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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-05-2001, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
 
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I am wanting to customize a JEM for the hell of it basically.

I am planning on buying a DBK model with the screw head position markers. *I'll disassemble it.....send the neck to SIMS to get the markers done up with LED lights (undecided on color yet) with the bright lenses.

As far as the body......sand down the textured finish and go one of two routes on new finish.

1. Chromalusion paint in a Blue/Purple/Magenta fade...

2. A custom paint where it appears black at a glance....but actually has a similar Chromalusion effect of blue fade or red fade deep within the paint.

And as far as the pickguard....I haven't decided whether to stick with the chrome or something different.

As far as electronics.....probably switch to Tone Zone, or Evo in the bridge and add either a Fernandes or Sustainiac sustainer pickup in the neck.

I have been wanting to build or convert one to my own personal ultimate JEM. There it is.....:love:
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-06-2001, 07:57 AM
 
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Sounds like some good ideas...I personally never cared too much for the screw head dots and bumpy finish. *Post pics if you follow through!
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-06-2001, 08:58 AM
 
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Go for it! It's much nicer to have a guitar so personalised and yours! And the dbk looks like a good "raw" material! Post us pics if you do it, I'd be interested to see what it looks like!

Oh, and just an idea, but If you are going to get LED's in the fretboard, why not get a clear pickguard (maybe slightly coloured, but translucent) and have the same colour light (from several LED's, maybe mounted behind the pickups) eminating from the body of the guitar? It could look cool, and might leave the whole guitar looking more balanced when the lights are turned off...

James
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-23-2001, 07:53 AM
 
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Why buy a JEM when youll be redoing it completely? Where I live, there are many good luthiers who can do superb guitars ( I have one), that are cheaper than Jems. But then again, Jems cost ~2600$ in here...
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-23-2001, 12:47 PM
 
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Or just use an R-G... *Especially since you are wanting to change every feature of the Jem that makes it a jem in the first place. *Good luck!
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-23-2001, 03:24 PM
 
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i second that... get a nice RG (as nice as you can get one anyways) and do whatever you want to do to it, then you can get a luthier like the dude from universal jems to cut out the monkey grip for ya... it'll be SO much cheaper and alot smarter as jems have their own "personality" and it'd be a bit if a shame spending so much cash just to scrap it all and spend more customizing it...

i say go for a nice RG and do what you want from there...
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-23-2001, 05:34 PM
 
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Yeah, I would also go for that RG-idea.
It's gonna be so much cheaper.
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-23-2001, 06:26 PM
 
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I'll have to agree with everyone else here on cost's and stuff about the RG vs. JEM ......

If you have a little patience and wood working tools you can convert an RG body into a Jem Style Body....

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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-03-2001, 05:24 PM
 
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If you want custom check out the job brian did for me .I did the paint with chromallusion and brian did the mod's,just go to his gallery at Univeral Jems He does great work. *
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-03-2001, 09:26 PM
 
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i like one of a kind guitars...

Im gonna turn my RB in to a custom Floral pattern... *Ill just have to find a cool fabric first...

(Edited by Jay Satriani at 3:27 am on Nov. 4, 2001)
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-04-2001, 12:29 AM
 
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Jay what did you have in mind and are you going to do it yourself.Show some pic's when your done.
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-04-2001, 02:40 AM
 
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Quote: from AJofATTICA on 1:38 am on Sep. 5, 2001


1. Chromalusion paint in a Blue/Purple/Magenta fade...

personal ultimate JEM. There it is.....:love:
Look in Here for an example!
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-04-2001, 07:18 AM
 
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No, i thought id send the body to a professional... But ofcoarse ill take some juicy pics when its done...
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