Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Gainesville, FL
My first Jems will be handmade customs!!
I am getting a mahogany handmade Jem style body from a classified on this site and the seller is doing a few mods to the body before he ships it. It was made for a hard tail Tele style bridge and is being routed for an edge trem and having another humbucker cavaity added. A monkey grip and angled Jem style jack will round out the mods to give me a very uniqe custom Jem. It will have a total of 2 hums and I'm still deciding on what to fill the slots with. I have an Ibanez S2020ax with a TB5 Seymour Duncan that gives an awesome tone in the mahogany body. Just to have something different from that I'm thinking a TB4 for the lead and I'm thinking maybe a pearly gates in the neck and not putting in a mid single pup. There will not be a lions claw under the bridge so I can modify an edge trem for a D-tuna. The neck will be a handmade custom maple w/ ebony and no inlays and only abalone side dots. Eventually I'll goto LGM for a vine or pyramid inlay-haven't decided which, but am leaning towards a pyramid. The body will stay natural - just sealed. The other project is a basswood body that has a AANJ and is a dead on copy of a Jem body. I'm thinking GMC with that one and it will only be a matter of time to get the right hardware, pups, inlay and paint fob for that one. If anybody knows whether an RG 570 neck will work on that body or any AANJ body would be a great help as I am seeking as much info to finish these projects and locate the right parts. It seems buying an RG 570 used and using the neck, pots, wiring, trem and relevant hardware is 1/2 the price of the new stuf if I don't have problems with the fit. I have been dreaming of my own Jem since high school ('87) and will still find a 777VBK, 7DBK and a UV7BK('99-03) to satisfy my Jem hunger! I will post the pics as they are finished.
Music is something bigger and greater than myself and I'm just glad to be a part of it. -TJ
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