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tonyparnham
post Oct 19 2009, 05:43 PM
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I'm seriously contemplating the Ibanez Jem 555 or the Steve Vai 7v. I tried the 555 in a shop today and I was taken by the slim neck which feels really good for me and the playability.
The price difference is quite dramatic like the 555 is around £800 british pounds and the 7v is around £1900. I would like to know what the main difference is between them which would justify the 7v being over twice the price as I know quite a number of members here own one or the other.
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post Oct 19 2009, 05:49 PM
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the Jem 555 is basically an RG350 with a fancy neck inlay and steve vai style body.

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its an entry level-mid level guitar. it uses either the Edge 3, TRS, or edge 2 trem (do not get it if it has the edge 2)

its a cool guitar but not worth the price.


the 7v is the real deal. aftermarket pick ups, edge pro trem, japanese crafted, high quality, just overall WAY better


the problem is, both these are high priced because they are a signature model.

An RG prestige will play the same and have the same hardware/quality as the 7v, but have half the price, but also does not have the same inlays/looks/flashy stuff

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post Oct 19 2009, 05:51 PM
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The JEM 555 is the ''Cheaper'' korean made version of Steve Vai's signature guitar.
The quotation marks because it is already a great instrument with good hardware... The 7v takes it up a couple of notches: It is built in Japan from much higher quality woods with a better craftsmanship and the hardware is top notch!

You can instantly hear and feal that you have a better guitar in your hands when you compare the two, just like when you play a Gibson Les Paul Custom next to a Studio...

Although they are both great guitars IMHO you are better of with getting an RG prestige and upgrade the pickups!!
You pay a lot more money just for the look and Steves name on the guitar while a high quality Ibanez RG with Evolution pickups delivers the same sound and built quality for less money + you don't look like a fanboy or wannabe with a non-singature guitar...


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post Oct 19 2009, 06:21 PM
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Yeah, what you pay is pretty much the name,
RG or some other model with upgraded pickup is wise thing to consider
ofc unless you want that body shape and inlays by all means.


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post Oct 19 2009, 06:31 PM
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Keep an eye on eBay for 2nd Hand 7v's, you'll often find them for around the £1100-1200 bracket.
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post Oct 19 2009, 10:17 PM
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Another difference is that the 555's body is american basswood, the 7vwh is alder!

I got my 7vwh used (in perfect condition) for 1400€ (new price in euros is 2200€)
Another good side of buying it used is you could find one from the 'golden era' with ebony fretboard and low-pro trem.
I sure wouldn't trade mine for a brand new 7vwh!


Also for more info on buying Ibanez guitars check Marc_maidens guide biggrin.gif
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/wiki/inde...ar_buying_guide


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post Oct 20 2009, 09:18 AM
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Thanks very much for all the information. Very enlightening.
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