Yay, it's here! But first, back a few weeks.
I decided to enter the Jemsite competition mostly because I had some cash laying on my PayPal account, and thought that a 1/25 chance is just good enough to give it a shot. During the couple of weeks of waiting before the winner was decided, I occasionally visited ibanezrules.com and dreamed, thinking I wouldn't win anyway. Now, to be sure, Jems are fine guitars and I would very much like to own one, but over that time I grew more fond of the J-Customs. Jems were just a bit too "Vai" for me (even though he's probably my favourite guitarist), and the J-Customs seemed just a bit more special. Yeah, they're just made to specifications of some Japanese guy and not Steve's, but nonetheless.
I never thought I'd actually win, but once I did, I already pretty much had my sights on the JCRG21B. First of all, I really liked the looks - those natural finishes just do it for me, plus I've grown a bit tired of all the flames and quilts (again, nice looking and everything, but not that much up my alley). It was a neck-through, which I like. The woods were pretty much to my preferences. And it was special - simply rare, and the MIDI and especially the sound cavity make it pretty unique among all Ibanezes. A 7-string fixed bridge would have been nice, and the pickups could have been hotter, but I guess I'll have to leave those for a possible future E-Custom.
Anyway, after a while of bugging Rich with my questions, the guitar was shipped last Friday, and it arrived here in Finland today - Wednesday. Quick! I picked it up at customs, happily payed the taxes, and after work finally got my mitts on it. Anyhoo, enough rambling, pictures!
Here it is. Even the cardboard in which the case was wrapped in was close to immaculate. The thing was in even in perfect tune when I first tried it. All the fuss about that "Rich Harris" setup is definitely not in vain - I didn't think I'd not have to need to tweak the setup on a new guitar, but it'd almost be a crime to mess with this one.
The body is a satin sort of finish, which I've already managed to scratch while playing and anchoring my right hand beneath the pickups. Oh well, there'll probably be more coming anyway...
The headstock is glossy, but there's really no difference lookswise. Also, it's a J-Custom!
Looking a bit disproportionate here.
The fretboard is a nice ebony, blank, which I like. The inlay is a bit confusing, I can't figure out if it's a butterfly or two birds with conjoined beaks and get all dizzy when looking at it.
Some fretwork detail. You can't really discern it from the pictures, but this is by far the nicest finished Ibanez I've seen. Probably the nicest playing as well (although at least partial credit from that has to go to Rich).
Another headstock shot. I just liked this one.
(apparently I can't post more than 7 pictures per post, so to be continued...)