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post #1 of 91 (permalink) Old 09-11-2014, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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My very own "Ibanez Jem", Build log

So, here goes nothing. For a few months now, I've been collecting parts for a complete custom build of parts for an Ibanez Jem. Well, maybe not as much a "build" in the true sense of the word, as it's more like an assembly of parts with some painting thrown in.

Parts I went with:
* Ibanez Lo-Pro Edge, Cosmo Black
* Evo pickup set (DP158/159 and ISCV2)
* Pearloid pick guard
* Mint green Volume and Tone (not 100% sure of this yet)
* VLX91- pickup selector/splitter
* Alpha pots
* Gotoh locking tuners, Cosmo Black
* Göldo Back Box, 2 of them

The color I chose, cause I wanted a blue guitar but still a bit close to Mr Vai's axe, is old Fender color Sonic Blue.

Started off with a neck built by Perle Guitars in the US, then went on to order an alder body from him as well as I screwed up trying to "Vai"-ify my old RG321 body.

The wooden parts were quite rough and required some work. For example, there was a crack of about 2 cm next to a knot in the neck which required filling with epoxy, as well as a messy hole for one of the locking-nut screw holes in the back. Fixed this with epoxy as well, not a major deal.
However, I still have not figured out how to fix the sloppy nut slot, and don't really feel like using a half shim for it, so I think I'm just gonna try my best and file the slot flush on both sides.

Here is a picture of the first time I got the body and neck together, and I also tried fitting the Edge Lo-Pro on there with some strings:



Pickups in the pick guard:


And some mock up shots of the thing painted, but nothing attached.







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12:th of September Update


Got some parts today, so here's a few more pictures. For these I brought out my DSLR and shot raw so I could color correct. Hopefully you'll get a better picture of the color/finish I'm going for, but you can also see the flaws in the finish.

Bare in mind, I have not yet layed the finishing color coat on the body, and there is no trace of clear coat on it as well, as I'm still waiting for more spray cans so I can get a better finish inside the input hole as well as clean up the trem route.

Here we go:


It's a blue guitar dammit



Better picture of the pickguard, here with what I think will be the final plastic parts (there is a small chance I will use a tele dome knob for tone pot, but I feel it's a bit Evo wannabe)



My scalloping of the neck (filed through the marker on the bass side, 21 st fret)



(Slighty out of focus) close-up of the incredible neck made by Perle Guitars


Because of a post only allowing 10 pics, the images will unfortunately be posted separately throughout the thread. I'll try and Index the posts in this first post when I'm getting close to finish the thread, but at the moment I'm not really having issues with excessive responses in the thread, so finding my build posts should be easy.

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14:th of September Update

Not much happening now, as I'm waiting for all these parts, as well as the rest of the paint, and then I'm going to sand the body a bit (it's very rough after my initial spray job. Here are some pics:


Low lustre Danish oil attack! Oiling the scalloped frets...


Back of the beast, very rough!


Front of the beast in slightly different light than before.


Messy, and far from finished lions claw.

I've got a long way left until completion I feel, as this is my first "from scratch" build. This is also my first finish job, unless you count a LP refin I'm working on parallel to this build.

I've ordered some more parts, among which some schaller security locks and a blue strap along with it. Stringwise I'll be running 9's on this guitar, as my first string up with 10's felt stiffer than the 11's on my Tele...I went out and got some Elixir Light string, so hopefully I won't have to restring very often.

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Re: My very own "Ibanez Jem", Build log

The masking tape looks Blue and the guitar body looks Sea Foam Green???
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Re: My very own "Ibanez Jem", Build log

Yup. Looks like you are building a Jem 70V? Nice work, btw. I may use your thread as a guide for my own custom JS build. I just couldnt find a place where I can source a nice JS body and a matching 22 fret neck yet.
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Yup. Looks like you are building a Jem 70V? Nice work, btw. I may use your thread as a guide for my own custom JS build. I just couldnt find a place where I can source a nice JS body and a matching 22 fret neck yet.
Why not just buy a beater JS and sand it down?
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I love any type of guitar build thread. Your paint job came out nice, did you do it yourself? But I do have to admit, this is looking like Sea Foam Green JEM70V.
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Cool, thx for the interest guys.



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The masking tape looks Blue and the guitar body looks Sea Foam Green???
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Yup. Looks like you are building a Jem 70V? Nice work, btw. I may use your thread as a guide for my own custom JS build. I just couldnt find a place where I can source a nice JS body and a matching 22 fret neck yet.
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I love any type of guitar build thread. Your paint job came out nice, did you do it yourself? But I do have to admit, this is looking like Sea Foam Green JEM70V.
About the color; I'll try and take better lit pictures, and not use my phone (HTC One) for the rest, but it's definitely NOT Seafoam ;P

Although I like Seafoam, I kinda feel the 70V has it's own thing going, and I'll make mine a one of a kind.
I'm going with a decal from BestDecal with Silver "Ibanez" and a white ribbon-thingy.

I did the paint job myself using spray cans of Nitro, in the picture the finish is very rough with is masked by the bad qualify of the photos.

I'll share with you the mockup I did in PS that should just about sum my build up apart from minor details:

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--- moved to first post for better overview ---

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That's SWEET!
I recently saw Billy Sheehan here with his Sonic Blue Attitude. Awesome color on a guitar!!!
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Re: My very own "Ibanez Jem", Build log

Nice one Pirataz! Yup, it does not look like sea foam now. Keep us posted on the built. Complete noob scalloping? Did you scallop the neck yourself? It looks great.

Sebastian, its hard to find a beater JS over here. I guess owners here hold on to their JSs. :-(
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That's SWEET!
I recently saw Billy Sheehan here with his Sonic Blue Attitude. Awesome color on a guitar!!!
Thank you so much Mike, and Yes Billy's Yamaha is very pretty

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Nice one Pirataz! Yup, it does not look like sea foam now. Keep us posted on the built. Complete noob scalloping? Did you scallop the neck yourself? It looks great.
Very kind of you, but I filed through to the fret marker unfortunately :/


Anyway, more pics and a question:





How can I get the thickness down of the trussrod cover? It's very thick, I think 4-ply if you count the pearl on top. I got this from Perle as well, but with the correct angle of the strings under the retainer bar, they touch the cover.

You can also see the strange inward angle of the nut slot in these pictures, which I have to fix later... *sigh*

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Buy a different truss rod cover off of Ebay.
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Buy a different truss rod cover off of Ebay.
You're so right, I realised this as well. Ebay-seller "swivelelectronics" confirmed they use a thinner material for truss rod covers as compared to their pickguards, but I managed to find a UK seller who stocked genuine 7V/Jem replacement parts and got a real this Ibanez truss rod cover.
I also got a cheap pearl trem cavity cover.

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Will you make me one?! Lol

Beautiful color. I love it.
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I do like the silver claw cavity in your mock up, that sets it apart from JEM70V right there. I always liked the trim color in the cavity vs solid with the body.
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