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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-02-2010, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Should I consider a JS-100 as a backup for my JS-1000?

My JS-1000 my favorite guitar I've ever touched. Often I use the guitar for its great Jazz tone, when you roll the tone knob down and kick on the Paf Pro. Then you get a fat John McLaughlin tone that's great for Bebop.

But, my music scene is Philadelphia/Camden and stuff has been known to go out the door quite a lot. I am thinking about getting a used JS-100 so I don't have to take the 1000 to every gig, but how much cheaper does the 100 feel/sound? The 1000 just has this resonance to it that makes it feel like its levitating while you play it. I can't expect an exact copy, but would you say the 100 actually feels cheap or does it come close? I might throw in some good pickups if I don't like the stock ones. Any opinions on the stock pickups would be great too!
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-03-2010, 08:25 PM
 
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Re: Should I consider a JS-100 as a backup for my JS-1000?

The Js100 is a very different guitar -- different neck, cheap bridge, cheap pickups. IMHO, the JS100 is too overpriced for what it provides. If inexpensive is the concern, you would do better with a different model that is cheaper and with better hardware. Maybe something like a used S540 with an Edge and decent pickups (but a very different neck shape). I wouldn't rule out a used, player-condition JS1000 as a backup either.

If security is the problem, you need to lock your stuff up, don't leave it unattended, and get some insurance. Getting cheap gear seems like the wrong solution.

That said, if you can find a used JS100 for a good enough price (factoring in the cost of a pickup change), it may be worth going for. Go play one in a store for a while and see whether you would be happy with it or not. It's not a 'bad' guitar if you can get it for the right price.
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Re: Should I consider a JS-100 as a backup for my JS-1000?

IMHO the JS100 is overpriced..you could get a very nice,brand new S420 with the incredible ZR tremolo for a whole lot less than the JS
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-05-2010, 08:38 AM
 
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Re: Should I consider a JS-100 as a backup for my JS-1000?

I found the Fender Standard Strat HSS FR to be really close to my JS (fret radius, neck thickness, frets, etc.)
Used ones can be had for a good price and I found the quality to be outstanding (I have 2, an '01 and an '0. The '08 is stock, while the '01 has an HH pickguard with a Fred (n) and a TZ (b). Both sound really goog to me.

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Re: Should I consider a JS-100 as a backup for my JS-1000?

Id get a hard tail for a backup to your floater. Just my opinion
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Re: Should I consider a JS-100 as a backup for my JS-1000?

I won't say that you shouldn't look at getting a 100 as a backup and a just in case something were to get stolen guitar but I'd recommend playing one before you buy. It's a very different guitar. While I think it's a quality instrument, as the posters are pointing out, there's a lot better value for money out there. When you consider that it's not going to feel like your 1000, it may be worth looking in another direction.
That said, if you can score a used one on the cheap, even a used 1000...you'd probably get even better value for money.
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Re: Should I consider a JS-100 as a backup for my JS-1000?

In a word... No
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-05-2012, 07:46 PM
 
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Re: Should I consider a JS-100 as a backup for my JS-1000?

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In a word... No
I would have to agree, besides the body shape, they are different animals. JS100's are great if you want a cheaper, comfortable, low cost guitar Satriani guitar but if I were a gigging musician I wouldn't want an inferior guitar as a backup.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-05-2012, 09:26 PM
 
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Re: Should I consider a JS-100 as a backup for my JS-1000?

Buy another used JS-1000 or buy something totally different for variety like a Strat Tele or Les Paul or whatever you like??
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Re: Should I consider a JS-100 as a backup for my JS-1000?

Poor little js100's can't get any love on this site.
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Re: Should I consider a JS-100 as a backup for my JS-1000?

Get a used JS1000 and call it a day. 1000's are not rare guitars, so you should be able to find one at a decent price.
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-07-2012, 02:38 PM
 
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Re: Should I consider a JS-100 as a backup for my JS-1000?

Grab a JS1200 and use the 1000 as a backup!
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Re: Should I consider a JS-100 as a backup for my JS-1000?

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Grab a JS1200 and use the 1000 as a backup!
AMEN TO THIS!
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