Awesome, I'd love to own one too but the price has gone up a lot in recent years, I almost bought a blue flower pattern one for £800 about 10 years back and these days they sell for closer to £1800, think I missed out. Are you gonna play it regularly or keep it for special occasions?
I am gonna make it into my number one I believe. It is in great shape. The only thing out of order on it was the tremelo bar stud that the trem arm slips down into. It was loose. It has some pencil lead size pings on the side of the neck. I have already steamed those out and it is nice and smooth now.
My les paul wasn't shabby and kind of a rare one too. But I did not play it hardly at all because I wanted to keep it all nice and pristine. I also have a nice fender strat as well. I am on the fence about holding onto it because I am really a one guitar kind of guy.
Sp this is probably going to be my main axe now. I am not one for being careless and such and I tend to take care of stuff pretty good. For over 20 years I gigged with the same les paul I got when I was 18. So I think I am gonna make this Jem here my number one.
I have set it up like I enjoy and I have played it so much these past couple of dasys my fingers are sore!! That has not happened in a very long time.
If there is one thing I can say about it I am not crazy about is the pick up selector configuration. I think I am gonna figure out how to rewire the selector switch for a different combination. It is the middle single coil that has me not so thrilled. By itself it is great but when split with the humbuckers it is not as bright as I would prefer. Although the humbuckers are just fine by them selves.
I thought about finding a stacked humbucker in a single coil size and see what happens with that.
I think it would open up the guitar sounds into something really awesome.
Also I got kind of spoiled with a few guitars that had locking tuners on it. I know it sounds crazy but I am thinking of going to a set of locking tuners to keep from having to wind the pegs up with the string. I am not a fan of the striung eye being on the headstock end.
Other than that the only real issue the guitar has is the back neck plate is all mucked up like the rest of the originals out there. But the back is in as good of condition as the front too.
Over all for the age of this guitar, I would consider it at least a 8.5 out of a 10. Some of you may differ.
It is about as nice of a player grade guitar you can get. And that is what I am gonna do with it as well. Play the heck out of it.
My friend who was the original owner took and babied it as well. He has a ton of guitars too. He was stationed in Hawaii in the Marine Corp. when he ordered it through the music store over there.
He got the phone call when it came in and they opened the box and it was the Blue one instead of this one. He said this is not the jem I ordered. He almost kept the blues one but went ahead and ordered this one. He said he is glad he did.
He had to think on it for 3 days before he made his mind up. We have traded several guitars the past 3 or so years. I met him from a craigslist deal as a matter of fact.
Anyways he is a great fellow and is super nice. A great player too.
I had an Ibanez prestige RG652AHM I purchased new. I sold it after a couple of years and went back to a fixed bridge set up. I got to missing the double locking tremelo and wished I never had sold it.
So I made my mind up to sell the les paul I had and I was just gonna get one of the new white JEM 7 that are made in Japan.
I did not know it but he had been gassing for my les paul ever since I picked it up.
I think it was a great trade for the both of us. I am totally happy with this guitar because it is the Jem I really wanted in the first place.
And every year they seem to be going up in price even more.