#1
I've been looking at getting a Jem for quite a few years now, and now that my savings are approaching a comfortable level, the idea of getting that Jem is that much more realistic again.

I've been to a few shops and while I've not tried out any of the Jems just yet I have been visually shopping around. So is there a significant difference between the Made in Japan Jems and Made anywhere else Jems.

I've seen Jems made in Indonesia, and from the horror stories and personal experience I have with Ibanez made Indonesia, I wouldn't even go near any guitar made in Indonesia.

What about Jems made anywhere else but Japan, I have seen the 7Vs which were made in Japan and then other 7Vs made somewhere else (Korea I think) and the price difference was quite scary. Almost double in price I think.

Does its location of manufacture justify such a price difference?
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#2
yes, actually i think almost all JEMS are MIJ, excluding the (i believe) JEM555, which was Korea. I'd distrust a JEM if it wasn't made in Japan, but that's jst me.
#3
^ Yeah pretty much any JEM that isn't made in Japan (like the 555 and 333 I think it's called) is a non-prestige quality guitar priced higher than prestige guitar.

Avoid them they're crap.
#4
OK, but what are the aspects and differences which justify such a drastic difference in price?

Any information would be great, maybe warping of the neck or weak hardware, complete difference in tone, bad wiring etc... anything would be helpful
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#5
yes, pay the extra for the good JEMs; you'll find a guitar that'll be a great workhorse and last for years, just like any quality guitar
#6
The non-MIJ JEMs are all-around inferior versions of their MIJ counter-parts. Inferior parts, inferior build quality, over priced, etc...

If you want a JEM don't cut corners.
#7
And dont listen to people when they say Jems are a waste and just as good as a prestige.

My jem is a cut above prestige. The action is so godamn low, and the neck is so comfortable.

Jem necks are like a Wizard Prestige with a very subtle rounding at the bottom, so its still very thin with just enough rounding to make it no so flat. It makes all the difference!
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^ Yeah pretty much any JEM that isn't made in Japan (like the 555 and 333 I think it's called) is a non-prestige quality guitar priced higher than prestige guitar.

Avoid them they're crap.


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the trem won't be as good (that's the major one- if the trem won't stay in tune and generally isn't good on a guitar which, odds are, you're buying for the trem, it's a bit daft to buy it), also the generally quality of the guitar and hardware etc. won't be as good. if you can only afford a jem 555, get an rg1570 instead and replace the pickups, that'll be much closer to a "real" jem than the 555 will.
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the trem won't be as good (that's the major one- if the trem won't stay in tune and generally isn't good on a guitar which, odds are, you're buying for the trem, it's a bit daft to buy it), also the generally quality of the guitar and hardware etc. won't be as good. if you can only afford a jem 555, get an rg1570 instead and replace the pickups, that'll be much closer to a "real" jem than the 555 will.


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#10
only "real" jems are made in Japan no where else.
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