28 years of longing...I got my FP!
This is my first post here, so this is sort of an introduction/NGD post.
Waaaaay back in 1990, I walked with my buddy to a local guitar shop for his weekly lesson. I spent the first 15 minutes walking up and down the two aisles (it was a small store), looking at the guitars they had in stock. I had only been playing about 3 months at the time so I knew very little about the stuff I was looking at. I did recognize the red Stratocaster from the cover of Jimi Plays Monterrey, and that was cool.
Then I saw the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I'm not talking just guitars here. I mean this was THE most gorgeous, captivating object I had ever seen. it was behind the counter and tucked away in the corner just barely visible. The next 45 minutes was spent staring at this incredible machine. I remember asking the store owner "What is THAT?!". He clearly understood because instead of saying anything, he handed it to me with a huge grin on his face. After handling it for a few minutes, he finally said "That, my friend, is a Jem".
Thus ensued a decades long love affair with Jems, specifically the FP. I got older, went to work in a profession that absolutely devours your free time, and I played less and less. But I never lost my love for the FP.
Eventually, I promoted to a point that I actually have free time, and found myself picking up my guitars more and more until I finally realized I had the means to start seriously looking for my FP. A month or so of constant searching and a few dead ends had me somewhat disheartened. Then a few nights ago, I decided to take one last look on a popular site for guitar sales and there it was. MY Jem FP. I have never typed so fast in my life!
What I found was an 89' with one of the most incredible pattern combinations I've ever seen. We all know what I mean. The front on some is perfect but the head stock is a little weak. Or the back is awesome and the front looks like @ss. Not this one. Certainly it's a matter of personal preference, but this one just jumped out at me.
Apparently it only had two owners. The guy who bought it and the guy who sold it to me. It was found by owner #2 with black Duncans in it. He swapped them out for pink Evos (fine with me as I prefer them to PAF Pros by a wide margin). Everything else is dead stock and in superb condition.
I sincerely hope everyone who really appreciates these instruments gets to call one their one one day. I can assure you that it's worth the wait.
Even if that wait is 28 years long.
Last edited by Driver; 06-08-2018 at 12:58 PM.