Re: A new JP EBMM model - fixed bridge neck through anyone?
It's definitely not one piece neck and body, it's a neck through. Plus I don't think there's any binding around the maple. The EB guys on that forum never addressed that. It's a thin maple veneer, not what I'd call a maple top at all. The "binding" everyone thinks they see is probably another piece of regular maple veneer underneath, and it shows through when the maple is cut at an angle. It's a common practice. Ibanez does it on the Sabers with flame/quilt. My guess is that they might sunburst it and hide the maple lines so it looks more like a thick maple top to the naked eye. Which would be ridiculous. It would be a better guitar with a 1/2" maple top to restore some snap lost from the 24 3/4" scale. I'm not a JP enthusiast, but the other EB/MM JP models are cool guitars. This one, to me, is a dud. If they don't sunburst it, the maple "glorified pickguard" looks awkward to me. As a $399 OLP it would be cool. Especially since it's just a veneer anyway. If they don't sunburst it, the maple "glorified pickguard" looks awkward to me. Why accentuate that awkward looking (although functional) elbow cut any more than you have to?