Another question to the JEM faithful
In my quest for the ever-cool "swiss army knife" I stumbled upon an idea based on a pair of unfortunate incidents. Let me preface by letting you all know that I have a cool Steinberger GS with a Sustainiac in it, my Bernie Rico Jr. has a piezo bridge with coil-tapped EMGs, I have a Suhr on the way with a similar setup, a Carvin with a guitar synth in it, a JEM with a double edge bridge and a McNaught with passive pickups and piezos.
For some time, I have been wanting to get a Fender VG Strat, but, I don't care for Fenders at all. Not that their quality is that bad, its just that I don't care for 22 frets and a more rounded fingerboard like they have. Well, I bought one - and of course I don't like it except for the VG pickup in there with the tunings. So, naturally, I am thinking - "what guitar can I tear into"... Then, chance happened upon me. At my local Gee-tar Center, they had a "problem". Seems that a new JEM7VWH took slight knock to the back of the body when an amp fell over on it. Gotta love those folks for putting a $2100 guitar right on the floor instead of hanging it. Well, it has two nice gashes in the back, one about 1/4" deep. The neck is perfect still. the only marks are on the back... wheels were turning....
I thought about gutting my VG and putting them into the JEM. I mean, hell - I would have to route the back of it anyway! They would let the JEM go for $1200 brand new. Thoughts on a VG JEM anyone?