Originally Posted by kingpheeel
Is there anyone here with a Legacy and a JEM who could record a short demo for me with no effects or mixing, just so I can get an idea of how it sounds raw?
Yeah, this guy I know and have a few CD's by recorded a demo that's up on the net somewhere... Pretty solid player. Perhaps you've heard of him, his name is Steve Vai.
As for your situation.... I'd REALLY consider dumping the DNA. Yeah, it's a gorgeous guitar... But you're not going to want to gig on it. Trust me here... Sure, you've heard stories about guys here gigging with their DNA's, and even seen a few pictures. Vaijem777 definately springs to mind. So, you CAN gig with the thing. But ask VJ777 how many times he's done so- last I heard, just once. It's an extravagently expensive, highly collectable guitar, and granted the "Vibe factor" definately influences your playing, but if you want to see what two years of moderate gigging can do to a guitar, drop me an e-mail (address in profile) and I'll show you what the 7620 I got in '01 looks like now. For the last year I've been doing a weekly gig about 5 months out of the year, when I'm in town, and the last 6 months I've been playing pretty often at school, but this is NOT an unusually heavily gigged guitar, and one look and when you think of your DNA looking like this, you'll cringe.
For the price of the DNA, you can probably grab yourself a UV777, two JEM7V's (why not white AND sparkle blue?)and have a decent chunk of cash left over after that.
Regardless, my money would go towards a good amp. Especially at the levels you're going to be playing at with a band, a solid-state amp (which, despite the single tube in the preamp, the VS series effectively is- the distortion channel gets significant transistor assistance- with a single tube, even if it was dedicated solely to the distortion channel, you're just not going to be getting the kind of distortion the VS puts out from the tubes alone, as you could only do a dual cascading gain stage) isn't going to perform nearly as well as a good tube amp. I'd personally recommend something with fairly low wattage- I play a TSL-100 which is COMPLETE overkill for every venue I've ever played in... even in the VPR 25-watt mode, and I've played some fairly large clubs. Check out the legacy if that's your thing, but you might also want to look into a Mesa Nomad-45 head and cab or combo. It's a really impressive amp, for the wattage and price (check out Gresh's thread on it).
And, if you're in great britian, as I think i recall you being, there's always Cornford...