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I've finally joined the JS family!

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After a significant amount of time spent pondering the purchase, I finally decided to pull the trigger recently on a 2006 JS1200. I played a JS1000 several years ago at a guitar center and really dug the feel of it, but was really wanting a Jem at the time. After buying my 7VSBL, I figured that was enough money spent on guitars for a while and the idea of a JS took a back seat. More recently, my financial situation has improved somewhat and I liked the color of the JS1200 more and more every time I saw it. Since it's essentially functionally identical to the 1000, I decided it was for me, and here we are.

It's dead stock so everyone is already quite familiar with what it looks like, but I know I'll get yelled at if I don't post pics, so here's a couple. Note that you can click them for a slightly larger version, if you'd like.

The feel is just as nice as I recall from my test drive, quite different from my Jem, but it's at least as easy to play. The lack of 23rd and 24th frets used to bug me a little, but I've long since gotten over that, and besides, I have plenty of 24 fret Ibanezes already, all of them RG shapes. This one stands on its own quite nicely as it's so much more distinct from the others than the Jem. On a side note, this is also my first Edge Pro and I have, thus far, noticed no significant functional differences between it and a Lo-Pro. I'm not a major bar abuser, but I indulge in both dives and pull-ups occasionally and it handles both with no trouble and stays perfectly in tune.

I love the electronics on this guitar, the pickups have a wonderful tone that is immediately very Satch-like, particularly the neck. You can tell it's not meant to be a high-output screamer, which again is fine as I have plenty of those. What blows me away is the versatility! Between the coil tap and the high-pass filter, two humbuckers with a three-way toggle switch have never had such a wide range of available tones. Fat, bright, even twangy, this one guitar delivers it all. I couldn't be more pleased with the sound.

Anyway, just thought I'd share, sorry to ramble on like that. :)
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I also, enjoyed the versatility of that particular instrument. In an RG, with the same pickups/wiring configuration/body wood, I can get close to the tones offered, but still....something is missing. Possibly due to the sweet spot for humbucker being placed at the 24th fret's location?

Anyhow, I'm surprised to find that a forum member purchased it. What a small world it is. I'm glad it arrived safely, and that you are happy with it. How was the setup? Also, I noticed there are quite a few...what appears to be pick shavings between the bridge and bridge humbucker. Either I didn't thoroughly clean it prior to shipment as I had assumed, or you've really been shredding some picks with it. In addition, it looks as if there are some swirl marks and a couple, possibly just from sweat and that you didn't give it a thorough cleaning prior to taking the pics, what appears to be scuff marks where you rest your picking hand. I know those marks weren't there prior to shipment. Maybe it's just the reflection of the light? Also, keep in mind, you should wipe down the trem, especially near the low E to keep it from possibly pitting. Ok, enough bickering, it's no longer my guitar. :) Enjoy!

One thing you might take note of, I believe I setup the trem with the spring claw being angled, which from what I have noticed recently...does allow for the trem to stay in near perfect tune regardless of the abuse, but you might think about taking Rich's advice, which I have recently done, and straighten the tremolo spring claw. I've noticed that with the spring claw angled, there is a bit more pressure on the stud near the low E, than with having the trem spring claw straight. Seeming that I've being setting my guitars up with the trem spring angled for quite some time, about 10 years, and although I have not had an issue with it, I'm not really sure if there would be an adverse effect in doing so. I did; however, rip the stud near the high E string out of a RG570 once, but this was partly due to laying the guitar in my lap with the trem bar inserted, sitting on my knee and having accidentally applied to much downward pressure...I believe while reinstalling the springs. Although I don't feel that angling the trem spring claw to be at fault, it quite possibly could have been a contributing factor. Regardless, it's something to make note of.

Again, thanks for the business! I'm glad you are happy with your purchase! Selling that guitar allowed me to purchase a RG7620, something that I have been wanting for quite some time, but never found in stock locally. In addition, thanks for posting the pics, it's like revisiting an old girlfriend. ;)
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