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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-06-2008, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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The JEM 20th!

It's ACRYLIC heh heh. That leaves me with a question tho, what are the tonal characteristics of acrylic? I mean, it strays so far from wood its insane! makes me wanna build a guitar outta some new unwilling material.. (engine block?) lol
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Re: The JEM 20th!

I have an acrylic guitar. It has a rectangular shape, making it look a lot like the Steinberger guitars.

With a Seymour Duncan JB, it sounds great!
But the natural acrylic tone seems to me a bit thinny.
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I think you'd do well to ask JJEMMER777, he's a moderator here and owns a 20th ....and other Jems (don't mention the VRMR please )

He'll give you a good opinion too
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My experience is that acrylic has a very prominent high end and tends to be, as Crazy_Guitar said, a bit thin. Balanced out with a rosewood neck and a dark amp, and there's no reason you can't get a fantastic sound out of it.

As for engine block, I imagine it would sound like turning the mid and bass controls on your amp to zero.
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I own the 20th and bought it more or less for posterity and as a collectible, not really expecting much from an acrylic guitar. The BC rich see through guitars were just plain awful, but expected a tad bit more from Ibanez and for the price. I could not believe how this thing sounded through my live set up. Amazing sound, not just for an acrylic guitar, but in general. My favorite axe is my original 77FP, which sounds and plays to my ears like nothing else ever. There's literally a connection I have with this guitar, but the Jem 20 sounds better, and I hate saying that. The feel is a bit awkward due to the weight, but sitting down with it is fine. If this were a less expensive model, I could see it replacing the 77FP for many applications. I play this guitar frequently, but only in the safety of my home, on a plush couch, with my children a good ways away...

Do not be fooled by the lights and body, it sounds better than any regular wood guitar.
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I think you'd do well to ask JJEMMER777, he's a moderator here and owns a 20th ....and other Jems (don't mention the VRMR please )

He'll give you a good opinion too
Ummmmmmm.....then why are we STILL waiting for his report on it

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The 20th sounds awesome.
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My experience is that acrylic has a very prominent high end and tends to be, as Crazy_Guitar said, a bit thin. Balanced out with a rosewood neck and a dark amp, and there's no reason you can't get a fantastic sound out of it.

As for engine block, I imagine it would sound like turning the mid and bass controls on your amp to zero.
lmao yeah.
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you just did
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you just did
i'd like to build an acrylic guitar.. are blocks of acrylic expensive? where can i get them?
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I think you'd do well to ask JJEMMER777, he's a moderator here and owns a 20th ....and other Jems (don't mention the VRMR please )

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I didn't know Jim bought a 20th....

Jim, I hope you didn't forget to post pics of your new axe!


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post #12 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-18-2008, 10:34 AM
 
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Re: The JEM 20th!

Okay, I have a 20th. I bought it because I wanted it. I see them on Evil Bay all the time and no one is buying them. I guess it serves the people who "bought them just to try and sell them for a profit" right. However, does that mean that these aren't going to hold any resale value?

Just curios on other peoples thoughts.
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ah give it time, i mean the 10ths sell for a lot of money. When the 30th edition comes out people will be paying loads for the 20ths...makes yer wonder how much 10ths will be by then!
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I can't see them holding or gaining much value.I don't think it's a guitar alot of people like,maybe if it was cheaper but for that money there are alot of nicer guitars to be had
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Re: The JEM 20th!

I heard a sound clip of the 20th Anniversary Jem and it sounds great. The pickups were designed specifically for use in the acrylic body of the 20th.
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