#2
Why do you say that? I'm not an expert on JEMs, I'd like to hear how do you know it's a ripoff..
#3
Those cutaways look really weird but it could be the angle.
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#4
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Why do you say that? I'm not an expert on JEMs, I'd like to hear how do you know it's a ripoff..The cutaways aren't cut right.


THE LIST SO FAR:

The cutaways aren't cut right at all.

DiMarzio doesn't brand their pickups on the front.

The pickguard has 9 screws while Ibanez uses 10.

The monkey grip is off the original position and larger than before.

And the five way isn't angled properly.

Also on closer inspection, it has traditional slug/screw coils for the pickups.

The bridge and posts are completely gold, the real thing has a mix of black/gold for the bridge and has black posts. Also, the rods that lock the strings aren't long enough by the looks of it.

The bridge isn't an Original Edge, and the bridge rout isn't cut for the Edge. The real JEM has a second cut below the first for the "lions claw" thing.

One of the inlays has what looks like some extra glue that spilled out and stained the board.
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#5
In the second picture it kind of looks like the inlay fell out. Wow….
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#6
I have the urge to ask for some pictures of the back and the headstock.

This thing is just a pile of shit.

I'm just going to keep updating the list with everything else I find.
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#8
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The pickguard has 9 screws while Ibanez uses 10.


I know what an JEM looks like, but you'd have to be some kind of Ibanez psychopath to be able to tell this as a difference at a glance. I guarantee the CEO of Ibanez, or whoever's in charge of the design of the guitars over there wouldn't be able to tell you how many screws are in the pickguards off the top of their head.
#10
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I know what an JEM looks like, but you'd have to be some kind of Ibanez psychopath to be able to tell this as a difference at a glance. I guarantee the CEO of Ibanez, or whoever's in charge of the design of the guitars over there wouldn't be able to tell you how many screws are in the pickguards off the top of their head.


When you lay down $3,000 for an instrument, you tend to recognize every last detail.

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#11
I don't like the JEMs, but being an Ibby guy I could see those cutaways and grip were wonky a mile away.
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#12
It's funny that he's trying to pass it off as $3000 instrument, but I'd have to say that that's still a solid guitar for the $600-$800 range. But you'd never be able to play it in public, or you'd be ThatGuy that plays the knockoff JEM
#13
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It's funny that he's trying to pass it off as $3000 instrument, but I'd have to say that that's still a solid guitar for the $600-$800 range. But you'd never be able to play it in public, or you'd be ThatGuy that plays the knockoff JEM


Except for the fact you can buy those cheap Chibanez for 300 bucks straight from China. Ive never held or played one...but according to most that have they are absolute garbage.
#14
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Except for the fact you can buy those cheap Chibanez for 300 bucks straight from China. Ive never held or played one...but according to most that have they are absolute garbage.


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Have to admit though, if my dad bought me a $300 from China that had "Gibson" on the headstock when I was a kid, I'd be ecstatic. Don't know why, but Epiphone's headstocks look like shit to me. Just feels like its too long for a 3+3 headstock.
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#15
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DiMarzio doesn't brand their pickups on the front.


Actually, they do brand some of them: most of their single-coil size pickups are branded with the DiMarzio logo:



But you are correct: none of the pickups on that guitar would have a DiMarzio logo if they were real.

There are far too many problems with that guitar to believe that it is real. The guitar is probably a very bad knockoff.
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#16
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In the second picture it kind of looks like the inlay fell out. Wow….

It really does...
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#17
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Actually, they do brand some of them: most of their single-coil size pickups are branded with the DiMarzio logo:

*snipped*

But you are correct: none of the pickups on that guitar would have a DiMarzio logo if they were real.

There are far too many problems with that guitar to believe that it is real. The guitar is probably a very bad knockoff.


"DiMarzio makes single coils???"

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#18
That thing is horrid. Also, the angle on the 1st picture might be accentuating it, but the body "horns" look completely out of proportion.
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#19
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I know what an JEM looks like, but you'd have to be some kind of Ibanez psychopath to be able to tell this as a difference at a glance. I guarantee the CEO of Ibanez, or whoever's in charge of the design of the guitars over there wouldn't be able to tell you how many screws are in the pickguards off the top of their head.


Those cutaways just look ridiculous though.

I guarantee the CEO of Ibanez would be able to see that.
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#20
I may not pay much attention to Jems, but that one definitely looks sketchy. Whether it's the angle or not, the horns are way out of line on it.
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#21
Yeah, there's no way given what I'm seeing that this thing is the real deal. Granted, it'd be a cool guitar for some broke teenager looking for a copy of a well-known guitar, but as far as passing it off as the real Ibanez flagship axe, this is a mile or more off the mark, especially considering its a supposedly high end guitar paired with almost the cheapest possible combo amp. How much does anyone want to bet this guy wouldn't accept returns?
#22
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It's funny that he's trying to pass it off as $3000 instrument, but I'd have to say that that's still a solid guitar for the $600-$800 range. But you'd never be able to play it in public, or you'd be ThatGuy that plays the knockoff JEM

Your crazy, that is a $300 (shipping included) Chinese Fake look at DH Gate or Tradetang and you'll find them in spades

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