Pleasantly surprised! It's AWESEOME!
I ordered the Jem70V from Sweetwater and I was a bit leery at first. Folks always talk about how awesome the Made In Japan guitars are versus other locations in the orient. I had done my homework and read some reviews. I'm no stranger to expensive guitars, but I wanted a daily player and NOT a collectors piece; I loved the seafoam green color too! Chris Goldbach, my Sweetwater engineer was great to speak with regarding my concerns. Chris was so cool, he sent me photos of my ACTUAL guitar right after the purchase! That's pretty classy!
The guitar came from Sweetwater, expertly packed; it was the first guitar I've bought from them, so I didn't know what to expect. It was very well cared for! It was stunning when I opened the case! You really have to see the color in person to appreciate it!
To my surprise, once I tuned it up, it played GREAT! (They ship them intonated, but tuned down for easier transport on the strings!) I thought I'd have to have it set up for sure, (and I may once it acclimates) but I was blown away at how low the action was, straight from Sweetwater and how well it played in just minutes!
This is an IMPRESSIVE guitar! Who cares where it's made! Going head to head with the more expensive Jems from the late 80s, the only thing that I noticed that was different was the lack of scalloped frets from 20 through 24! Honestly? I LOVE that too!
The Evo pickups are wonderful! They sound great through my SLO100, JCM800 and my Avid Eleven Rack! They even sound pretty darned good through my older Crate G40c practice amp too! What do you expect? Steve Vai plays these same pickups in his more expensive model too!
Anyone who's ever played an "Edge" bridge knows what they are getting! It stays in tune through the most rigorous dives and pulls too!
The neck is simply incredible! No "scarf-joints" here! This baby is sensational! Wide, flat, fast and very responsive! It feels like it should cost double the price like the higher end MIJ Jems! The inlay is simply gorgeous! I think I bought this guitar for the neck inlay alone!
If you're on the fence with buying a Jem, and don't want to spend the hefty price tag for exactly what Steve plays... consider this 70V model! It's beautiful, plays well and is very affordable!
I've read other reviews around the net saying the fit and finish wasn't that great on these, but the one I purchased is terrific! I even voiced those concerns to Chris, and he was kind enough to take photos of the areas I questioned, like the output jack. These folks are awesome! I'm a customer for life now!