NGD, Jem77wdp. Thnx Rich!
Just last night I received my Jem77wdp from Rich. Stunning guitar!
Rich spent about an hour with me on the phone going over the details of the guitar I selected. I opted to have the guitar sent as is. Meaning there was to be no additional level of setup or detailing done by Rich. This works for me because I have a strong background in guitar repair and have even built about a dozen acoustic guitars.
Even with an as is guitar I found incredible value in the selection process and scrutiny Rich subjects each guitar to before they enter his inventory. What I received was a guitar that, as agreed, would need a set up and some minor (very minor) attention to detail.
The guitar is amazing. I wanted this because I have a particular interest in a mahogany bodied Jem. I was really on the fence about the open pore finish on these Jems. It's just not my thing. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the open pores are not as eye grabbing as I had feared.
The pickups are still a big question mark for me. Steve says a tight bottom is good, and I agree. Unfortunately I think there may be some cellulite here... I will have a better idea later today. I have only been able to play it through my Roland Cube so far. Later today I will plug in the Marshall DSL40C and get a better idea.
I played for a few hours last night and then this morning I sat down with the Jem and my coffee to go through my morning exercises. I'm really pleased with the feel of this guitar. My typical morning guitar is a Charvel San Dimas. The Jem feels much different but not extraordinarily so. The neck profile feels a bit thinner and the fret board a bit wider; I haven't compared the specs. The knobs on the Jem have to go. They are wood, and very slick. I'm auditioning replacements now. The trem feels different of course. Not better, not worse, just different. It functions well enough and stays in tune quite well.
In the end, I'm well pleased; at least so far. I have owned a couple of 7VWHs in the past and this guitar does not compete on the same level. At half the cost, I didn't expect it to. That said, there is nothing glaring that stands out and screams low cost Indo knock off. My current stable consists of high end Strats, a PRS S2, and the a fore mentioned Charvel. This Jem will sit quite nicely in that mix.