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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-21-2015, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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FS: custom Jem GMC swirl project

Hi guys!

For your consideration is this custom built Jem project by SimsCustomShop. Really sorry that I have to part with it but I need money to cover some unforeseen expenses that I have done lately and more of them is just about to come... We're going through really hard times here in Russia. Anyway if you're interested it's yours.


The body and the neck were built by Patrick Sims in February, 2015. He also did the paint job. I have first assembled this guitar a couple of months ago and it's been taken apart several times for some mods until I was quite satisfied with its sound. Last time I had it disassembled for shielding and re-soldering to standard Jem switching system but never finished it.

Judging strictly and honestly, the overall build quality is 7 out of 10, and it's all about work accuracy and nothing that actually impairs playability. The paint work on the body is quite good - there are some imperfections as slight dents in clearcoat, though hardly noticeable. I had some wood work done to set pickups and there's some work to be done to properly install tremolo spring claw (in case your perfectionism is as strong as mine, or you can as well leave it as is). Clear pickguard has got a small crack in it (as pictured). Likewise the neck is just not perfect cosmetically - it's new with zero fretwear and no cracks, but there are some paint flows on headstock edges and smallest unpainted spot at the lower edge, glue leakage on the 17th fret and slightly oversized nut shelf that extends 2mm (0.08in) beyond the nut, though it's not that noticeable with truss rod cover installed. Otherwise the neck feels great and comfortable to play. I finished it with two thin coats of tru-oil.


neck - 3pc maple with ebony fretboard (haven't measured it but feels like Wizard)
body - alder, AANJ
nut - 43mm barless top mount locking nut, Powder Cosmo
bridge - Lo-Pro Edge, Powder Cosmo
neck pickup - DiMarzio Evolution DP158 humbucker F-spaced
middle pickup - DiMarzio ISCV2 Evolution Single Coil
bridge pickup - DiMarzio Evolution DP159 humbucker F-spaced
pickups selector - VLX91 5-way switch

Lo-Pro Edge is aftermarket with some pitting($80) and tuners are new old-stock black Gotoh's($20) off eBay. Pickups are new DiMarzios off eBay($240). All the rest is new Ibanez stock parts I bought from Rich @ Ibanezrules($215 or so). It's also got a custom built tremsetter.

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Price: $750 / EUR660 for the neck and the body (no hardware)
$1100 / EUR970 for the whole project
(won't sell the body and the neck separately unless there are buyers for both)


Will ship worldwide. Approx. shipping cost with EMS to US - $50, to Europe - EUR40.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-28-2015, 01:38 PM
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Re: FS: custom Jem GMC swirl project

Could you ship to UK?
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-28-2015, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Re: FS: custom Jem GMC swirl project

Originally Posted by Mowgli1980 View Post
Could you ship to UK?
Let me know your postcode that I could check it.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-10-2015, 05:38 AM Thread Starter
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Re: FS: custom Jem GMC swirl project


Alright guys, I have meanwhile got all the cavities shielded with graphite and all soldering done and all parts assembled so it's no more a project - it's a nice looking guitar with no noise when you use your distortion. I've drilled new holes to install spring claw properly (and gagged old ones) and also removed that glue leakage from 17th fret.
Last thing to check was how truss rod works - it's been quite a problem since it's not standard Ibanez rod that requires a socket tool wrench but it's fender-style rod and none of Ibanez allen wrench keys fitted it. Actually there wasn't ever a need to adjust it - the neck is striaght as an arrow but first I was curious and second I don't wan't to sell dysfunctional crap. So I bought a full set of hex keys and checked it out. Well I found I couldn't turn it, it's just stuck. Bad thing for me. So next week I plan to take it to luthier to fix it and I'm pretty sure that even in the worst case it wouldn't cost me more than $200.

So I'm offering you this $200 discount to buy the whole thing as is.
Thereby the new price is:

$ 900 / EUR 795 for the entire guitar

$ 50 / EUR 40 disassembled
$75 / EUR 65 in hard case ( additional $ 50 / EUR 40 for hard case)

Will go to eBay after I got truss rod issue fixed.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-10-2015, 07:04 AM
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Re: FS: custom Jem GMC swirl project

Clear your messages I've just sent you a pm
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-10-2015, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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Re: FS: custom Jem GMC swirl project

on hold
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