So I'm pretty new here, though I've known of this site a good few years now. I thought that this would be an ideal time to join up and possibly get talking to some people.
Basically...I used to do a Musical instrument making class with a local luthier. This was about 4 years ago, and I was making a Jem style guitar loosely based on a Jem 10th, but with different woods and a few other changes...anyway, for various reasons I had to stop going, which was, ummm...disappointing to say the least.
However I decided a couple of months ago to carry on with it, take it slow, and get it done. Slight problem though; due to moving home 4 or 5 times...all the plans and drawings I had were lost!!
So all I have now is what I can remember of the build, pictures I've been madly searching for recently, a honduras mahogany body cutout (gorgeous wood!!), a 3 piece maple/mahogany neck (which I am not going to use), and...a truss rod.
Not a lot to go on but, I am planning this thing VERY carefully, because well...I'm not daft and I know I'll need plans. Also some help. Eeek!
Differences to actual Jems in how I want it built...well, different wood. I'm using mahogany for the body and probably a laminate of Limba and Koa for the neck. Also, I really don't want to use a bolt on neck, the method I want to use is a deep set neck, that way I can carve the heel down a lot, and also it'll get me closer to the sound I'm after.
Other things are 25" scale length, black pickups and some of the hardware instead of chrome/silver, and probably various other little things like a different tremolo unit...edge ZR is it? I can't remember.
Anyway, I would really appreciate it if anyone would be able to help out with some advice or anything, I'm going to get the design of this down before I start choppety chopping expensive wood!
Anyone here successfully built their own Jem-a-like with any success?
And does anyone have general advice on neck construction, how it affects tone, and installing tremolos into deep set necks...
Ok, REALY sorry for the essay, but any help will be wonderful and very much appreciated.