UPS guy arrived last night with a package from jersey, the garden state. Inside was my Ibanez JS1200 with special love from Rich Harris over at ibanezrules.com.
Here are some pics comparing the fret end and nut finishes provided by Rich compared to my other JS
. Both of these guitars came out of the same factory and were initially finished to the same spec. As you can see, Rich does really nice post factory work.
Factory nut finish on my JS1000
Rich Harris finish on the 1200
Factory fret end and fingerboard finish on my JS1000
Rich Harris Finish
The guitar plays amazingly. I've never picked up something that felt like this does. Its tight, yet it plays effortlessly, hard to describe. The pickups in the 1200 are the PAF Joe in the neck and the FRED in the bridge. However, i had Rich put in a Mo Joe in the bridge. The PAF Joe has slightly lower output than the PAF PRO found on the 1000. I like it a lot better than pro. It has a clearer, more bell like tone, really nice.
The Mo Joe is basically a higher output version of FRED. So it retains most of the tonal structure and weird harmonics that define the FRED's tone. I definitely like the Mo Joe over the FRED for the boosted output. Of course the 1200 has the same push/pull coil tap and high pass filter found on the 1000.
At any rate, this guitar is amazing. If anyone is looking for an ibanez, i would definitely advise you buy from Rich. His customer service and craftsmanship are awesome.