#2
They're quite different guitars as far as the feel and playing of them goes.

Try them both out and see which you like better?
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#4
Maybe its just me, but it seems like you pay alot for a JEM's cosmetics, like the colored pickups and the Monkey Grip. But JS's seem more like you pay for the guitar more, as a JS is rather plain compared to a JEM. But try both of em out, as Vai and Satch are very different players and would want different guitars.
#5
Id go for the JS

Simply because its cheaper and still has pretty much all the capabilities of the jem

Jem is HSH
JS is HH with Coil tap and High pass filter

IMO JS's Aerofoil shape is so much cooler and lighter

They both have Edge Pros too


So unless you have the money and want a Monkey Grip and Lion Crow Routing, get the JS
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#6
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Maybe its just me, but it seems like you pay alot for a JEM's cosmetics, like the colored pickups and the Monkey Grip. But JS's seem more like you pay for the guitar more, as a JS is rather plain compared to a JEM. But try both of em out, as Vai and Satch are very different players and would want different guitars.


Yea because white pickups are so much more expensive (sarcasm). I own a JEM7vwh and a custom JEM and it is the best guitar I have ever played or owned. Bought a 2006 on evilbay for $1300. I assembled my custom with authentic parts that i bought piece by piece and it ran me about $1100 give or take. There is no way I would ever pay retail because IT IS overpriced not because of the cosmetics but the Vai name. Ive never played a JS series but like others have said, the only way to know what suits you best is by playing them both.
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#7
both are going to be relatively expensive, because joe and steve will get a royalty for each guitar. as long as you're aware of that, that's ok.

also, don't buy the jem555 or js100; they're crap. at least the higher models, which are overpriced, are decent guitars.
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#9
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They're totally different animals if you ask me. The JS has a more vintage feel and sound to it (thicker neck etc.), while the JEM is the ultimate shred machine. I think it's up to you.

Aggreed, the JS was designed to "have a vintage feel, but modern electronics". They're both great guitars, but feel very different.