making my own JEM! - well not really...
Whilst I am saving up to buy a JEM, I have a huge urge to make my own as well!
I have a pacifica that would fit the bill nicely.
Strat shape, good neck (only 22 frets tho) w/ rosewood fingerboard (maple neck I think, not sure), HSH config with 5way switch, *tone/vol knobs, natural finish (not sure what wood thou).
I want to strip the varnish off the natural coloured body and paint it something else. *Then replace the p/u's, add a pickguard to it. *Add a monkey grip.
Maybe do somthing with the fretboard inlays, they're only pearloid dots now. *It's got 6 tuners of some type, dunno how to tell if they are good or not, and a 6 screw tremelo bridge that goes out of tune all too often. *If I add a locking nut, will i have to use a floyd rose type trem, so that i can do the fine tuning? *Any other bridges that I can put in , so that the thing stop going out of tune so soon?
What tools will I need to do this job? *Any advice you can give me?