This is so much more of a guitar than it's price range would indicate. If you love JEMS,(I've got one), but can't spend the big bucks this is an excellent one to try out. The necks are very similar. The electronic layout is the same but the pickups are not. The Jem Breed pickups are darker and fuller. The RG's are brighter. I like the singlecoil on the RG better because it seems more balanced to the humbuckers than on the JEM. I bought this guitar as a backup for the JEM and I'm very pleased with it.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $749.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Made at the Japanese factory. Basswood body, maple neck and rosewood fretboard. One volume, One tone, H-S-H pickup configuration, 5-way switching, passive electronics,Dimarzio/IBZ pickups. RG body style finished in Galaxy Black with a dark plum colored brushed metal pickguard. It has the Floyd type floating bridge with locking nut. This is a Prestige addition guitar with a nice broke in feel to the neck right out of the box.
This guitar has a wide, flat neck similar to the JEM neck. Excellent for lead work but not recommended for straight rhythm players. Neck is very thin front to back and with the almost flat radius leads fly of the fretboard. Very good action. Low and clean. Not overly, buzzy low. All frets level and nicely polished. Very smooth unfinished feel to the back of the neck.
This guitar has very strong pickups and about the widest range in a tone pot I've found. It can adjust from super bright to smokey dark. It kills on Metal and is great for that whole Satch, Vai, Gilbert instrumental type of music. The single coil in the middle is louder and more balanced than a lot of singles I've seen used in this configuration. I play it through Mesa F series amps and love the sounds I get. It can produce some wonderfully bluesy sounds in the 2 and 4 pickup selections. Very smooth electronics. You can dial or switch to any sound with no scratchy or click sounds. Very quite and accurate.
It seems to stay in tune forever. Thank goodness, because it is a floyd setup so once it gets to far out of adjustment you have to do the whole locking nut procedure. No worse than any other floyd type and it really does stay in tune a long time. Seems very well made. I've had it for about nine months and it still plays and looks like new. The finish still looks perfect.