Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: Would You Relic Your Jem Like 'EVO'?
Fender has had similarly messed up and expensive guitars like the Andy Summers telecaster so there's a market for spot on copies/replicas of the real thing.
For many it's OK to get a simple reissue with older style parts and pickups but putting in the wear and dings takes far too many man hours and the cost is prohibitive to most of us. Getting the wear down to a specific guitar we all know like that one EVO machine leaves very little room for interpretation and it's basically a custom luthier job
For most of us, a limited edition EVO is just too pricey so it's much cheaper to find a used Jem, pull out the tools and DIY. I did a Fernandez butterscotch blonde blackguard to the basic look of Jeff Beck's well worn esquire. I rusted out parts, roughed up body, dry rot begginings on the maple fretboard, and sanded the strat-like contour in front to match. It took forever to get it to there and to get it exactly like Becks would have taken a real professional and thus I understand the high cost of the EVO replicas.