I just got a custom RG/Jem body from Chris of Mai guitars.
Enjoy the pics! This is one piece light weight swamp ash by the way.
notice the middle part is darker-
No idea why/ I guess this is like near the outer/mid part if you follow
the end grains and the dark part is the inner ring.This is huge tree then!
Could this mean it's more stable? As you get near the core.
LOL don't know much about trees.
Here's one that was tweaked on photoshop
The RG550neck with rosewood fingerboard-flame on!
Nice fit on the pocket-tho I had to tap it towards
the bass side as it's not really straight initially.
Also note the usual sharp edges on the AANJ backside.
You will have to radius it to your own preference.
Also had to do this to achieve this--(next pic)
No gaps on the neck pocket and straight as far as
this mockup is concerned.I used the dots as guide.
you can rarely go wrong using this method.
Ibanez MIJ neck accuracy!
Notice that I used a different post(s) (from Gotoh Floyd)
which has a thinner sleeve.This makes the edge tremolo sit
nearer the pickup which looks correct.I think the gap
between the tremolo's edge and the trem cavity rout
(upside) is too much if I use the standard Edge trem's posts.
Anyways, I hope Chris rectifies this.Maybe add
an extra 2mm of wood towards the trem's plate edge.
This pic shows the jack cavity route-I'm surprised.
It is placed in a wrong location.I don't really mind tho.
It's just that I have 3 rear routed RGs to compare it with.
What is really weird is the location of the jack hole.
--see pic of actual placement and the ideal one.
You may have to be specific on this one with Chris as it is outside CNC work.
I might be wrong on a Jem though.
But it should be the same as any other MIJ RGs.
Well, except for the really obvious misplaced angled jack hole.Take note Chris!
The jack is a good 1/2 inch or so lower than it should.
Not the standard but still works for me.
No problems as long as it works.
I will either modify the jack/cut the extra metal
or get one without the wire holder-
I used proline barrel jack with the short contacts.
Also note that the back plate cavities are much
wider than usual.I may have to cut my own covers.
No problems! I forgive Chris :P
So this is my picture review of this awesome piece of wood
-courtesy of Mai guitars.Overall I'm happy with the body-
generally it needs some tweaking, much sanding and filling
(swamp ash ,remember).
So...Thank you Chris!
If I may add:
I got this for a fairly good price-considering it's one piece swamp ash.
Ibanez don't make them often.Currently,theres 470AH and it's like 2 or 3 pc.
This one is 1 pc swamp ash and made in USA :P--Does that matter anymore?
Contact Chris if you're sick and tired of basswood like
some of us here at jemsite.
Have a nice day! Got to go and rest.