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I've finally joined the JS family!

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After a significant amount of time spent pondering the purchase, I finally decided to pull the trigger recently on a 2006 JS1200. I played a JS1000 several years ago at a guitar center and really dug the feel of it, but was really wanting a Jem at the time. After buying my 7VSBL, I figured that was enough money spent on guitars for a while and the idea of a JS took a back seat. More recently, my financial situation has improved somewhat and I liked the color of the JS1200 more and more every time I saw it. Since it's essentially functionally identical to the 1000, I decided it was for me, and here we are.

It's dead stock so everyone is already quite familiar with what it looks like, but I know I'll get yelled at if I don't post pics, so here's a couple. Note that you can click them for a slightly larger version, if you'd like.

The feel is just as nice as I recall from my test drive, quite different from my Jem, but it's at least as easy to play. The lack of 23rd and 24th frets used to bug me a little, but I've long since gotten over that, and besides, I have plenty of 24 fret Ibanezes already, all of them RG shapes. This one stands on its own quite nicely as it's so much more distinct from the others than the Jem. On a side note, this is also my first Edge Pro and I have, thus far, noticed no significant functional differences between it and a Lo-Pro. I'm not a major bar abuser, but I indulge in both dives and pull-ups occasionally and it handles both with no trouble and stays perfectly in tune.

I love the electronics on this guitar, the pickups have a wonderful tone that is immediately very Satch-like, particularly the neck. You can tell it's not meant to be a high-output screamer, which again is fine as I have plenty of those. What blows me away is the versatility! Between the coil tap and the high-pass filter, two humbuckers with a three-way toggle switch have never had such a wide range of available tones. Fat, bright, even twangy, this one guitar delivers it all. I couldn't be more pleased with the sound.

Anyway, just thought I'd share, sorry to ramble on like that. :)
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I joined the JS family back in April, since everyone else posts their pics I figured I might as well.

Not as clean/detailed photos as some but I was trying to capture how rich and deep the red really is (a lot of photos make it look a much brighter red then it is).

Had to go through 2 of them before we (my friend at the music store I purchased from) were happy. The first had a lot of little things wrong with it (fret buzz, locking nuts were off and just lying in the case direct from Ibanez, intonation was way off, and other little things). The 2nd one came in with the locking nuts off again (is this normal) but the the neck felt better than the first and all the other "little things" weren't off. My friend was told when ordering that they (Ibanez) pulled the guitars and had their techs go through a complete setup before shipping them out. He was really frustrated with the way the 1st guitar arrived (nothing set, locking nuts off) and not too happy when opening the 2nd looked the same (locking nuts just lying in the case).

Extremely pleased with the guitar, plays great, feels great....makes me want to improve my playing.

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