Hi, I'm totally new here and it was great to find a forum devoted to this nice guitar range. I just purchased a second-hand JS
100 last week and I'm blown away by this guitar as it has the most beautiful sound, playability and shape I have ever experienced. I did own a very nice US strat once that was amazing but this JS
would kick it's butt big time.
I would like to know the age of the guitar and I haven't pulled it apart yet (because I can't stop playing it) so is there anyway of telling the age from the serial number etc? Mine has "94" as the last two digits of the serial number so I was wondering if this maybe the year?
I would like to make a few improvements to it though and these are pretty standard from what I have read. I will change the pickups first and while I like satriani's and vai's sound I don't want to clone them but I was thinking about a Dimarzio Fred/Evolution mix or a Fred/PAF PRO. The Fred seems to be a good pickup and I guess it's just working out what I should use in the neck? I like a soulful/warm sound but with the ability to do attacking/growling leads when I want. Some sounds I like just off the top of my head that come to mind are: Gary Moore (Loser), Steve Vai (Liberty) Santana's sound and Satriani's rhythm sound especially. I also like the odd bit of tapping and harmonic work.
I have a Peavy Triumph 6o Tube combo but may buy a Marshal combo in the future.
Maybe some ideas expanding on the pickup selection would help me and I know this topic has been discussed before but I'm planning on ordering the pickups next week and I'm still a bit unsure what to go for?
I will change the tremolo if that causes problems after I pull it apart, refit it with new pickups and set it up but that's another topic that I will look at later.
Thanks in advance for any feedback..