Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to introduce to you, for the first time, The Power Jem. All rise for the honorable Power Jem!
Ahhh, catch title huh?
So I was thinking. I'd really like one of the old 540Ps, but so very few are on the bay. And the ones that are end up going for alot of money. I really didn't want to spend that much money on it, so I decided to make my own instead.
This is really just an experiment, but will end up being a working prototype. I got some wood - poplar and cedar - cut them into strips and laminated them. I had a friend of mine plane off both sides, but it's pretty much flat at this point, but will definitely need sanding before it can be finished.
I have some RG templates so I used them as my guide. I went online and got a picture of a 540P and a RG and overlaid the two to see the differences. There was some resizing of one, but got the trems lined up and used that to eyeball the curves for the 540P body.
I laid down the lines from the RG templates that I have and then went over them in freehand to draw out the curves for the 540P. I had to add in a Jem handle as well.
I ran out of daylight so this is where I'm at right now. The sides are sanded for the most part, but I need to do some more sanding work on the horns. Tomorrow I'll be routing out all the cavities, and if things go good I'll seal this puppy up and next week I'll be able to paint it.
If you notice on the old 540P it's a different scale than an RG. I'm not doing a 22 fret. This one is going to be a 24 fret, same as an RG, and will accomodate the Edge Pro trem as well as a new Wizard neck.
I'll also be putting a pickguard on it. I'm getting alittle tired of the Ibanez pickguard shape. It's been unchanged for more than 20 years now....it's time for a shape change, so I've designed a new shape. I don't have a pic of it just yet. I'll put one up later on. I don't want anyone stealing my idea.
I could use your help though. The old 540P has the single coil straight/in-line. I'm considering installing at an angle. You can see I've got them both drawn on there. Which do you think I should do?
Also, as I'm going to be working on this tomorrow, what would you have done to this body if it were yours?
So as I said, I could really use some input on this project. Any comments are welcome....especially suggestions.