Well, that very well may have been you. I don't remember many people at the time playing JEMs at gigs.
Yes, I do remember 95YNF. Most famous from those days at that station was the Ron & Ron show. There is a DJ from those days of YNF who is currently at 102.5 here in Tampa. I also remember Morrisound, that place became famous quickly due to the death metal scene at the time.
Sorry to hear about your health condition, hopefully it can improve.
yeah...i loved 95YNF -- Charlie Logan (the DJ you hear during the video introducing us) was a BIG fan of mine -- i sent him my cassette album of Guitar Salad, and he was playing tracks off the album during drive time slots! it's almost unheard of for local music to get played from 4-7 pm...and all the other guys at YNF were great dudes. Russ Albums, Don Capone, Ron & Ron....great time for music.
Morrisound was THE STUFF back then. my rehearsal room (that i had for ten years) was directly across the hall from Morbid Angel, and in the same complex was Iced Earth, Deicide, Crimson Glory, tons of heavy metal death type bands - and Scott Burns was the engineer who totally DEFINED the death metal "sound" -- it was crazy at the time. tons of bands from Sweden/Norway/Finland/South America would come all the way to Tampa to record with Scott at Morrisound.
Sad thing -- 3 months ago, Morrisound was COMPETELY cleaned out -- it was a pro job, had to be at least 10 guys with a truck to steal THAT MUCH gear.....several huge racls of effects, an SSL G series console, basically every bit of gear they had all the way down to the POWER SUPPLIES. case has not been solved, but i would bet my money that stuff is in containers on a ship somewhere heading to eastern europe or south america.....that's not the sort of stuff you pawn for crack, lol.....
JEMs were (and still are) kind of looked down on by a lot of guys. But i had a 5 night a week house gig in college with a variety band that played 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s.....rock, blues, country, funk, disco....you name it.
the JEM is one of the most versatile sounding guitars ever made, and that was one of the first popular H/S/H pickup arrangements -- i could easily go from a chicken pickin country twang song to a 70s rock sound, to 80s metal, whatever i needed.
And i STILL get made fun of on many forums for loving the JEMS as much as I do, and because i still like to play "buttrawk".
lol.......i wrote a book about my crazy life in rock n roll during the 80s and 90s -- you can check it out on amazon.com, it's called "Burned -- Living thru the 80s and 90s as a rock guitarist" -- some wild stuff in that book.
This RG550 just woke up the whole JEM monster in me again. the more i think about it, the less inclined i am to sell it. i have not seen even a beater 550 in any music stores around here used....all i have seen was the reissue....and i hit a LOT of pawn shops in town, and have not seen a 550 in a pawn shop in years.
I may not be able to afford a JEM again......but if i stick some PAF Pros in this guitar, and an HS-3 or Area 61 in the middle (probably white or creme in color, to match the body and stand out against the black pickguard) -- it would be DARN close to a JEM tonally -- and since it's been years since I had a Wizard neck in my hands, i like it a LOT better than i remember. maybe this particular one is a little bit thicker than the other ones I tried. this is a fairly early serial number for 1990, so it's probably closer to parts being made in 89, and assembled and finished in 90......
I can't think of too many other guitars under a grand that i would like as much as this guitar, has jumbo frets, MIJ quality, original Edge trem, and has had 21 years to age and become nicely resonant and "vintage"...lol.
wish i had MORE pics of my old JEMS, but those pics were shot long before digital cameras were around, so i am lucky i even have those