Well almost done in the pic. It was just awaiting final setup, back covers and truss rod covers when I took this crappy pic with my iphone. Coincidentally I was on sweetwater site today and saw a JTV59US for $4,899.
To get this baby was:
JTV59 donor $1300 from before prices went up.
Warmoth body $1155
Warmoth Neck $708
Custom shop P Rails $380
Labor and set up about $400
duncan triple shots $30
Total was $3,973 or $926 less. Plus I have a LP "copy" body and tyler designed pickups to mess around with.
When JTVs first came out I caught some slack for buying a perfectly good guitar only to rip it's guts out. On the other hand if someone had the bucks for a US model, all was good. . . .lol. If I am spending "big bucks", I would rather get exactly what I want, with neck specs that I love, scale length I prefer etc, and have enough left over to buy a used 69 off ebay! Heck if I sold the "gutless" 59 donor as a LP copy, and got 400- 500 for it I am close to having enough for a 59P goldtop.