Jay Turser JT50 questions

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  1. C.Brimbor

    C.Brimbor New Member

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    I'm GASing for an SG type guitar but dislike the neck dive (and price tag) of a Gibson SG. A friend recommended the Jay Turser JT50 and JT50 custom, but I can't find much information about these guitars online. I hope this almighty forum might be able to answer my questions:
    1. What's the body made of? Jay Turser's website only says the neck is made of maple, but what about the body?
    2. What's the nut width? Does it have the narrow Epiphone width (1 5/8" or ~41mm) or the Gibson width (1 11/16" or 43mm)?
    3. Does it neck dive? I know this one can be subjective, so for an alternative question: How thick is the body? (I believe the thin body (1 3/8" or 35 mm) of a Gibby SG is the main reason behind the neck-heaviness)
    4. What's the neck profile? I've seen people describe it as beefy but not ovechunky. I personally prefer thicker neck than Gibby's slim taper.
    Thanks!
    C.B.
     
  2. DrBGood

    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    Hey, welcome to the SG zoo and try not to feed the wild animals.


    I had a Custom for about 1½ year and loved it.

    Why didn't I keep it ? 2 reasons. First it's a heavy guitar ( I like light guitars). Second, I couldn't get over the fact that both horns are the same lenght. That last one didn't bother me until I got my Vintage G400. Yeah ... I know. But it was one of the nicest playing guitar I've had.

    Fat neck is to die for.
    Fret work is top notch.
    Finish and details are up there with the best ones.
    Pickups are great.

    If you do get one, get the Custom. I can't vouch for the regular JT50. Custom is easy to spot, it has binding on the headstock and gold hardware. Regular JT50 has a funny knob pattern.

    Here's the full report on it: http://www.everythingsg.com/threads/jay-turser-jt-50-custom.26699/
    Since all of the Photobucket images vanished (damn Photobucket), I just uploaded them on the media page. I tried creating a separate album for it, but couldn't find how.

     
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    When they first came out, the JT50 custom was listed as having a Paulownia body. I had the translucent purple one for a while and gave it to my brother.
     
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    Thanks DrBGood! I've seen your original post, which is why I'm here to ask the questions; and I really appreciate that you re-uploaded the pictures. Though I'm not a big fan of gold hardware but I have to say that was a gorgeous guitar.
     
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    Granted paulownia isn't premium tonewood, at least they had the gut to show it back then. Maybe that honesty didn't work well for them, now they just hide it. What a shame.
     
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    Paulownia isn't a bad tonewood. The Chinese have used it for over a thousand years in making their traditional instruments. My ST50 Custom sounded great. But that opens the whole 'is it the tonewood or the pickups?' can of worms debate...

    I too couldn't bond with the symmetrical horns.
     
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    I too get slightly annoyed by the horn shape, guess I have to lower my expectation :facepalm:.
     
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    You don't actually see it when you play. If you store it out of view when not played, it will take longer for it to annoy you enough to want to sell it :rolleyes:.

    My guitars are in full view all the time.

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    OMG there's a non Gibson ish looking guitar gloom despair agony ...
     
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    You really need to try a PRS, before they bring you to the asylum :rofl:
     
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    Second that, I love a PRS- always feels like so much care went into it- the American made ones I mean. Some of the Korean ones aren't so nice.

    Love Teles too, excellent slide guitars IMO- especially the vintage ones.
     
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    But hey, even Muddy had to set his Tele down from time to time to pickup an SG, acoustic or LP.

    P.S. I've played a couple Turser SGs at pawnshop and was very pleased excpet they were way too overpriced. Might as well just get a heavily used Gibson at that point.
     
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    I paid $100 CAD for the above white Custom.
     
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    Thats awesome! The one I saw last was seafoam, and they wanted $470 USD and it was used. I'd pay $120 max for the one i tried but thats it. The price you got it at is a steal!
     
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    I know, that's why I got it. I figured that if I didn't like it it'd be an easy fip, and it was.
     
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    This is a very strange guitar [​IMG]

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    That's a JT50 custom, right? How do you like it? Any neck dive issue?
     
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    Wrong answer ... deleted.
     

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