Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Central Illinois
A review of my first JEM. - Wow.
I wanted to post this as a humble thank you for all your advice. *It was a great help to me in purchasing my first JEM. *I bought a JEM7BSB off of a great fella named James. *Thanks once again, James. *
I received it yesterday, and it arrived in great condition. *The first thing I noticed was the weight. *It can't weigh more that 8 or 10 pounds!! *As soon as I could, I did a string change and oiled the fretboard. *It walked immediately into tune, even after a couple of minor bridge adjustments. *When I plugged in, I was substantially more than pleasantly surprised. *I will never let anyone tell me that basswood cannot sound "meaty." *It has a ton of punch, and the lead sound is out of this world. *The thing has a tone all it's own. *The neck is more comfortable than I could have imagined. *The thing just feels......right. *I could not believe the neck pickup didn't get muddy, even on extreme gain settings (I play the 5150, and the gain is always on 6 on the rhythm and 5.5 on the lead). *I even punched my settings up to see what would happen. *Didn't change a bit. *But the most impressive thing was the clarity of the note separations, even with massive gain figured in. *It was very defineable. *I think this guitar is a real talker, and I'm proud to own her.
Downsides? *Just a couple. *The board hadn't been oiled in a while, and it soaked up plenty of lemon oil. *The only other thing is that the trem didn't really want to stay in tune, even after the strings were good and stretched. *I'll be picking up new springs for it, and I assume that will help quite a bit. *Any advice is appreciated on this.
Overall? *A fantastic axe. *Once again, thank you all and especially James. *It will be my main player now, at least until I get a swirl.