Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Manchester, England
Thanks for your advice Steve. *I didn't realise that I could get the hardware brushed. *I really like the look but assumed I'd have to BUY that kind of trem. *Any idea who would do this kind of work on such a fiddly thing as a trem? *My strings seem to last a long time (months and months-but I'm obsessive about wiping and Fast Fretting and I have that new polymer coating that can be applied to strings to protect them!) so I assume my sweat isn't that corrosive (also no holes in my underarms!). Anyway, gold is a noble metal so it's chemically pretty inert. *I assume it's the mallibility of gold that makes it physically wear off any part that's rubbed (wedding rings get very thin after 60 years wear!).
It's funny you should mention the idea that feel and playability are paramount, and aesthetics secondary, in J-customs. *When I was trying to find a good luthier to make me a guitar from scratch (and failed!), I played lots of guitars from about the £800 mark upwards. *In all honesty I found only slight differences in playability between a guitar priced at the lower level, and one at the top end! *It seems that the increase in playability/feel is logarithmic- *the difference between a £200 guitar and a £500 guitar is huge but between an £500 and £800 less, and *£1000 and £1500 it's very small indeed. *What does seem to improve is the aesthetics! *Thus, if I'm paying for a £1000+ guitar I EXPECT it to feel and play really well. *I believe any extra I'm paying is for a beautiful and possibly, unique piece of workmanship. *I'm buying the JCRG5 mainly because I like the look of it and I assume it'll play like a dream! *I hope that's the case.
Anyway, thanks for your advice and any suggestions as to who can sand blast a trem into silky mattness would be appreciated!