I bought a 555 that was damaged on ebay for around 175 bux.
I knew it was damaged and I figured that I could repair it one way or another and I figured it would be an easy way to get into a Jem cheaply.
So after getting it, I realized how bad the damage was. The trem cavity where the posts insert was completely cracked and unable to be repaired, so I opted to have a new body built by Harper's guitars. Bad Idea I know after the fact. Anyway, after much hassle and time, I got my body and white pearloid pickgaurd from him. at this point, I had enough time to come up with another idea for the guitar, and that would be to make it a more attractive neck by having the vine completed and remove the inlay at the 24th fret that said Steve Vai and replace it with one that read "Olympia" which is my Wife's name. At the time, I had NOONE that could or would do the inlay for me at any price. Finally, I found someone that would take on the project for me.
Jeremy of LGM Guitars
said he would do the job for me since he was just getting his new business going doing guitar mods and repair. So, off the neck went to Canada for a couple weeks. I got the neck back and was anxious to install it on the new body, but of course nothing on the body was right... figures... So here we are today. waiting... again...
During the interim, however, I decided to try out the neck and at least get it mostly set up for when I got the body back. so I bought GKekm's RG520QS body which he had for sale in the ad section and got her rolling. I don't mean for this ti turn into an endorsement plug, but Jeremy did a killer job on the neck and it plays so nicely ! I have pics that I will post of the body before I sent it out to Eddie, I just haven't resized them to be viewable here yet. http://www.geocities.com/itsbam2/dscn0374.jpg
that is the neck on the 520 at this point. you'll hafta cut and paste the link most likely.
Anyway, thats it up to now... more to come later.