The Sea Foam Green Jem

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The Sea Foam Green Jem

#1 Post by Jeroen » Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:44 pm

Hey all,
I figured it's a bit of time for some guitar porn.
I took some shots of the Sea Foam Jem Steve used during the Evolution Tempo Orchestra tour, the NNO shows, G3 and the SOL tour Europe.

It's a production Jem, but it has been customized a bit:
- Scalloped top 4 frets
- A sustainer installed (and one of the best I've ever heard, the thing is amazing).
- A backstop installed
- A high pass filter installed in the Volume knob (push/pull).
- Thomas has put the pickholder on the headstock and attached the backplate with Velcro. The tissue is to stop the spring noise.

Steve's using it with the newer Carbon trem bar.

Enjoy:

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Re: The Sea Foam Green Jem

#2 Post by kyle am I » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:17 pm

what makes each sustainer vary in sound? Is it the actual driver pickup sound or the entire system. Is it better than say flo or flo III sustainer?

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#3 Post by EyE » Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:46 pm

Nice! Thanks for sharing J!

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Re: The Sea Foam Green Jem

#4 Post by Samuele » Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:45 am

Thanks for sharing, Jeroen!

Steve used that guitar quite a bit last month, especially at the masterclasses.

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Re: The Sea Foam Green Jem

#5 Post by kyle am I » Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:35 pm

hes already scuffed up the back lol. I'm really curious what makes the sustainer sound good.

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Re: The Sea Foam Green Jem

#6 Post by Blake Dunford » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:46 pm

I wish you could buy that sustainer in white.

Were you able to get your hands on a white sustainer Kyle ? I think i read somewhere you bought one for your guitar.

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Re: The Sea Foam Green Jem

#7 Post by Jeries » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:21 pm

forgot Vai getting white sustainers

HOW DOES HE GET THOSE IBANEZ BACKSTOPS!!!!!! i need a few

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Re: The Sea Foam Green Jem

#8 Post by Jeroen » Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:24 am

The back isn't scuffed, it's glue residue from some tape. The sustainer is extremely good, because it will sustain any note on any position, and throw a clear harmonic instantly on any position, including all the way up the high E.
White sustainers were sold for a short while, every now and then one pops up on Ebay. The only other way to get one is to find a complete Fernandes guitar that has one, they were used on their production guitars quite a bit. Obviously, if you're Steve Vai, you can get them from Fernandes, and backstops from Ibanez ;)

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Re: The Sea Foam Green Jem

#9 Post by kyle am I » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:45 am

i wonder if fernandes is would make Steve one in another color, like red or green or something. It would be cool to have a sustainer route in a jem 20th (you probably can't route it normally, it's acrylic, there's probably a way) and put in a sustainer in the bright green, with a pink dummy cover to make it match the other pickups. It probably wouldn't sound too good, the acrylic with the trans jem bridge and the sustainer- probably wouldn't go good together.

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Re: The Sea Foam Green Jem

#10 Post by Jaymz D » Sun Jul 07, 2013 2:29 pm

Thanks for posting this Jeroen! I always love these behind-the-scenes guitar pix!
Do you know what bridge pickup Steve has in this one? thanks!

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Re: The Sea Foam Green Jem

#11 Post by Jeroen » Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:25 am

Yep, same as all other seafoams, Dimarzio Evolution.

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#12 Post by Jeries » Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:04 pm

Jeroen wrote:Yep, same as all other seafoams, Dimarzio Evolution.
I did this on my last guitar/second sustainer guitar

Evolution+Sustainer- really good choice really cool sound great tone

This might be hist first evolution+sustainer but i'm sure he's tried that combo out before 100x

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Re: The Sea Foam Green Jem

#13 Post by Jeroen » Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:12 pm

Flo 3 is Evo + Sustainer. So was flo 2, Xavia, The 90th ann. Jems with Sustainers....

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#14 Post by ocxcxd » Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:38 pm

Jeroen wrote:Flo 3 is Evo + Sustainer. So iwas flo 2, Xavia, The 90th ann. Jems with Sustainers....
Interestingly, FLO III has a pickup with bigger polepieces, like PAF Pro. And not a long time back, you told that FLO III has a PAF Pro in there.

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Re: The Sea Foam Green Jem

#15 Post by Jeroen » Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:01 pm

Hmm, I think you may be right....
it's getting hard to keep up :)

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