Originally Posted by ImitationSHREDder
what neck did you put on it? how much did the whole project cost totally?
Well, I had the RG350DX ($400), and I swapped necks with an RG320FM I had. 3 new DiMarzio pickups ($60-$70 each), new pickguard ($35), Megaswitch, pots & output jack from Stew Mac ($50 or so), Binding & router bit ($45-$50), Paint & supplies ($80-$100). So, we're talking like $700-$800 all said & done. But
some of the supplies were tools or were able to be used on other projects.
I used tutorials on Project Guitar to guide me through the Monkey Grip, and Bears Claw mods, using my Jem as a judge of how accurate I was doing. Modding the output jack was done using my Jem for measurements.
All in all it was not cost effective for resale or anything like that. I simply wanted to have a cheaper alternative to taking my Jem out that wouldn't make me cry if I chipped it or something like that. I also have an affinity for a Jem 7DBK, which was what I was originally planning to do, but I really wanted to try my hand at binding. I'm actually in the early stages of refinishing it, as it came out good, but not perfect. But I'm also hand building 2 guitars from scratch right now, so it'll have to wait until spring to be finished.
At this point, it would take little money but alot of time & effort to simply replicate the body work. It was the other mods, especially pickups, and the purchase of some specialty tools that will be used for years that really put it up there.