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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-10-2011, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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JEM Project - trying to decide if a resto or customization is worth it?

I picked up a jem7dbk today for only $500 but it's pretty beat up. It's been rattle-canned flat black, some screws missing, horrible plastic diamond-plate pickguard, significant corrosion on some trem pieces (although the main trem parts are ok). Surprisingly the neck is in pretty good shape though. Fretboard and frets need a clean/polish but are in good shape. The neck finish and headstock are great and the hardware on the head has no corrosion at all.

I'm caught between excited and regretful and am not sure whether I should jump right in and go crazy custom (since I'm not sure if it would be worth the $$ to go stock dbk finish) or if I should get my money back (I have 14 days to return it).

Opinions?

Sadly, the pics make the paint look A LOT better than it really is:
http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/...110_123023.jpg
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http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/...110_122946.jpg
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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-10-2011, 01:37 PM
 
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Re: JEM Project - trying to decide if a resto or customization is worth it?

For $500 I'd send that junker back. You can get a nice guitar for that.
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post #3 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-10-2011, 03:54 PM
 
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Re: JEM Project - trying to decide if a resto or customization is worth it?

keep it.

its a good project
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post #4 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-10-2011, 04:48 PM
 
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Re: JEM Project - trying to decide if a resto or customization is worth it?

I'd send it back. For what you would spend just to restore it to stock-like levels, you'd be beyond the price of a different DBK.
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Re: JEM Project - trying to decide if a resto or customization is worth it?

give it back, save 300 bucks and get a minty dbk or a old 777DY
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The price you would put into making it right would be rediculous, you could easily get a "good" DBK for the price to fix it up!
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post #7 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-10-2011, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: JEM Project - trying to decide if a resto or customization is worth it?

The temptation here is making a cool custom JEM out of it (custom color swirl, etc.) without destroying a nice JEM or using all 3rd party parts. However, as I ad the costs together...
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Re: JEM Project - trying to decide if a resto or customization is worth it?

Also, I didn't realize that the neck on the DBK isn't the same as other JEMs
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post #9 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-10-2011, 06:14 PM
 
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Re: JEM Project - trying to decide if a resto or customization is worth it?

I guess it really depends if this guitar will work for your project and more important, your budget. If it does then keep it and make it your own, but be sure to take pics and document, but more important. Share your work and results, either way I'm interested in what you are doing so keep this updated.
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post #10 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-10-2011, 06:39 PM
 
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Re: JEM Project - trying to decide if a resto or customization is worth it?

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give it back, save 300 bucks and get a minty dbk or a old 777DY

Show me where you can get either one of those guitars for $800 bucks..........
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The price you would put into making it right would be rediculous, you could easily get a "good" DBK for the price to fix it up!

Not bagging on ya fwd, but your 2 posts are funny! The only thing he has to do to "make it right" is to just to get a mirrior pick-guard for it. I just dont see were he has to put a lot of money into it for a great Jem at $500, and alot better than the 505.............IMO
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...The only thing he has to do to "make it right" is to just to get a mirrior pick-guard for it. I just dont see were he has to put a lot of money into it for a great Jem at $500, and alot better than the 505...
It's questionable... You can't really tell in the pics but the paint is absolutely horrible

List of what it needs:
Sanding
Paint and clear
Pickguard
Pickguard Screws
1 Nut screw (of the two that go through the neck)
Trem parts that need actual replacement:
- String lock blocks (6)
- Intonation lock screws (6)
- Studs (2)
- Saddle pipes (6)
- a couple fine tuners

2 pickguard screw holes are stripped
2 trem cover screw holes are stripped
1 Strap screw hole was stripped and filled with "something"
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post #13 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-10-2011, 07:34 PM
 
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Re: JEM Project - trying to decide if a resto or customization is worth it?

Well, a refinish could cost up to 250-300, a edge pro cost about 200 and a OE cost around 100. and I see DBKs and DYs that are $800 on here, the bay and CL sorta often, I mean, if you are actively looking for one, about once a month or two you can get a great deal! it just takes patience! Right now the prices on the bay aren't great, but wait for summer! I've seen quite a few at 800, but cant link one right now.
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Re: JEM Project - trying to decide if a resto or customization is worth it?

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It's questionable... You can't really tell in the pics but the paint is absolutely horrible

List of what it needs:
Sanding
Paint and clear
Pickguard
Pickguard Screws
1 Nut screw (of the two that go through the neck)
Trem parts that need actual replacement:
- String lock blocks (6)
- Intonation lock screws (6)
- Studs (2)
- Saddle pipes (6)
- a couple fine tuners

2 pickguard screw holes are stripped
2 trem cover screw holes are stripped
1 Strap screw hole was stripped and filled with "something"

Paint on a DBK? I wouldn't worry about it, the factory paint job isn't something I,d write home about anyway. Stripped screw holes? toothpicks/dowls and wood glue. Trem parts? 50 bucks (for what you wrote down) or a used one from 3-bay and a pickguard. Again, not bad for a great Jem at $500!! just my 2c..........
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post #15 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-10-2011, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: JEM Project - trying to decide if a resto or customization is worth it?

If I went with new parts from Rich the estimate comes to:

Guitar - $500
Sanding - Free
Paint and clear - $250
NOS OE Pickguard - $100
Misc Screws - $15
1 Nut screw - $2
String lock blocks (6) - $30
Intonation lock screws (6) - $12
Studs (2) - $24
Saddle pipes (6) - $18 (not 100% sure on this one)
fine tuners - $12
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Total = $963 + Various Shipping

So, it isn't too bad considering I kind of like the idea of a project. But, I don't really care for the jem7dbk and would probably want to customize it which would probably add the following:
Swirl Paintjob +$200
Pyramid Inlay $200?
Matching Headstock $100?
Evo and Evo2 pickups $150

So, now I'm looking at $1500-1600 and this is my dilemma...
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