A few years ago I posted a thread at http://www.jemsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10428
(Jesus, my grammar was terrible) and I've just now started playing guitar again. This is my short story:
I looked in the classified ads in the newspaper when I was 14 years old (in 1999 I think) or so and found a guy selling a Jem. I eventually bought it from him and didn't know any better that what I bought was a Jem Jr. and not one of the upper model Jems. Something I noticed was that Jem 555s are supposed to come stock with a pearloid pick guard, but mine came with a flat white pick guard:
I read on the Jem site that prior to 1997, 555s had "Jem Jr." on the headstock, but mine has just Jem so I'm sure it was bought after that:
On the back of the headstock it says Jem 555, the serial number, and Made In Korea of course:
Now, the guy I bought it from told me that he changed the pickups in it, and for what reason I'm not sure (tone I guess,) so these black ones were put into it (I keep the volume knob off since my hand hits it so much
What he didn't tell me was that he had also changed the tremolo out; I found this out because a while after I bought it from that guy, I took it to a music store and wanted to have it fully set up because it was giving me problems. A day or so later after dropping it off, the guitar repairman calls me and says that he has the original tremolo that was on the guitar (literally) because he knows the person I bought it from and asked if I wanted it back on there (I was having problems with the tremolo so that's why I brought it in.)
The original Jem 555s come with a pearloid pick guard (mine is white,) white DiMarzio Evolutions (mine are black and I don't know what brand/model they are,) and a chrome Lo-TRS II tremolo (mine is black and says Ibanez/Lo-TRS, so I think it's a Lo-TRS and not a Lo-TRS II.)
I just thought I'd post this up because I'm not really sure what's going on with my guitar. At the time I bought it, I thought it was a great guitar because I'd only been playing for a couple of years, but I soon found out that it was pretty terrible. I have always had trouble with the tremolo making the guitar get out of tune because when I use it I have to dump it every time I'm done or the tuning will be sharp. I'm not sure if it's the tremolo itself or if it's the poles that the tremelo rests on to float that makes it do that, but either way something needs to be done. The tremolo is very, very stiff and hard to use, and since it kept getting out of tune (even just resting my palm on it would do that) I had a piece of wood put into the back of it so it wouldn't be able to go sharp.
I'll be posting another thread about some of this stuff in the other section so I can see if this guitar is salvageable; it has fretbuzz like you wouldn't believe, the tremolo is terrible in every way as I've said and the tone really sucks.