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Thread: Petrucci Vs. JEM

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    Petrucci Vs. JEM

    Now, I know this is an EBMM forum, so I don't know how appropriate bringing up a JEM in general is, but this is something I wish to discuss very much.

    I have narrowed down my buying choices to a Petrucci or a JEM. I would like to know the most drastic differences between the two, because I have tried both and like them equally.
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    It's really got to be down to what you perceive to be the better guitar for you.

    I've not played either guitar, but I would think that the EBMM will be a higher quality, american made guitar.
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    jem rubbish over rated played one the other day JP absolutely brilliant craftmanship
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    I've never tried the JEM but do own a JP and couldn't be more happy. Build quality, neck feel, arm scoop, trem, piezo---all top notch. There's not one thing you have to do or change to this instrument to make it playable. In other words, if JP where playing a concert in my town and didn't have his guitars, all he'd have to do is grab mine and play. It is a true pro instrument that you don't have to tweak (unless you play w/ a different string gauge) and it's designed and made in the USA. Can't beat that.
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    I had both... the JP6 fully loaded wins hands down. I'd buy the JP6 still if only because of the forearm scoop and compensated nut.

    And I'm not just saying this because I'm an EBMM convert. The old JEM77VWHs with the ebony boards were still worth considering. But Ibeenhad chickened out and went to rosewood.

    For that reason alone, I'd forego the JEM.

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    well, which one did John pick?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles View Post
    I have tried both and like them equally.
    I think if you like them both equally as instruments, then I suppose, as an musician, I would be looking at things like reliability and ease of use in the broader sense of the word.

    When looking at guitars, I want something that is reliable, and easy to use. I don't want to have to do too much to maintain the guitar, and as I change strings often, I want that to be damn easy too. Versatility is a huge bonus too.

    With the JP, I have an amazing guitar, that is easy to maintain, it is extremely reliable, and a joy to play. Aesthetically, it is quite wonderful too. Sooo...if the Ibby has all this too, then flip a coin, if it comes 2nd in any of these categories, then get the JP. I know where my money would be going, but its not my money...
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    The Petrucci trem, how close does it come to a Floyd Rose in terms of range? To me it's very important to be able to make squealing noises with a FR, that's the only reason the JEM is still kept in running with the incredibly awesome JP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles View Post
    The Petrucci trem, how close does it come to a Floyd Rose in terms of range? To me it's very important to be able to make squealing noises with a FR, that's the only reason the JEM is still kept in running with the incredibly awesome JP.
    If you listen to Dream theater's latest album, at the end of the solo for Constant Motion, he does a huge dive bomb and raise. I've had floyd's and JP's definetely hits the range. Well, according to my ears anyway.
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    Sweet, haha, I think the tie breaker has just been broken.

    Does Musicians Friend sell the JP6 with all the whistles and bells? I want the whole deal, inlays, piezo, matching head stock, mystic dream finish.
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    I've had a 1989 JEM 777 VBK for 2 years. A great instrument (it was one of the first runs, mind you, Ibanez' necks, the craftmanship and the tremolos have sliped quite badly n the last couple of years...)

    BUT, this is nowhere near a JP. With a JP you get a guitar that has a sound, playability and build quality you'd never be able to get buying a stock Ibanez Jem (I mean, it's no secret that Steve Vai's Jems are a not "quite" stock). I loved my Jem, sold it, and really never look back to it.

    Considering the trem question - it's very wide, is more stable than a new Ibanez trem (EDGE-Pro I believe), and there are no fine tuners - your hand can rest on your trem block easily without running into something. AND, changing strings is a bliss with a JP after you've done it with floating FR-Style tremolos.

    In short, my advice - go the JP. Considering they are the same price range (at least here in Europe) there is not even a choice to make. A stock Jem is really not even in the same class as a PET.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles View Post
    The Petrucci trem, how close does it come to a Floyd Rose in terms of range? To me it's very important to be able to make squealing noises with a FR, that's the only reason the JEM is still kept in running with the incredibly awesome JP.
    The trem on the JP6 is seriously the LAST thing you need to worry about...

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    Please dont use the VS...its a pet peeve of mine. It isnt war or a boxing match We are talking about two fine guitars "Or" works better for me..thanks
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    The last Jem I tried was one of the white ones. I liked the sound a heck of a lot. Of course, you get that single coil in the middle too.

    My choice: JP6 all the way. But...what else is anyone on this board going to say? Most people on this board are fanatics about EBMMs.

    Of course, much has been said about how great the JP6 is in general. Let's talk about the company that stands behind the instrument. I think EBMM customer service is really second to none in this industry. Sure, if you order an instrument from scratch (i.e., the dealer hasn't already ordered one with the exact specifications you want), it will take several months (about 6) to get your guitar. So, it might take a while unless you buy from a dealer's stock. However, once you have the guitar, EBMM customer service will really take care of you. If you have a problem, bring the problem to your dealer's attention. If your dealer can't help, well, EBMM customer service will. They're very responsive.

    Here are my two customer service experiences:

    1. I have a 20th Anniversary Silhouette. The crappy guitar cord I used broke. The tip remained in the guitar's output jack. I posted here in the forum asking what I ought to do about it, asking if there was an easy fix, should I bring to a tech, should I send the guitar to EBMM to have them fix it, etc. The advice I got was to have EBMM send me a new jack, and Sterling Ball himself advised me NOT to send the guitar back to EBMM and to have the guitar repaired locally. So, that's what I did. Dan McPherson from customer service and I corresponded through e-mail. He sent me one jack, which was not the correct one. I e-mailed him to inform him that it was the wrong one. Then, he promptly sent me the right one. Then, I asked Dan if he wanted me to send the parts (the old jack and the "wrong" jack) back to him. Dan said that he'd send me a couple of EBMM T-shirts if I did. So, I sent them back. What did I pay for parts, T-shirts, and a few complimentary EBMM stickers? Not a thing. I paid a couple of bucks for an envelope and postage, and I paid the repair guy. That's it.

    2. I bought a used Silhouette Special. It was set-up weird. I posted here about it. I got great advice from the repair department at EBMM, and they helped me get it set up right. Cost to me? No cost at all for helping me with a guitar whose warranty had expired years before.

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    I agree with D.K. I have a first year green Jem and it is a great instrument. However, I bought another Jem years later which suffered greatly from poor craftsmanship. Sold it pretty quick. I think with EB the quality is completely consistant from guitar to guitar.

    Which guitar sounds better? I guess that is preference. I don't have a JP, but I appreciate the classy look of it instead of the flashier JEM look. I love my JEM alot, but I wouldn't play it in public. (in fact, it is in storage at mom's). Granted, they don't make flourescent green ones anymore, but still, I don't want someone instantly thinking of another player when they see the guitar. JP guitars have less of that I think, but maybe I'm wrong.

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