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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-24-2007, 04:11 AM Thread Starter
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2200$? Im gonna have to make my own...

Wow, first post

My name's Kevin, Im a guitarist from around Dallas, TX. I've been eating bologna and drinking water with hopes of putting back enough money to buy a JEM. Along the way I decided to 'upgrade' my 321MH to a JEM copy. I in no way am trying to sell this as a real JEM, of course you'd have to be pretty dumb to belive a real fixed bridge JEM exists...

Any comments would be appreciated, positve, negative, whatever, just feedback.(pics below, hopefully if I did them right)

I painted on the design I came up with for my 270dx back in high school
I painted the JEM555 inlays down the back
I cut out a damn close to scale monkey grip( the black makes it look bigger)
I hand sanded the back of the monkey grip to give it a machined look
I installed mirror chrome JEM inlays, kinda like decals, and sealed them on the neck
I installed the JEM logo on the headstock
I replaced the Ibanez bridge with an upgraded bridge that cradles the string ends to reduce stress and breakage
I installed a Dimarzio Steve's special in the bridge and a Air Norton in the neck (petrucci style pups) and then covered them with black pickup covers to protect them from corrosion and give them a more sleek EMG look to go with the times and the paintjob.
I went back and clear coated the body to seal the paint and it brought out a really nice hue to the mahogany.

All of that cost me less than 160$ and just a few hours of work while watchin tv over the bar. I've got Vai's looks with Petrucci's guts.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-01-2007, 10:18 PM
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Re: 2200$? Im gonna have to make my own...

Looks pretty damn good to me! I hope the neck "inlays" last for you. Lots of work for sure. Now maybe you should add the middle pickup for the tone variations. I like the sound of mahogany and have sold off most of my basswood Ibanez guitars.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-01-2007, 10:45 PM
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Re: 2200$? Im gonna have to make my own...

cool, would love to see some less blurry pictures though.. especially of those inlays.. are they actually inlayed? or did you just stick on decals kinda? i'm interested in how you did it and how it came out?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-01-2007, 10:47 PM
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Re: 2200$? Im gonna have to make my own...

very cool!

where did you get the inlays?

+1 on the middle pickup
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-01-2007, 10:54 PM
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Re: 2200$? Im gonna have to make my own...

That's actually really cool!
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-01-2007, 11:05 PM
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Re: 2200$? Im gonna have to make my own...

Looks cool. Keep it dual humbuckers only though! I like the look of that better.
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