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Sorry guys love the look of Jems but just played one.... Not really blown away..... I am not up with model numbers it was a new white w/gold hardware. Set up was great, low action like all ibanezes, in tune (suprised for guitar center) Played GREAT, sounded GREAT as you would expect but I feel that my old 92 RG770 plays the same if not better (finished neck is super fast and smooth) and my 91 and 98 570's play pretty darn close and at $#00.00 for the 770 and $225.00 each for the 570s I would rather buy multiple guitars unless its a Swirl!!!! So I am putting on the flame suit!
 

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To each his own dude. Whenever I get a different/new guitar it takes me a bit getting used to it. You are very used to the way your old ones play so getting something with diff neck, p/u, etc will seem diff. Give it time to grow on you. If you don't love it the so be it. They arn't for everyone.
 

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Sorry guys love the look of Jems but just played one.... Not really blown away..... I am not up with model numbers it was a new white w/gold hardware. Set up was great, low action like all ibanezes, in tune (suprised for guitar center) Played GREAT, sounded GREAT as you would expect but I feel that my old 92 RG770 plays the same if not better (finished neck is super fast and smooth) and my 91 and 98 570's play pretty darn close and at $#00.00 for the 770 and $225.00 each for the 570s I would rather buy multiple guitars unless its a Swirl!!!! So I am putting on the flame suit!
Dee, is that you logged on in a different name? :lol: Only kidding mate!

Got to admit the RG5xx and Rg7xx series are great guitars and I can see where you are coming from. But I love my jem and wouldn't change it for anything else :)
 

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Jems are not for everyone and that's a known fact. While I'm not trying to sell you on a Jem, I will tell you this....

Buy one and take it home. Play with it for a week or two and see if you like it. If after a week or two you still don't like it, take it back to GC, get your money back and purchase something you really like.

Jimmy:smile:
 

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I always loved Jems. When I was 14 or 15 I forgot. When I got to play one oh man it was instant love. I played charvels but after that experience I wanted a Jem so bad. I technically still don't have one. My swirl is a herc jem swirl has all original good ibanez parts and plays and sounds like a dream but I still would love to have the real thing.

Jems are not for everyone.


I wish they would get back to using colors again this white and black jems seem REEEEEEEEEEALLLY BORING!!!! More color options would be nice.
 

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Sorry guys love the look of Jems but just played one.... Not really blown away..... I am not up with model numbers it was a new white w/gold hardware. Set up was great, low action like all ibanezes, in tune (suprised for guitar center) Played GREAT, sounded GREAT as you would expect but I feel that my old 92 RG770 plays the same if not better (finished neck is super fast and smooth) and my 91 and 98 570's play pretty darn close and at $#00.00 for the 770 and $225.00 each for the 570s I would rather buy multiple guitars unless its a Swirl!!!! So I am putting on the flame suit!
So what exactly did you expect the guitar to do? Play VAI itself??? :lol:
 

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my mate says the same thing.he has 3 ibanez guitars,then bought a 7vwh he didnt like it says it was lacking something,and after playing the 7vwh for a few hours the neck was causing cramp in his wrist.i also find that aswell (cramp).my 777vbk neck is totaly amazing,plays itself but i must admit i prefer the 7vwh for tone sooooo slick.
 

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Eh, when I first decided to pick up and try out a Jem at Guitar Center a number of years ago, I was completely blown away by it instantly. I found and purchased a used one within the next week and certainly have not regretted it at all. That having been said, I added an RG550 to my collection not longer after and feel that its neck plays just about as well as the Jems.

Certainly, there are some intangibles with a Jem that have little to do with the playability, and those are all entirely up to the individual. I personally think the typical retail price of a new Jem is excessive for what you're getting compared to, say, a high-end RG, but that's not that surprising for a signature model. If you really like the style and/or are a big Vai fan, it's worth it, but otherwise there are for sure cheaper alternatives that are just as nice.
 

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So what exactly did you expect the guitar to do? Play VAI itself??? :lol:
I think he expected it to play significantly better than guitars that cost 1/4th as much...not unreasonable if ya ask me ;). I've tried most of the JEMs that arent the super duper rare ones, and I've honestly never been too impressed. Well built, good looking guitars, but for MY money there's much better out there for me.
 

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I've tried most of the JEMs that arent the super duper rare ones, and I've honestly never been too impressed. Well built, good looking guitars, but for MY money there's much better out there for me.
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they definitely are not for everyone and i am also one of those guys who doesn't like jems. and honestly, you don't really need to take a guitar home for a week to figure it out unless you are a novice guitar player. i can pretty much tell within the first 10 minutes if i'm going to like a guitar or not. the main thing is making sure it's set up properly as many novices equate poor set up with a poor instrument. but the topic starter stated that it was set up well, but he still didn't like it. after playing for many years on many different guitars, i found the neck profile that i'm most comfortable with and for me, it appears to be something between a strat and a js neck. the old viper profile is perfect for me, which is why i have like 7 ibanez rt's.
 

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When i started to love jems was cause Steve Vai.. i loved the tunes .. use to play them in shows and the guitar help me a lot to reach the closest possible a VAi "tone".. but the time passed and i started to look for my own sound and it means my own guitar specs.. i still love my jems ang RG but my custom made guitars are so much better to me.. they fit my specific demand for neck thickness and width, thee pick ups are the ones that i chosen serching in all brands in the market... my advice is .. try to play more in a JEM.. a few moments is a store aren't enough..
 

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I think he expected it to play significantly better than guitars that cost 1/4th as much...not unreasonable if ya ask me ;). I've tried most of the JEMs that arent the super duper rare ones, and I've honestly never been too impressed. Well built, good looking guitars, but for MY money there's much better out there for me.
First of it was a joke dude so lay off the decaf ok! :wink: I understand where he is coming from and the guy is right to some extent. Jems are fantastic guitars but I have played/owned many other guitars that play just as good or IMO better. In the end it all comes down to personal taste and what feels right to your hands and sounds good to your ears.
 

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No, no, no, no, no!!! My heart is hurting!! JEMS rule!!, This can't be true, people don't really think like this!! It's all just an elaborate scam!!! Someone close this thread!! Please, conversations like this are just wrong against God and Steve Vai (actually Steve should come first...) ;)
 

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I have a new JS1200, but I also enjoy my '91 570. They both have a great feel and good stuff in 'em already. But the Joe still took getting used to.

If you worked the JEM for a day or 2, it'd probably start to sink in a bit more. Or, maybe that particular Ibanez type isn't for you.
 

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Heck any guitar that is different from yours takes time.

For example I played a J-Custom 8570 yesterday and it sounded great but the thing was a bit difficult for me to play on. Why?

Because the neck is satin finished and the super wizard, while probably being identical, didn't feel the same as my 91 560s original wizard. After about 45 minutes or so I started to get more comfortable and I could see that after a day or two there'd be no issue.

Does this mean that the J-Custom was unimpressive-by no means, it was sonically and asthetically amazing as well as having an awesome feel. It was just different than my guitar.
 

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Thread 1290318203981209 on the same topic.

Endresult as always: If you are wired that way -> have it that way.
If anyone would like JEMs then noone would play Fenders and we know lots of peeps play Fenders...
 

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Where the JEM lords it over the 770/570 crowd is the neck. becuase its thicker and non wizard it gives you more depth at the lower frets which makes barre chords etc much easier and also gives the guitar a deeper tone than the Wizard neck models.

I have a 777VDY and a 777DBK both have different necsk but the multi-radius on the dbk just nicks it in terms of playability because that extra neck depth makes the guitar more versatile in the styles I can play :)
 
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