Look what the big brown truck left at my back door yesterday..
I’ve had my eye on the Jem line for 20 years. I never grabbed one off the wall to try at the guitar shops as I knew I’d have to buy one then.
My gut feeling was correct. This thing feels really nice in your hands. I’m an instant fan of the neck. Love the thin feel. The ebony fret board & inlay looks sweet. You can bend notes damn near to the moon with ease. It’s quite a bit lighter than I expected too.
This one is a 2001. Came out of the box a bit dusty. No scratches at all. Just a very tiny dent inside the monkey grip. Someone must have picked it up with a ring on or something. I took an LED flash light and if you hold it just right you can see very, very faint swirl marks in a couple spots in the finish. From dusting off I suppose. Who studies a guitar this close under a microscope any way. All in all a very nice guitar that I’d rate in “like new “ condition.
Strings were loose for shipping I suppose. A five minute tune up had it playing like a dream. I plugged right into my old 100W Tube Marshall. Left all effects out for testing. Just built in gain and a little reverb. I didn’t even tighten up the lock nuts and it held a tune great after a through test session of string bending and tremolo flexing. This thing has a really nice tone. A really clean sound even with the gain cranked up. The clean channel really shows how bad ass these pickups are. Very cool.
The sustainer will take a day or two to get used to. Need to train both my hands to mute the strings better when playing slower melodies with the volume cranked. Pretty sweet addition though. I wish they would have put a white cover over the circuit board cut out. The black one just over states the cut out in my opinion. I may fix this soon. That install on Jeries, photo in above post, is top notch!
I should have picked one of these up years ago… It’s going to get a good wipe down tonight to get the dang dust off it.
Paid $1,499 + tax and shipping = $1,621. I have been researching these and this seems to be a pretty decent price compared to recent prices I’ve seen. I’ve not ran across any past sells with a sustainer installed so I’m not sure if this hurts or adds to the value of these. They seem to be holding their value quite well. I now see why!