Well, lemme think.....
Back in '89 i was really into the Vai/Satch/Malmsteen guitar thing. Really liked the JEM's i'd seen in magazines but wasn't bombarded with all the advertising in the pre-internet days
Anyway, i found a guitar in a shop i fell in love with, a black Kramer Stagemaster Deluxe I (arch-top) and HAD to have it, so i bought her. Not long after i went to one of the guitar shops in London and saw an FP in the flesh
Pics didn't do it justice, my jaw hit the floor. So i tried it (quietly due to my very limited ability at the time) and thought WOW....so beautiful,amazing,stunning etc etc..... BUT, as i'd only recently bought an expensive guitar i couldn't afford another. (if i'd seen the JEM first i'd probably got that, but i have no regrets.My Kramer is still with me and we have great memories together
). anyway, then came marriage, step-children and zero spare cash
After separating in the late '90's i was into other things music wise (much more metal) but over the last couple of years i've been right back into Satch/Vai/Gilbert, and figured i should try and get a new dream guitar.I love the vwh's, and started to look around shops early this year,and was thinking JEM or JS
, coz i love both.Anyway, got to try a vwh and was CONVINCED I HAD TO HAVE ONE within 3 seconds of playing it
I went to my local shop and they had a dbk,which was nice but not quite as nice. I just mentioned to the guy (who i sorta know a little bit) who saw to me and said "what i really want is one of the white ones". He was looking up prices of what they could do one for but would have to get it in,when another assistant overheard and said "some-one is bringing one in tomorrow in a part exchange" So i left my number and they called me next day to come and look and as soon as i saw her a lifelong love affair was born. Oh boy......my heart melted,my knees went weak,i was nervous and excited.She was AMAZING. She's a 2000 with ebony and lo-pro,but i didn't know all the details coz i didn't find jemsite 'til just after.For a (then) 6 year old guitar she was unbelievable
There were no signs of ANY human contact,not the slightest polish mark,scratchs from picking, anything.So she came home with me that very day after arranging finance coz i didn't have the cash and i couldn't risk losing her
So, i got my JEM not coz Steve plays them but because i totally love the guitars. I one day hope to get my FP one day, but will never get rid of my vwh baby.
Sorry for the long story, but you can't cut corners when it comes to JEMS