Hey folks! *
Sorry for the delay; I took the day off from the Forum. *Got lots of amp stuff done today, including a new RED faceplate for my Rivera (it looks SO cool!)
Anyway, about the JEM77FP-DN...
Yep- only one made, THAT I KNOW OF (Sit down Glen...)
. *It was done by a Chesbro (or Hoshino) employee, who later sold it before completing it. *No serial numbers, but it was built about 1999/2000.*
The finish is real fabric on the wood that's been cleared over (not very well, I might add). *It's not EXACTLY the same fabric as the FP's, but damn close. *
The body is basswood, cut exactly like a non-AANJ JEM (front and back) but no Lions Claw for the trem. *I have no idea why not. *
The p/u's are DiMarzio's in custom color combos:
-12-string: *Air Classic (B) and Fast Track 2 (N)
- *6 string: PAF Pro (B), HS-3 (M), PAF Pro (N)
The lower neck is setup like an old school FP, and *uses JEM-type switching via the 5-way. *The upper neck I chose the pickups that I thought would work best with a nice meaty 12-string (think: 10's or 11's). *For now, the upper neck has both pickups on- no switching. *
The neck story gets kind of funky. *When I originally purchased this guitar, it came with two real JEM-FP necks- both 6-string with a logo of "Gemini" on each headstock (Get it? *GEM-JEM-ini-twins-twin necks...ugh). *The original owners plan was to do one a hardtail, and one with the trem. Well, I wanted a 12-string up top, so....I did a little fretboard swapping. *I bought an S540-TN 12-string neck and swapped out the fretboards between it and the JEM neck (yes- including the 'overhang'). *Now, I have a 12-string, tilt-back headstocked, FP-inlayed neck. *:-)
The case is actually that of a Danel*ctro DN. *It's the only thing my friends shop had, and for $20 and a little sawing around that top edge, it works just fine. *Don't worry- I won't be flying it anywhere.
The guitar is all wired up (thanks to some help from the crazy-kooky-wiring guys over at DiMarzio) and ready to rock. *You can play either neck alone, or combine them courtesy of the upper 3-way toggle. *I'm getting the nut and bridge cut on the 12-string side very soon (I lost my nut files in one of our moves plus, I don't like doing 12-string nuts. LOL). *After that, the trem will be dropped in, both sides tuned, and ready to rock at Jemfest 2002!
Things That Suck About A Double Neck:
3. *Pricing EIGHTEEN tuners.