I just noticed (in the OT) that jjemmer777's Jem7brmr with vine is up for best Jem Custom award.
Can't have that going on while it's perfectly obvious that my custom 'flo' runs circles around his 7brmr.
All kidding aside, this is the result of a two year in-between-other-jobs-project and I think it came out nice as an utlime Vai Relic project.
Body: J. Donahue
Neck: RG-5 something
Pickguard I once bought from Glen looong ago.
Fretboard: '59 Brazilian Rosewood
Inlay: Abalone, MOP (photo's can't do this justice, it's absolutely amazing)
Frets: 6105, 21-24 scalloped
Pickups: Dimarzio Evo II, Jem Single, Fernandes Sustainer 401
Other: Thomas Nordegg' own Neon Green Gaffer 'konx' and naming tape,pickholder and other strategically placed pieces of velcro, Backstop, Edding 3000 Waterproof marker 'Flo'
The story behind this thing is that I had some spare parts laying around and I always wanted to do another knock-off/relic type (I also have an Ash Bad Horsie). Since the original Flo is somewhat special to me, I decided to go for that.
Patrick Koopman, a luthier here in Holland did most of the wood work - routing in the cavities for the sustainer, new fretboard, amazing inlay and headstock & paintjob, while I did most of the assembly at this shop. The only thing that I still have to do is put in a real white sustainer driver (which is on it's way now), and replace the one that I painted.
Btw, it plays like a dream and this particular sustainer has a lot of power & reach while being amazingly modest with battery energy.
Enough bs, onto pics: