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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-06-2014, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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JS600 and JS700...a couple of questions

Hello all, like the title says I have a couple of questions about these models.

It stems from the fact that I have one of each, both marked Korea with the Joe Satriani inlay at the 21st fret.

I know that both models have different builds, Japanese and Korean.

1) Build Quality. Is there a huge difference?
2) Pickups? The same on both?
3) Electronics? Same?
4) Wood?
5) Necks?

Anything that makes the Japanese exceedingly better? And worth so much more?

I know, I know....
If I really wanted a Hardtail JS there are much better choices. But I don't have cash for one and really don't see it happening in the near future.
I have tried to find a JS600 from Japan for years....with no luck.

Seeing I have the 2 from Korea, is there an upgrade I can do that is reasonable in cost?
I actually have to redo the JS600, as the person who had it before rewired it and it's not playable in all switch positions. There are some loose wires as well..

I'm really hoping Rich will read this and educate me on these models.
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Re: JS600 and JS700...a couple of questions

JS600s only came from Korea. JS700 came in korean (Joe Satriani inlay) and Japanese (JS Custom) inlay. The difference is only in the the quality level. I believe all pickups and specs are the same. The quality level in korean vs japanese is significant if I can assume it's the same as a JS100 vs a JS1000. I know that the JS100 has a different trem and pickups, but there is a quality level difference and that will be the same as the 700 in korean vs japanese.
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Re: JS600 and JS700...a couple of questions

I had a 700 at one point and put the soap bar sized Dimarzio humbuckers in it. Super Distortion in bridge, the neck was more PAF style. That helped a lot for me. Ultimately I sold mine when I got a JS6. I prefer the feel of the gotoh hardtail to that tune-o-magic style.

Other than that - the necks on my JS1 and JS6 are vastly superior to that 700, at least in my hands. Of course as you noted, those are 3x or 4x the cost of the 700.
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