Custom Jem - Finished, another one on the way.
I finished my Korina jem this month. Here are the specs.
Ibanez RG Japanese Neck with frets 21-24 scalloped
Rear routed 2 pc Korina body
Translucent Wine Red stain
16 thin coats of nitro lacquer, polished by hand to a super gloss
Body not grain filled with the imperfections left as is
Norton PU for the Neck
Unknown single coil in the middle (actually sound really good)
Tone Zone in the bridge.
The electronics are wired as a cross between the new Jems and the older 1988 Jem 777RB
Original Black Edge trem with locking studs.
Plain black pickguard
All pickups are mounted direct to the body ala Van Halen.
I'm really impressed with the feel and sound of this guitar - The neck position has a Petrucci'esque tone. The bridge has a lot of bite, just enough mids and tight bass. Overall, the sound is very tight and focused. Excellent for quick runs. The RG neck is perfect in terms of straightness and playability, although it is a lot thinner that the Jem 777RB neck. Only drawback is that it is a litle heavier than the Basswoood, front routed Jem 777RB.
Next up is a 3 piece Mahogany Jem, rear-routed like the Korina. I'm thinking of painting it black with white or silver polka dots, kinda like Randy Rhoad's custom V or Buddy Guy's dot strat. No pickguard. Electronics would be either full EMG81/SA/85 OR paf pro in the neck, dist in the neck and a HS-2 in the middle.
What do you guys think?