Re: Diablo Swirl Jem
Man. Not sure how I feel about this. I ordered my full custom from Herc back around October 18th of last year. Delivery day will probably be sometime next week (though that keeps getting pushed back). I have pretty darn high standards myself so I'm a little bummed after seeing this post. Your end result is freaking awesome and I bet you will not regret having that guitar even though the extra work had to be done. That swirl is very very nice and the clear coating, inlay, and pickguard are very nice and look to be well executed from the pics.
However, I fully agree that only a basic setup should be needed. That's all that's ever needed on a new guitar really other than personal preference items.
I was planning on doing the assembly and wiring on mine myself to save some money and get it up and running. But the frets not being parallel is a HUGE freaking deal. How in the #@%% can anyone play in tune with frets out of square with the neck??!! Is it even possible to play a chord in tune on a neck like that?! I doubt it. That is most assuredly unacceptable. Just no excuse in the world for that PERIOD, EVER. Anyone with a carpenter's square should have no trouble getting frets in the correct alignment. I expected there to be things on mine that are imperfect that I hadn't thought of, ...but that's just wrong. The fret slots being cut too deep is weird as well. I mean, I could live with it, but what's the point in cutting them that deep to begin with? Is it amateur hour or something? It wouldn't be hard for even a beginning wood worker to set up a jig with a circular saw to cut those fret slots to the proper depth. Looks like a rushed job to me or like someone who doesn't take pride in their work produced it. I understand some dimension variances in the neck and body and expect that. Partly for legal considerations to keep them out of trouble and also because it isn't manufactured on a line. I did expect the body and neck to be CNC. This is bothering me, even though I love your end result. My luthier is very freaking expensive but he's basicly the best and serves some pretty darn big name customers because of his reputation, so I'm not looking forward to spending big money with him to fix my neck. Hopefully this was an exception rather than the regular production quality.