I aquired my first Jem, a Premium 70v, back in July, saved for months for this thing. I wanted to make a NGD back then but I went forgetting and delaying it ever since...
I must say, after playing a 7V I was impressed with what those folks in Indonesia can do.
It's a great guitar for it's value, and if setup correctly it holds up great.
Of course it's not a Prestige, but it sure is a lot better than that 555 thing!
Funny thing is, the 555 costs as much as this here in Portugal(around 1000€)
Replaced all the hardware in mine with gold one for less than 200$(sold the old one, in the end I spent like 30$)
DiMarzio even sent me the polepieces for 15$.
When replacing the hardware I just noticed one thing: the nut is not MIJ, the original chrome one is a little off the neck in the bass side and has nothing to do with the Gotoh.
The gold one I put in is MIJ Gotoh, so are the tuners, and of course, a Lo Pro(just love the thing).
Got a real dark rosewood fretboard, pics don't do it justice. I've seen lighter ones.
Set it up, put some .10s in and voilá, here she is: http://imageshack.us/a/img585/2573/dsc0002big.jpghttp://imageshack.us/a/img571/9528/dsc0004fv.jpghttp://imageshack.us/a/img641/8387/dsc0010kt.jpghttp://imageshack.us/a/img42/2851/dsc0011us.jpghttp://imageshack.us/a/img259/8854/dsc0007sk.jpghttp://imageshack.us/a/img16/403/dsc0009zu.jpg
Since I was too late to buy my EVO pass here in portugal(it ended one day before I got my paycheck...
) I'm still hoping I can get Steve to sign the backplate...