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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-09-2005, 05:51 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question Opinions please for re-finish of custom jem

Hi Folks,
I've been working on my first jem-type custom. I originally intended to put a mirror front like a BRMR, with a black crackle finish on the back and sides of the body to give a bit of interest. But now that I've sprayed the crackle, I sorta dig the crackle on the front as well.

So I need your opinions as to whether I should leave as is, or go for BRMR mirror. If anyone knows jems its gotta be you people.

Pics below, the black finish looks quite dull as the topcoat was only sprayed today and theres no glossy clear on just yet.

Thanks in advance.




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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-09-2005, 06:30 AM
 
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Re: Opinions please for re-finish of custom jem

The crackle does look cool, however I think the BRMR mirror finish would set off te fretboards inlays!
Cool project! Best of luck either way!
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Re: Opinions please for re-finish of custom jem

I'd say keep the crackle effect. I like it better than the BRMR actually.

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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-09-2005, 07:37 AM
 
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Re: Opinions please for re-finish of custom jem

that neck inlay is beautiful! (don't like the vine on the guard, though)

go with a mirror top, if only because it'll be a challenge that few have taken on.
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Re: Opinions please for re-finish of custom jem

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that neck inlay is beautiful! (don't like the vine on the guard, though)

go with a mirror top, if only because it'll be a challenge that few have taken on.
Got to agree there, I'd go as far as to say that's the nicest vine I've ever laid eyes on.

Where did you get it? or did you make it?
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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-09-2005, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Opinions please for re-finish of custom jem

Yep that inlay really sparkles. It actually has blue leds in there as well (thats what the wires are), and when plugged in it lights up like a christmas tree.

I got it custom made by a guy in the US, see www.christopherwoods.com, for more pics of this neck and some other very cool ones. I asked Chris to make the leaves and stem from "holoflek", which is like holographic paper, makes rainbow colours depending on angle of view. Though it is synthetic material, it is really beautiful.

Thanks for the comments so far guys, not convinced either way yet...
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-09-2005, 08:32 AM
 
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That's a great custom. Congratulations.

How do you find the neck in comparison to real Ibanez necks?
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Re: Opinions please for re-finish of custom jem

Leave it like it is. The mirror top would take away from the vine and look gaudy, like a rapper's gold teeth.
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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-09-2005, 10:31 AM
 
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Re: Opinions please for re-finish of custom jem

Oh my...that is gawgous I like the crackle...the vine is amazing and I love the pickguard too.

LEAVE IT

ps - when you are ready to sell it drop me a PM
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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-09-2005, 10:34 AM
 
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Re: Opinions please for re-finish of custom jem

how much did the neck cost you. I have tried e mailing him with no responce yet. chef21
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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-09-2005, 10:43 AM
 
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Re: Opinions please for re-finish of custom jem

I would keep it the way it is SWEET!!!

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Re: Opinions please for re-finish of custom jem

It looks good to me as well, and that vine is great looking. Did you say you've got LEDs behind the leaves of that vine? That must look insane when it's on! I'd love to see a pic of that.
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Nice job! I like it. I think you should keep the crackle finish. It's different. Looking good, man!
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post #14 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-09-2005, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Opinions please for re-finish of custom jem

Beyblade, the neck is similar in radius and feel to a jem777, very close to my jem777vbk in fact. Obviously I have not set it up and played it yet though, let you know then.

chef21, be patient, I think Chris is in the middle of expanding his workshop and pretty busy. I paid his standard price, I think about $350, don't remember now. Yes, thats not a bad deal!!!

jjemmer777, hahaha, yeh well I'll see how I feel when its done. I already have the feeling tho, that this one being my first custom and very different to others, will be my baby.

After letting the paint cure further overnight, some more fine cracks have developed on the front, its looking better again. Yep, convinced now that I'll leave as is, give the paint some more time to settle down, then start clear coat and assembly. Thanks folks.
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Re: Opinions please for re-finish of custom jem

Cool - good choice! Congratz on that awesome custom. It's one of the nicest I've seen...and lastly.....don't forget me man
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