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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-19-2012, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
 
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JS100 Questions

Please forgive me if this topic has been beaten to death, but.......
I am looking for a back up guitar to my JS1000. I am thinking about a used JS100 because I can probably pick one up for under $500. If I were to spend the money on a new one, I would simply get another used JS1000 or JS1200.

1. Are the new JS100's made in Indonesia or Korea?

2. Are the Indonesian guitars the same quality as the Korean ones?

3. What is the quality of the JS100?

4. For a back up guitar that would usually only be played if you broke a string, would you get another used JS1000 (or JS1200) or get a used JS100?
Please, no flaming, it's a question about preference and playability, not ego.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-19-2012, 03:11 PM
 
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Re: JS100 Questions

In direct answer to your question, I'd get a used JS1000 or 1200. I've got a JS1200 and have played several JS100's over the years and I've never thought they really compared. The feel is different, the frets are different, the bridge and pickups are inferior and I think the tone suffers. A 100 is an ok/decent guitar and probably isn't too bad as a gigging backup if you only need it to get through a song or two on stage while someone changes the strings/tunes your No. 1. But if you broke a string (I can't say that I ever have on my JS) on your opening song and had to finish the show with just a stock JS100, I'd recommend something else. I'd also stay away from the upgrading route as it'll never be a JS1000/1200 and swapping the trem and pickups, won't change the feel of the neck, etc.
All this said, you might want to consider just getting a decent non-JS guitar to be your backup. You could probably save some money and maybe get a guitar to be an alternative as well as a back-up. I play a few other guitars and while the JS is my favorite, I'm glad I have some different options to work with. If you really want a JS though, save up a little more and get a used JS1000/1200.
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Re: JS100 Questions

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Please forgive me if this topic has been beaten to death, but.......
I am looking for a back up guitar to my JS1000. I am thinking about a used JS100 because I can probably pick one up for under $500. If I were to spend the money on a new one, I would simply get another used JS1000 or JS1200.

1. Are the new JS100's made in Indonesia or Korea?

2. Are the Indonesian guitars the same quality as the Korean ones?

3. What is the quality of the JS100?

4. For a back up guitar that would usually only be played if you broke a string, would you get another used JS1000 (or JS1200) or get a used JS100?
Please, no flaming, it's a question about preference and playability, not ego.
As JS100 would be an excellent back up guitar or dare I say it!! main guitar. For the prices you can snag a JS100 for these days(between $300 and $500 used), then spend extra $400 for upgrades, you're still way under what you'd pay for a excellent used JS1000(most JS1000's in excellent shape will run $1000+).

Figure $200 for a Edge or Lo Pro(both used obviously, but you can find them in pristine condition for that price, I know I have several). And another $150 to $200 for pup's.

As far as necks go, this is where I differ from most. Having owned four JS100's, a JS20S(which I still have) and a JS1000. I can't tell a huge difference between the necks. The JS1000 obviously has different frets but that's where I noticed the differences ended.

Maybe I'm different or not up there with those that can tell the most infinitesimal differences in guitars. But I just don't see/feel the huge difference in a JS1000 and JS100 neck. I've also been playing now 17 years, so I'm no green horn.

The JS100 is like the Jem555. They both get dogged on for being inferior models. But the thing is with a JS100, all it lacks is a good trem and quality pick-ups and it's right back in the hunt with a JS1000.

And for those that think you can't upgrade them and it's not worth it. Here's my JS20S, with recently added Lo Pro Edge. Also has both the coil splitting tone and high pass volume on it as well. I've had Dimarzio pups in it for a long time now:
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-19-2012, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: JS100 Questions

Hey thanks guys!
Either way, I live on an island and will have to pay about $100 for shipping.

I have a PRS CE-24 from the mid 90's that is a very nice guitar, but is nowhere near as nice (or fun) to play as my JS.
I've been unhappy with the CE for a while now, so I've been considering selling it for a while.

I can afford a used 1000 (preferably a 1200) after I sell my PRS, but am wondering if I need 2 expensive guitars.

Smooth55, you have a really great point. I probably should make sure I get a backup that I am willing to play all night. The CE hurts my hand (previous tendinitis issue), so I think that's not my answer.
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Figure $200 for a Edge or Lo Pro(both used obviously, but you can find them in pristine condition for that price, I know I have several). And another $150 to $200 for pup's.
So....will the Edge or Lo Pro fit the route of a Korean JS100?
My neighbor has one that he wants $400 for. It needs a case and a trem arm, but plays almost as nice as my 1000.
I'm thinking about offering him $300 because it's a bit scratched up.

I already have a set of DiMarzios that I can throw in it.

If the Edge or Lo Pro will fit without routing the body, I think I found my backup guitar!
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So....will the Edge or Lo Pro fit the route of a Korean JS100?
My neighbor has one that he wants $400 for. It needs a case and a trem arm, but plays almost as nice as my 1000.
I'm thinking about offering him $300 because it's a bit scratched up.

I already have a set of DiMarzios that I can throw in it.

If the Edge or Lo Pro will fit without routing the body, I think I found my backup guitar!
No you'll have to do a very minimal bit of routing. But I've managed to put an Edge and Lo Pro Edge in both a JS100 and JS20S, with very little routing. In fact the JS100(which had a Lo-TRS II) was the easiest of the two. Required almost no routing. The JS20S needed a bit more with the Lo Pro Edge.

But it's doable and not a tough thing to accomplish.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-21-2012, 03:25 PM
 
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Re: JS100 Questions

I think the JS100's are a GREAT steal....look around you can get them cheap.....I just picked one up for 200cdn with a good case.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-21-2012, 09:53 PM
 
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Re: JS100 Questions

Dont forget the trem studs are crap brass ones and the posts are actually smaller diameter non locking type. The rout for the trem is too close in side clearance.

And the biggie.... The neck rout is 2mm too shallow... Check out my JS build using a JS100 body for all the info.

http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f17/my...ct-104050.html
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-23-2012, 05:40 PM
 
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Re: JS100 Questions

follow sp2333's advice here, i ran into a problem with my crappy brass studs on my indo rg.
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follow sp2333's advice here, i ran into a problem with my crappy brass studs on my indo rg.
Already sold it!
Thanks for the great advice guys. I would rather play something than fight it and try to make it into something it's not.
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