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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-28-2017, 06:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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Jem505 to tinker with

Hi all,

I'm awaiting my brand new 505 that I found in a local guitar shop. It was sitting in it's case out back but due to chatting about them it's found a new home.

I've been after a Jem for a few years but some things I didn't like, such as the fretboard. If I'm a Jem owner I want a maple board with no vine, so this is a great starting point for me. So by the end of the week I'll have it. It' s white, brand new but will soon have a new pick guard (either plain black or a patterned black and white) green knobs, pink and green gravity storms and a green truss rod cover.

I'm debating swirling the body at some point. I'm a guitar builder and while I'm comfortable painting bodies, I have never done a swirl, so might leave that for a while, or at least test on one of my bodies first.

Anyway, hello and thoughts welcome, as are any images that might guide me. I'm mostly an N4 player so this will be a bit different!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-28-2017, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Jem505 to tinker with

Well, I just stumbled on the builder app. Great tool! This is what I'm aiming for initially. thoughts?
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ok, I have a question.
My N4 has a bill and becky l500 in the bridge and I like that tone.
I had adone a lot of reading on the gravity storms but, having never heard them in person, do you think they'll be a good fit. I'm after a little versatility but this machine will be aimed at the times when I want to shred. Would evos make more sense?

The more I read the more unsure I get. I like harmonic complexity but with some warmth. I'm just not sure if the GS will retain the clarity I'm after.
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Well I have her and shes on the walk of the studio. No fettling yet other than a fret polish, setup and new nyxls. Its been sitting in its case in a stock room for nearly 8 years but now the tags are off and plays so well!

There was a little buzz around the 17th fret but cured that easily enough.

Here she is!
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congratulations, what a find. Their simplicity, while still maintaining the basic Jem blueprint make them a great guitar to mod.
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Thanks and yes, totally agree.
I can't seem to put it down long enough to do anything with yet! I'm taking that as sign of a good instrument. Event the standard pickups are pretty good, although I will still be grabbing some gravity storms.
So far all I've done is a hot pink cliplock and dropped the single coil level with the plate. One thing that I was finding tough is getting pinched harmonics. They're all there but I'm used to getting below the stings a bit more and that has helped hugely!

A black pickguard has just arrived too but will leave that until the new GS arrive.
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Re: Jem505 to tinker with

I love mine I have the white one as well, threw some Bartolinis in it (like i always do) and it's a fantastic guitar.
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I have to admit: never tried bartolinis but heard good things. Maybe...

Next question. Does the edge suit the addition of a big brass block? My n4 did with an original Floyd.
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The more I play this the less I want to put it down! Although I have done, long enough to make some changes.
Now I have swapped the pick guard and trusted covers for the blakck, changed controls for pink and installed the gravity storm set.
I have to say I'm loving it all except the pink. I was hoping for something a bit brighter, so if you know where I can get some hot pink ones please let me know!

Here she is:
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