About a week and a half ago, I managed to snag a JEM77VBK for a song from someone locally. Aside from a few small dings in the body, the thing was virtually unplayed. The owner said he had something like 23 guitars and was selling a bunch off because he simply doesn't play them.
I've also had an RG2005-1 for about a year now and I've always wanted to put a vine neck on it, particularly the 77VBK neck with the black headstock. So with the new guitar in hand, it was time for the switcheroo.
Some pics of the Jem before I tore it down.
You can see the impression in the top of the body and the chip near the binding. There are also a couple of small impressions on the side of the body right there. But other than that this guitar is mint. Hardware is all perfect and the frets had pretty much zero wear.
Now with the necks and hardware switched around.
The previous owner of the RG had pulled the stock swirled pups (I still have them) and put in an Air Norton/HS-3/Tone Zone set out of a J-Custom. I always liked the way the Air Norton sounded, so I ordered another one. Bridge pickup is a FRED, which is one of my favorite pickups. I left the HS-3 alone.
I'm trying to figure out what to make of the Jem's new configuration? A modern DBK? The neck it turns out is from an RG2550E, but it had Rich's full pro setup done to it, so it's super sweet. With the Breeds, claw and grip, it's certainly a much nicer guitar than most RG's you'll find out there.
So what do you think? Is it sacrilege that I took apart a Jem and put its neck on a lowly RG?