Originally Posted by AllP0werToSlaves
Hey all; I joined this site a couple of months ago because of the massive amount of content available for my favorite guitars. I'm an active musician who loves Ibanez, but I have so many damn questions regarding the JEM.
Please refrain from spamming/flamming me; I yearn for more knowledge on these guitars! My questions are:
1. How hard is it to gather all the parts to assemble a JEM from scratch? I really like some of the bodies available on **** at the moment, and would love to buy the neck separately.
2. How much can I expect to spend doing this? I'm def on a budget but owning a JEM is one of my dreams!
3. Is it hard to score an Edge Pro tremolo on its own?
Thanks for your help guys; these are probably really stupid questions but I don't know where else to turn! Also, other sites with good deals on JEM and other Ibanez parts are much appreciated!
1. Not hard, it's just a matter of some e-bay work. The cool thing is anything you happen not to like about it (for instance gold hardware or pickguard or whatever) you can change since you're getting it together yourself. Any of the vendors on here can build you a great quality neck for a reasonable price. I've had a good experience with Legacy, and I know others have with Jaden and Ernie at ET Guitars.
2. Consider every part of this particular answer a result of my personal experience, prices obviously vary greatly with each decision you make. Usually custom projects like this assuming you want quality stuff (dimarzios, high quality trem and tuners, whatever) tend to run anywhere from $1000+. Figure 3 Dimarzios = 200, the body can be anywhere from 150 or so to 400+, neck from the vendors seems to fall in the 2-300 dollar range (assuming you want a vine or something of the sort), electronics and tuners and such about 80ish, and then miscellaneous crap like pickup rings, pickguard, etc.
3. It's not hard, but it's not cheap. Everyone's favorite/hated auction site seems to have em from 250-300 bucks a piece.
If you have any other questions feel free to PM me. Every single guitar I own is a custom in one sense or another, usually made by private builders, so I've had a good amount of experience in terms of this stuff.