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post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 06-26-2020, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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So I had been looking into a Jem for some time now, but as a lefty my options were limited to just about a Jr.
So knowing that I wanted to get a deal. 550 for a jr wasn't good enough for me.

I actually won an auction on the bay for a new Jr with case and tools for 450! That's a great deal cause it has a lefty case. Well.. seller told me he wasn't happy with sales price and canceled the listing.

About a month later, another one went up.

All and all, I won the entry bid, so for 550 I walked away with a Swing Wall hanger, 4 sets of strings, a 2 week old Jem Jr, and a wirless input system.


I got the guitar and immediately fell in love with it overall, however, after playing it for a bit I noticed a few things.

It was super light compared to my other indo 450, which is essentially the exact same guitar but with different inlay and an extra hole cut out of it. I'm talking like 2 lbs difference. Wow.

The fret board also has fantastic open grained figuring, almost like it was quarter sawn or an end grain slab.


It's beautiful to look at bit is rough to the touch.
Almost like untreated or unfilled mahogany. It doesn't seem to effect the sound at all, and the extra friction doesn't really transfer to the amp. But boy to I feel it.

So I ended up doing some research, and shouldnt I be lucky to find out this guitar is not mahogany. And is not rosewood.

Turns out the body is made out of the equivalent of southeast Asian plywood, or rather the wood that is normally ground up and turned into plywood. But.. it sounds pretty good so not a big deal.

However the weirdness in the fretboard not being rosewood, is Jatoba!
Research tells me it's a super strong, super resistant, and extremely environmentally resistant red hard wood.

Looks great, sounds great, feels bad.

I was curious if anyone else has experience with Jatoba feeling like this, and if it gets better with ware, or if that's just how it's gana be?

Also, as far as the pickups, I had planned to rip them out and put Duncan invaders, and a Chinese dummy invader in the single coil position like I did for my 450dx.

However, I'm rather impressed with the range of the Quantum pickups this came with, and the Ibanez DL trem was going to be swapped with a ofr I have in a drawer, but it is actually a very good trem for me at the moment. Holds tune perfectly and has about a 2 second chirp when I tap it.
I either got lucky with a super hot set and great quality trem, or they just work really well with my particular guitar.

My only gripe with them at the moment is that the middle pickup just looks off

The A and D poles are pushed way up and then the rest are just flat.
Also, it's a creamy color off white while the N/B are vibrant white.


Is this how they just come on all Jrs?

Last edited by KennyV; 06-29-2020 at 06:53 PM.
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