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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-28-2009, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Custom JEM built

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I built this JEM copy last year in my garage woodshop but never got around to posting pics. Didn't bother with the Lions Claw.

Specs are:
Swamp Ash body with Tung Oil finish - the body is approx 1/4" thicker than a standard JEM/RG. The blank was cut in half and laminated down the center of the body.
Pickups: EMG 81/85 Zakk Wylde set with 18v mod. (i.e. two batteries)
Bridge: Ibanez Edge (bought from Rich Harris)
Neck: 5 Piece - maple/boxwood/bubinga/boxwood/maple with bubinga binding on the maple fretboard
Frets: Jumbo

http://www.flickr.com/photos/guitvai1/3392331551/

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-28-2009, 05:16 PM
 
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Re: Custom JEM built

Very nice! How does it sound? Did you build it yourself? P.S, I live near Brampton!
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-28-2009, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks, yes I built it myself, it started out as a couple of blocks of wood. My main tools are a Delta table saw, Freud router, and Rigid belt sander. The dimensions were taken from my RG550. The neck is slightly thicker than a Wizard. It sounds great clean or distorted, but mostly excels at heavier stuff.
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-29-2009, 02:22 AM
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yeah im liking that.very nice
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Damn that is a nice guitar. I built a custom too with a thicker Alder body - tone for days! Great work.
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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-29-2009, 05:06 AM
 
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Looks great! I love that finish.

Is it heavy? It's thick!
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-29-2009, 05:49 AM
 
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nice guitar, if it had a blank fretboard and no grip, i'd be all over it.
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-29-2009, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the compliments.

It's a little heavier than my RG's but not like a Les Paul or anything.

I think if I decide to build another I'll go with the blank ebony board and no grip.
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-31-2009, 07:57 PM
 
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AWESOME guitar!!!
very very nice!!!
i love that neck binding

congrats!
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-01-2009, 07:40 AM
 
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Wow, that is amazing!!!
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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-01-2009, 08:22 AM
 
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Daym...thats nice dude...great work.... horns high!!
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-01-2009, 12:38 PM
 
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Dear god that finish is beautiful! I want one so bad!!!!
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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-01-2009, 03:19 PM
 
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That really is beautiful. I don't like maple boards as a rule, but that one looks good.
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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-01-2009, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Guys, thanks alot, I'm glad someone else can appreciate my JEM interpretation. If anyone wants any tips on their own build, let me know.

Cheers.
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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-01-2009, 11:46 PM
 
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Great lookin' build dude. As a guy who does a lot of this sorta custom stuff though I cant help wishin' that the board were some kind of figured maple (birdseye, flame) instead of just regular. Looks very sleek though
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