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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-08-2003, 05:34 AM Thread Starter
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Weight differences of JEM's

I've got two JEM's, a BSB and a BFP and BSB weighs considerably less. Is it just the clearcoat and maple fretboard vs. rosewood one that cause such a difference? Obviously BFP has more wood in the neckjoint but that shouldn't affect weight a lot. BSB probably is the lightest JEM? It's one of the lightest solidbody guitars I've ever played (I have never played S-models, RBM's or those weirdo shaped Steinbergers).
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That's really interesting, I've always remarked on how light I've found BSBs to be, so I guess there is something to the idea that the finish must be quite heavy?

Also I think there's probably more wood removed from a front routed guitar like a BSB than from a rear rounted guitar like the BFP to help in the weight difference. I know that my RG 550 with the old neck joint weighs less than my RG770DX with the same woods, and neck joint.

There's also the bit of wood trimmed off from around the AANJ on the BSB too.
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My DBK is alot lighter then my other 3 JEMS.(I think) FP,SK,VWH
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I had a bsb and a bfp at the same time a few months back. I attributed the weight difference to the clearcoat, but jono's point about the front-routed body vs. rear routed seems to make a ton of sense.

Probably the combination of those two things.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-08-2003, 09:30 PM
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Yeah, there's a ton of wood missing in a front route. My UV is light as hell compared to my rear route RG. But the UV has a thicker, fuller sound... go figure... LOL
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