Feast your eyes!!!!!
This was originally going to be a reverse headstock Jem, with fabric covering. But I had the opportunity to buy a swirled body from fellow Jemsiter smc (http://www.jemsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=46372)
. I think that this was swirled by Serratus, and it looks 10x bettter in real life (looks killer in the pics as well). It turns out the the Schaller FR wouldn't fit, so we just ground it down until it did.
It was put together by Steve Wright of PJ's Guitar centre in Portsmouth (UK). Steve has built all my customs with me. His work is really good, his setups are the best I have ever had, and I have had work done by some of the more prestigious shops in the south of England. With 10 guitras, and no skill in setups, they are very important people in my life
. To cap it all they are genuinely nice guys at PJ's. I drive from Southampton (next city to the west) to get all my gear serviced, and I buy almost everything form there.
Body: RG 470??? reswirled by Richard Fay Guitars.
Neck: from an rg470L. Half scalloped, and modded to fit right handed body by Steve.
Bridge: Schaller (heavily modded)
Pickups: Neck=Evo, Single=Evo/Jem single, Bridge = Evo2
Electrics: All dimarzio
Wiring: HSH, Split 5, with both hums coil tapped
Obviously with the first fit being turned round in a few days I had to make do with some odd bits (nobs and black saddle) all of which I will update later when they are in stock.
Playability. Without question it is fantastic. I am already so in love with the half scallop that I am getting another spare neck done the full banana. The only thing I don't like immediately is the control layout, which is the same as very other RG, so not surprising. I will work around it: literally.
Sound: Basically it is just fantastic. I tried it out in the shop through a valve Laney and it rawked (that's right rawk not rock). Artificial harmonics were better than my Les Paul with ZW EMGs.
I did a short a/b test with my Jem (fp stock) through my JMP-1 and it is just more of everything. The dynamics are amazing. adn I am moderately impressed with the Evo single as well.
I will post some more pics, and a better review of the Evo/Evo2 another day