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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-10-2003, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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I've seen many pics of Steve Vai's JEMs, particularly EVO. And the instrument has aged to that beatiful bone, off-white color. Does anybody here have instruments that have aged to the point where they discolor? Can you post pics of them. I like seeing instruments that look like they have been around the block more than once. About how long did it take to discolor? I just got my JEM7VWH, which i named "Angel", in July 2002. I was wondering how long would it take to discolor? I'd rather let it happen naturally, I dont want to accelerate this effect by artificial means. Thanks fellow JEMsters!
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i`ve rather imaginatively called my jem 7 , Gemma
and im sure over the next few years giging she`ll get plenty of chips and cracks,, don`t worry bout it dude, it adds character
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beer is goood..
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I'm not sure if this is true, but I think that the new JEMs have a special paint which doesn't discolor or fade. I actually think this is a good thing because a sign of a guitar being "used" should be a few chips and cracks, not a color fade which would make a beautiful bright-white JEM turn greyish...
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Pics of my aged PGM300 ;-)

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How is that PGM spec sheet coming along ...glen
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Looks good. I love Paul Gilbert, awesome guitar player, tons of talent. I'm just wondering though, what's the whole point of the reversed headstock? I've seen them everywhere and haven't bothered to ask why it's like that...
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I'm just wondering though, what's the whole point of the reversed headstock? I've seen them everywhere and haven't bothered to ask why it's like that...
Some of us love them.
If I could get a Jem with reverse headstock and clean (no fret markers of any kind) maple fretboard, plus leftie EDGE, I would be the happiest man alive.

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Do the toppers for the pickups ever age at all?
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Remember that 80's band "Kix"? Their big song was "Don't Close Your Eyes". Anyway, one of the guitarists was a collector and he mentioned a technique he used to age his guitars...he would "smoke" the guitar. He used lit cigarettes. I guess the smoke dicolored the finish. He mentioned a white tele that he smoked to an off white.
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I'm just wondering though, what's the whole point of the reversed headstock? I've seen them everywhere and haven't bothered to ask why it's like that...
Some people like how they look. I was on a big reverse-headstock kick for a while back in the late '80s/early '90s.

There can be some functional benefits, too. I find the tuners on a 6-inline headstock to be easier to manipulate on the underside of the headstock, especially if you wear your guitar a bit higher. You don't have to **** your wrist on that odd angle to turn them.

On guitars without locking nuts, the greater length between the nut and the tuners for the low strings can give you a slightly different feel on the bottom strings. There's a bit more string to move around, so you can get a very slightly looser feel. Conversely, the higher strings have less play behind the nut, so they have a slightly tighter feel when bending. The difference is very subtle.
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