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: