Possible Jem Project in the future.
Hi everyone, I'm Alex. I'm pretty new to this site and new to the world of guitar building. So here's the story.
For quite a while I've been dreaming about getting and Ibanez S470dxqm in blue. But there was always the problem that I'm used to 24 frets and also the S came with cheap pickups.
I was looking on evilbay and found a guy that sells Jem bodies routed for a Gotoh or edge pro trem as well as the AANJ. They are out of Poplar but he says he can make them out of Basswood, Alder, or Mahogany. Do any of you have suggestions on which woods I should use? (I know Steve uses Alder or basswood mostly but I find that I really like the cleans that mahogany gives). I will be most likely using the Gotoh Floyd Rose which to my understanding has a large mid boost unless someone can tell me something wrong with that.
I'm rather picky when it comes to necks. It's gotta be a wizard neck and it's gotta be unfinished with tung-oil or whatever. I don't want it to feel sticky. I know the Wizard II's are like this but I was wondering about the Wizard prestige's. Are they gloss finished? Sharktooth inlays or vine inlays would be nice but I can't see myself forking out the cash for a Jem neck. I'll settle for dots if I have to.
As already stated, I was looking at the gotohs as well as the edge pros and lo pros. Any suggestions?
I saw a set of 3 dimarzio evolutions which interested me. I really like duncan pickups but it seems harder to find those in trembucker spacing. What I really want is a middle pickup that's low enough to not get in the way of my pick. Any suggestions are welcome and I'd really like to hear some suggestions for the whole HSH setup.
As far as construction, shielding, wiring and such, I have a friend who can teach me all that. Hope to hear from you. Thanks