get the most enjoyment out of and get on with your life. Or get both.|
|05-28-2003 12:07 AM|
Can't you guys just say a JEM is a higher end of the normal RG series.
While the Prestige and other specialty lines simply adds some needed class to the dated RG lines?
And also I believe the RG550 that was mentioned (the New Old Stock), the bodies on those are Basswood, not maple. ( if you were refering to the Maple being a bit bright on the body, basswood is plenty bright)
|05-27-2003 07:13 PM|
Ok what is the monkey grip and the lion claw? I think the monkey grip is the handle?
Anyways are you guys compairing the JEMS to the rg prestiges like the rg3120(not rgt)? Or are you compairing them to rg5xx's? Because I am thinking about getting a rg3120, but i don't want to buy it if the jems are a lot better. thanks
|04-27-2003 05:40 PM|
|Anders_destium||I prefer my RG2027 over my JEM blue floral pattern in both playability and tone (even with the stock 77's instead of the paf pro's). It's complete nonsense to compare a Jem to a non-prestige (oh well, the 15..'s too) RG. If people make this comparison it just gets me thinkin of al those lame-ass G-word and F-word loosers who flame Ibanez without even knowing the distinction between the models|
|04-27-2003 03:23 AM|
Originally Posted by jem7vwh
IMHO, I don't own a JEM not a Prestige level RG. But my dream guitar is a mahogany RG prestige like with wizard neck, HSH config, no pickguard, with lion claw and angled conection, but no monkey grip. With air norton/HS2/Super3. So Ibanez does not build it
|04-26-2003 12:57 AM|
when you ask are JEMs reallly better than RG's, you're missing some qualification.
If I ask you whether a Corvette is better than a Civic, you can't decide until I tell you how to decide what better means. What if I'm picking out a car for my grandma who is short on gas money? Obviously then the Civic is *better*.
So--depends on what better means.
If you're talking about quality- then yes they are.
In my opinion, JEMs generally are better equipped in terms of body wood, fretboards, fretwork, pickups. I also believe them to be better assembled than many RGs.
If you're talking about value, the line is more blurred.
I feel that JEMs are a fair deal compared to other similarily equipped guitars in their level, but the bang-for-your-buck might not be as great as an RG. By that I mean, a $600 RG is great, but I don't know that a $1200 JEM is twice as great as the RG.. So there's less value per dollar, but overall, the quality is higher.
|04-25-2003 05:30 PM|
Originally Posted by bob mclaughlin
I was going to sell my old RG 550 (1990 model) because I've fallen in love with the AANJ on my 1999 RG 520, but I simply couldn't part with it.(I have small hands and the AANJ helps a LOT. Not to mention that I kind of like thinking of it as All Around New Jersey. :P )
I've had it a long time and even though it's been pushed over to "backup guitar", even when I get another new one I'll not part with it. Too much "love" in that guitar, even though it's "only" an RG.
So I couldn't care less if it's only worth enough to trade for a Hershey bar, it's staying with me, dings, scrapes, missing bits of wood, mis-matched chrome and black hardware and all.
For me, bottom line as far as the original posters question . . .
No, a JEM isn't a pricey RG with Mr. Vai's name on it, it's a very well made guitar designed to the wants and needs of a talented musician, and if those traits are what you want in a guitar, and you can afford it, go for it.
An RG, while BASED on the JEM, isn't a Jem, it follows some of the traits of the Jem in basic shape and design, but there are more than enough differences to make it it's own guitar.
And while it's normally less expensive than a Jem, it may actually be better for some people in certain areas, not only price. (I'm not including the lower end RG line from Korea, these are aimed at the "low price" crowd and are simply too varied in quality to comment on. I'm a US or Japan man when it comes to guitars.)
|04-25-2003 02:28 PM|
|bob mclaughlin||I,ll tell you something from MY experence, and nothing against RG lovers here but, you can change pick-ups, guards/covers, necks, etc...And as far as trade-in value/ re-sale value goes, An RG is still an RG!! Nothing like the REAL thing.(JEM)|
|04-25-2003 08:31 AM|
Originally Posted by bduersch
and it's got a slighty thicker than a Jem neck indeed...but anyway, J-customs like that aren't really representative for the bulk of RGs all over the world. Let's say 270s, 550s and the sort. Which look a little pale when put next to a Jem.
|04-24-2003 07:43 PM|
Originally Posted by SinTrade
As with any Korean made guitar, some will be good, some will be "eh", and others will be, "this is some primo fire-wood".
The 555 had nice pups, decent finish (on the ones I've seen) and played pretty nicely, but always remember, you get what you pay for and a "cheap" guitar is always a cheap guitar.
|04-24-2003 04:50 PM|
|04-24-2003 02:27 PM|
Originally Posted by Petie
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