So, as I stated in my introduction post, Iím building myself a guitar inspired by the JEM. Iíve always been fascinated by this particular guitar, as well as the Les Paul Axcess that Alex Lifeson is using (because a LP with a FR is not so common).
(long post coming)
So, since I wonít be able to buy the real thing before several years at least, I decided to build myself one. This doesnít mean it will be cheaper than say, a JEM 555, but it will streamline the price of its components over the span of several months. But the main reason Iím doing this is because I feel the need to do something with my own hands. As much as I love coding, the result is not really concrete. Since there are also some things I want to do that are not there in a standard jem, it will also give me freedom to do what I want
The general design of this guitar will be that of a JEM of course, but with notable differences. The main thing being the addition of a piezo. I will go with a graphtech lb63, since it seems to be the only option to get a floyd rose with piezo pickups in it. (well, I could also get only the saddles, but these alone are already fairly expensive, let alone a schaller lockmeister on top of that + machining its base plate). Iíve been fascinated by the system implemented in both the Les Paul Axcess and the EBMM JPX 6 but I prefer the shape of a JEM
The neck will be an AANJ neck, and the body will have a rear cavity. The reason for this is because I want to be able to access the control cavity without having to remove either the floyd or the strings. It will have two jack outputs, one for the mags, one for the piezo. It will not have a bunch of switches and pots, only a volume/tone for the mags, volume for the piezo, A 3-way switch for the mags/mix/piezo and a 5-way switch for switching between the magnetic pickups. No middle pickup, no midi hexpander.
Since I wasnít sure I could do it, or if I would enjoy the whole process I did not bother getting expensive wood, though I would have loved having a nice quilted maple on top. You donít get a Porsche after getting your driving license right ?
The whole thing will first be a prototype. I will then move on to better material and redo the body, neck etcÖ So, I took some alder planks and assembled them as a base for my body. I then took some ash and some more alder for the neck. The whole thing cost me around 60 euros, which is not bad compared to the price of an alder blank on rockinger. I will put schaller tuners and a graphtech LB63 on it, and the pickups will be DiMarzios, but not the evos which IMHO are too scooped in the middle range, Iíd go with a crunch lab or dropsonic in the bridge and a liquifire in the neck, but for this prototype Iíll probably go with guitarheads hexbuckers. Hardware will be chrome, the body will be black with a mirror pickguard. Iíll let my wife paint whatever she likes on the top
There will also be a pearloid binding. The inlays will be disappearing pyramids because I donít feel comfortable enough to do a tree of life inlay. They will be made of white mother of pearl and abalone.
That pretty much sums it up, next posts will be less talk more pics