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    Default Re: WIth Pickguard or without, need to decide

    Doesn't look anything like that to me, but it's all ice cream. The FGN looks pretty nice, sorry yours isn't working for you, I do understand what you mean about feeling "plasticy", there are a lot of guitars out there today that feel that way to me. I'm not sure where they are made, but they could be built at the Fujigen factory. These are kinda know as SchAndersons, the are built more like the original Schecters were when Tom Anderson was there, which is probably why they aren't available in the US. I have played one, actually owned one of the older ones, that I traded for a RG655 because I was looking for something that played like my old rootbeer JEM, and I was wrong, I see the appeal of the new Prestige Wizard necks, but they are too thin and flat for me now. Turns out that was a mistake but I do like the new truss rod wheel so you don't have to remove the neck to adjust it. I played my old RB JEM for years, see my avatar, unfortunately had to sell it a couple of years ago, but giving giving up on the JEM search, the new ones don't do much for me and the white ones are are too white, and gold, and scream "VAI" just a little too loud. And the old rootbeer ones are either beat to death, or way too much $ if they are in good shape.

    Oh, and yes the pickguard is pearl, it works on more subtle colors, IMHO, but again YMMV.
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    I vote no guard which BTW puts your pole at 50/50 again.

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    Gorgeous axe....hold the plastic please...no to the pick guard....

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    Default Re: WIth Pickguard or without, need to decide

    Actually, black quilt w/o pickguard is an option, just more $ (the Japanese prices are all over the place, above and below list)


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    Default Re: WIth Pickguard or without, need to decide

    So the poll tells me that as a collective, you guys can't decide either LOL!

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    I like it better with a pickguard.
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    I lean toward the version with the pickguard

    But, that trans black without is pretty darn smexy

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    Quote Originally Posted by devastone View Post
    Actually, black quilt w/o pickguard is an option, just more $ (the Japanese prices are all over the place, above and below list)

    it just gets better...that is a killer guitar...only thing don't care for is the floyd rose whale tail thing....
    here is a schaler FR...very clean...
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    Default Re: WIth Pickguard or without, need to decide

    Yes, the guitars look great, hence my indecision.

    And yes, that Schaller(?) trem is clean, but I don't mind the Gotoh Floyd with the whale tail, not to mention the Schaller isn't an option. Guess I'm missing the point of posting that here.

    Is this more to your liking? Wilkinson 300 series trem, but not sure if the fretboard is pau ferro or rosewood, and I'm not dealing with CITES, tried to figure it out for a guitar in the Netherlands and gave up.

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    I think it looks better neekid. Lose the pickguard.

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    Default Re: WIth Pickguard or without, need to decide

    But you say that to all the girls!

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    "Guess I'm missing the point of posting that here."

    if ya picy 'bout da pickguard then the trem look makes a difference as well...whale tail with guard....a cleaner trem without...obviously it is a complex thing deciding on the characteristics of a guitar when you get up in to this level...

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    I say get the one with the black quilt and switch out a paisley pickguard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justFred View Post
    "Guess I'm missing the point of posting that here."

    if ya picy 'bout da pickguard then the trem look makes a difference as well...whale tail with guard....a cleaner trem without...obviously it is a complex thing deciding on the characteristics of a guitar when you get up in to this level...
    Again, the ones posted are actual choices, although FWIW, I don't mind the whale tail, I actually thing the offset mass is a good thing, especially if you flutter (I don't much anymore). The Schaller isn't offered as an option anywhere that I know of. These are the Schecter Japan base models, and are very reasonable, I can get one shipped to the US for less than an MIA Strat. If I was looking at spending $3K+ I would be auditioning some Suhrs, US Schecters, Anderson's, etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chistopher View Post
    I say get the one with the black quilt and switch out a paisley pickguard.
    Our tastes are definitely different, I was thinking a 1 ply black guard.

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    Default Re: WIth Pickguard or without, need to decide

    IMHO-without pickguard for the extra wood, direct mount pickups and much cleaner/cooler/classier look!
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    Quote Originally Posted by devastone View Post
    Yes, the guitars look great, hence my indecision.

    And yes, that Schaller(?) trem is clean, but I don't mind the Gotoh Floyd with the whale tail, not to mention the Schaller isn't an option. Guess I'm missing the point of posting that here.

    Is this more to your liking? Wilkinson 300 series trem, but not sure if the fretboard is pau ferro or rosewood, and I'm not dealing with CITES, tried to figure it out for a guitar in the Netherlands and gave up.

    A bunch of Japanese international market guitar flippers seem to advertise that they got the CITES compliance thing figured out and do the paperwork or whatever, just fyi
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adieu View Post
    A bunch of Japanese international market guitar flippers seem to advertise that they got the CITES compliance thing figured out and do the paperwork or whatever, just fyi
    I prefer maple or ebony anyway, so not really concerned although there is a sweet ESP Mirage in the Netherlands like one I used to own, I would have already bought it but gave up trying to figure it out. From what I understand, I would also need an import license or whatever and that would cost me about $75(?). So if they have figured it out, more power to them.

    Quote Originally Posted by muttznmongrelz View Post
    IMHO-without pickguard for the extra wood, direct mount pickups and much cleaner/cooler/classier look!
    I agree on the more wood and direct mount pickups, although I think the pickguard has a more classy (classic maybe) look. So, I got sidetracked and still haven't ordered one, should probably do that soon. I really like the black with no guard, wish I could get them to come down on price a little, it's $300 more than the blue one.
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    Default Re: WIth Pickguard or without, need to decide

    There goes my vote.. and now the winning team is no-pickguard

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    I’d vote no guard if you like the guitars as is and have no intent of modifying. If you need flexibility to modify then the white guard pool route is the way to go.

    The other consideration, if it were me, is if you’re playing live with it. I prefer lighter colored guitars, pickguards and controls so I can see and change the settings in the dark between the songs.
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