So, I was emailed the following pictures to evaluate whether or not this was a real Jem or not after Cooper9797 spent $1200 on it.
Of course it didn't take long identifying the knock of tremolo, botched J-Craft logo and lack of gold hardware, but seriously, these aren't the spectacularly crappy clones of yore.
They aren't worth $1200...but on TradeTang they are being sold for under $300. Sure this dude got ripped a new one, but under yesterdays heated discussion, I figured it might be interesting if a FRIENDLY
discussion could be generated. So here are the pics he sent me...
I didn't get a picture of the input jack, so I don't know if it's recessed or not, but we can chalk these up into the collection of knowledge of what to look out for.
Handle spacing looks pretty proper to me...way better than the much older copies...But obviously the trem is still wrong. Dead giveaway.
The logo is pretty right for once...they used to botch that up pretty bad.
Knock off Gotohs, hard to tell but the logo is bigger. Also the knock off J-Craft logo. The real one is more blocky.
An upclose shot of the logo. You can see it's double stamped, and in a similar shape to the real logo. Very convinving from 3 feet away.
Because i'm not a JEM owner, I can't comment on the authenticity of the vines. I'm sure they are getting better over time, but will never match the real deal...like, ever. Thats the real selling point.
Neck joint is off, but a convincing looking AANJ.
...so thats what I have right now, as far as my ascertation. Feel free to chime in. Be nice.