Re: JEM Jr Upgrade
My mother-in-law knew about my obsession with Jems and bought me one of these before she passed away from lung cancer. She loved the tree of life inlays and thought it would be a gift that would have special significance to me. She was right, it was an incredibly thoughtful thing to do. Obviously this particular guitar will never leave my family, but there are some issues which really bug me about it. The finishing on the frets is hideous and it also needs to be leveled and crowned which is something that shouldn't need to happen with a guitar straight out of the factory, so it's off to my luthier for that.
The main issue I have is with the tremelo, it just annoys me, it's dull and responds poorly. I've decided I'm going to install an original edge on it, has anyone successfully done this? Obviously it's a job for my luthier and I'm happy to pay what I expect to be a significant sum of money to do so, but given the circumstances with which I came to possess the guitar, money is not an issue in this case. I feel that I should do what I can to make it a guitar I love to play and the frets and tremelo stop me from enjoying the guitar, so they are the first priorities.
One thing I've noticed is how heavy this is compared to my 88 FP and my 89 VBK. Apparently it's made from mahogany? maybe this partly explains why it sounds so much brighter than my other Jems. The pickups seem to be OK, I haven't decided if I'm going to change them to offset/complement the mahogany body. Anyone else noticed this? I was lucky enough to get the rosewood neck, sorry but the orange tint in the Jatoba versions is not something I think I could live with. Hopefully with the CITES regs being relaxed later this year Ibanez will be able to go back to rosewood.