Currently Being ModeratedSep 20, 2011 9:12 PM (in response to FormerLPUser)Re: Did I get a US-made JTV by mistake?
Well done! Looks like you've got yourself a US beta guitar.
With SD's to boot, and true *black* hardware.
You've done well. I hope the person who sold it to you doesn't get in trouble. This is clearly traceable.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 20, 2011 10:02 PM (in response to FormerLPUser)Re: Did I get a US-made JTV by mistake?
I have no idea if they are allowed to sell them, honestly. I guess they are allowed to keep them as "thanks", but not sure if there are any conditions attached regarding selling them.
Neal (MerlinFL) or any of the other beta testers here would know for sure.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 21, 2011 5:58 AM (in response to FormerLPUser)Re: Did I get a US-made JTV by mistake?
definently american... in fact they stopped using the SD pickups in the current american models... they are all JTV "spec'd" now...
looks like you scored BIG....
as far as i know there are no rules on selling beta gear....
but a million ethical concerns...
for instance, no warranty likely... did the internal specs change? may not be the same as the final product.... (the SD pickups are an example... although in this case a nice bonus) if the internal specs are different... a firmware update could hose the whole thing....
personally i hang on to my beta gear because there are always new updates and feedback to be provided....
being able to try updates helps me to support the users here a bit better (which i do because i like to... not paid)
it also allows me a small bit of input with line6 to hopefully make things better for everyone.
having said all that... each beta program is it's own thing... experts are not always beta testers... in fact i don't know of any experts that were on the JTV beta's although most of us would love to...
many of us actually bought jtv's because we like them
blah blah blah... anyway... sounds like an awesome get for you! welcome to the forums!
Currently Being ModeratedSep 22, 2011 6:02 AM (in response to TheRealZap)Re: Did I get a US-made JTV by mistake?
+1 to what Zap-Tastic said..
so long as you got a good deal (on the price) I would say it's worth it... the down sides are lack of warranty of any kind (so repairs would have to be paid for), and a small risk of firmware issues... but in reality by the time hardware has gone through initial design, then alpha testing, the beta hardware is usually the same as production hardware, so I wouldn't worry.
which pickup is in the photo by the way? is that the bridge? it looks like a SD SH-4 to me from the numbers on it, which is the code for a standard spaced SD JB... (i.e. normal spacing not fender/floyd F spaced)... did you happen to take out the other pickup and note what model it was? as I'd like to know which pups were gonna go in there, as obviously they were tested in beta and only changed because the korean made ones aparently sounded good as they were... but those wantint to swap to SDs may like to know which ones you had, as obviously they work...
Well done and thanks for any more info you can give.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 17, 2011 10:18 AM (in response to Rowbi)Re: Did I get a US-made JTV by mistake?
Yes, the bridge pickup is the SH-4, and the one in the neck position is an SH-1N. They sound great. I've had one of each of the Korean models before (59, 69 and 89) and these SD's definitely sound better than the pickups in those did.
I got it for $790 plus shipping, just a little lower than what Sweetwater is charging:
I was the one and only bidder on this on eBay. Everyone had a shot at it but no one else recognized that it was "different" even though the clues were there in the ad.