Re: Custom Cosmo-Chrome Jem Jr
I did all modes at home with no help from a Luthier. I did however research this site, youtube, spent hours on Reverb.com, Ebay, and Amazon searching for correct products.
Below is the recipe I followed:
Purchased from Sweetwater.com
Chose Plek option -- this ensured i got perfectly level and polished frets from day one and I did. The guitar actually played and sounded pretty good though it wasn't set up quite right.
Functional Strategy - improve the bridge, and electronics. The pickups / electronics combo is not good. They seem to design bad sound into the cheaper guitars on purpose. In particular the neck pickups are terrible in almost every low cost guitar I have played. They purposely engineer the wrong mids in the neck, which gives it that cheap woody tone, and this guitar was no exception. The middle and bridge pick ups were not horrible but not great either.
All new Dimarzio Evo Chrome pickups used
Replaced electronics with custom 920D Vai setup (I had to keep the original input jack, which actually works great)
Replaced Tremelo with a chrome Original Floyd Rose - I transferred some of the cosmo parts over to the Floyd for cosmo-chrome design
Added FUTone 32mm Brass Tone Block
The original nut stayed but i added chrom parts for cosmo-chrome design
Looks Strategy - The theme is cosmo-chrome, and pearloid
Pearloid Truss cover - the one i got required me to drill one hole
Pearloid pickguard - the one i got fit perfectly
Chrome switch knob
All screws chrome
Other - Faraday Tape
Dimarzio Faraday Tape used to ensure limited interference with all the wireless lighting stuff in my home automation. This worked great. Planning to do to all my guitars now.
I left the cosmo tuning keys unchanged as part of the overall cosmo-chrome theme
Last edited by Knjjem; 03-30-2019 at 03:03 PM.