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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-01-2017, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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Mirror JEM Conversion (with LEDs)

Hello all,

About a year ago, a friend of mine began creating a replica of SV's iconic blue-LED ridden 'BO', matching all the details of the prototype guitar to the T. In order to do this, a donor parts guitar was necessary- a beat up DBK was used for neck and parts. The newly repurposing of parts yielded a spare DBK body, which he offered to turn modify into a mirror-top JEM for me. Enthused by the idea, I sent neck/parts/electronics to him and waited as his expert craftsmanship skills turned the body into, basically, a meaner red-LED clad 'BO' clone.

Despite having been a big JEM fan through early and mid-adolescence, I never ended up owning one. I ended up playing many different guitars before settling on my personal instrument of choice, the .strandberg* Boden. Since my time as a frequent contributor to the forum (probably two or three years now) I have been recording my own music, touring, and working with and for some really cool people. In a way, owning this instrument is bit of a send-off to my 14 year old self who only ever wanted a JEM + Legacy amp.

Here is a series of in-sequence shots detailing the process of the build-

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-01-2017, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-01-2017, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-01-2017, 02:05 AM
 
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I'm not going to overreact...but damn! That is incredible! With spare parts no less!
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Wow.... That looks fantastic.. Congrats.
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Wooooooaaaa! That neck is wicked!
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Congrats... highly impressive!!!
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Wow, that's insane. Definitely not what I expected when I clicked on this post!
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That's dope buddy!
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Very cool. 2 different colors as well. I'm in the middle of restoring a floral. Can't wait to post pics of that restoration. I got a long way to go though. Great in-process photos.
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very cool! Great work there.
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That is totally rad my dude! Very nice job!
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Looks fantastic! Really impressive job...congrats
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Very nice man, that's some serious skill!!!
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