Legacy One JEM Body review
There has been alot of talk recently about John coming on the scene and the quality of his work. Although I really was anxious to get a body I waited around to make sure that he wasn't a fly by night type vendor due to his previous past on this site. Well needless to say I finally decided to give him a chance based on his enthusiasm, confidence & understanding of the inability to get parts anywhere else.
Before I begin with my review let me say that I do give John props for actually getting into this and recognizing that there is a huge demand for Ibanez bodies and necks. He did deliver when everyone else wouldn't even talk to me. So here goes...
The CNC routes for the pick-ups & trem cavity are very, very nice as is the overall shape of the body. The monkey grip is also very well done. When I compared these features to my Jems (all preAANJ) and newer RG's (AANJ)they all seem to be spot on.
The neck pocket is also undersized which is great beacuse you want to have a nice tight fit at the neck joint.
Now the other stuff...
My first gripe is that there is a pretty substantial amount of filler on one spot that is also on an edge. This spot is about the size of two US 25 cent pieces.
There is also some slight waviness to the underside of the lower horn which will require filler to even out. Again nothing catastrophic but they appear to have been caused by denting, not pulling from the router bits.
My next one is that the volume and tone holes are just slightly out of place enough to be aggravating when using a clear guard. I will fix this myself as I plan to use one.
My biggest gripe is the input jack route. My blind next door neighbor could have done a better job while while taking a break inbetween crystal meth hits. It is out of alignment and the hole is wallerd (SP?) out bad. Either you have the shakes or the machine you put your forsner bit in has worn bearings causing some play. I have already plugged this and plan on redoing it myself this weekend.
The final thing is the two rear neck holes are to deep. No big deal. I can repair this no problem with wood plugs.
I have not checked the trem post routes yet, but I will advise when the inserts arive.
On the customer service I recieved, I'd have to give the communication very poor marks. I expect that John recieves tons of messages everyday from window shoppers, however, after I have paid, I expect answers to my questions, bottom line. I had to really get on him to answer them.
Shipping was advertised as free. I was charged $3.00. I could care less about the money, it just wasn't as advertised.
I just want to give everyone an honest review of the whole process.
Would I buy again? I'd have to see improvements in the aformentioned areas. It's like buying a Vette with a flat tire and a crooked pin stripe at this point, nothing that can't be fixed, I just don't feel like I should have to do anything for the price except sand it and seal it and send it to the paint shop, which I still have to do.
Again I do give John props for jumping in to this business and I am grateful to get a body. Just know that you will have to do some work yourself before your done.