...this can't be good...
So...to escape the scorching heat and opressive New Englad humidity this past 4th of July the wife and I headed out to the local highway stretch peppered with retailers, movie theaters and a Guitar Center (Framingham Massachusetts). Since I'd seen something about them having a sale, and me usually being in need of a few fixins', I decided to drop in.
It was a Guitar Center all righty and all the usual antics were amok; RG7420s with neon green pickups for $700, overpriced PRS's and the usual mayhem. I noticed they had a JEM7VWH on the wall so i asked one of the sales guys to haul it down so I could check it out.
The sales guy, straight off the bat, started the schmooze. He told me that the guitar had been set-up yesterday afternoon and someone was going to buy it last night but they just couldn't get the money out of their ATM.
Anyway, the sales guy eventually plodded off after handing me the guitar and I started checking it out. Finish looked good, inlays looked great, action was damned near reasonable. All in all I'd almost say it was a fine example of a Jem.
But when I started to tune the thing I was shocked; the fine tuner for the G string just STOPPED at about half way. This seemed odd. I backed off on it and it was fine. But when I got to a certain point the thing just came to a grinding halt.
After checking it out more closely it looks like they only threaded the fine tuner threads halfway down. I was shocked at this and the sales dude noted my displeasure when he came over. He checked it out and told me this is a common thing....it's not lack of being threaded...it's just stiff from being new. I told him that if it was just being new then why doesn't he try and work the tuner past the stuck position. Rather than put his money where his mouth was he called another sales guy over who immediately agreed with him....although I suspect that the other guy would of agreed that he was Lyndon B Johnson as well if it wold of gotten me to buy the guitar.
This can't be good for Ibanez. That sort of thing is just shoddy quality control. I can stand to have Guitar Center lie to me; they've been doing it for years. but to watch them try and make excuses for a Jem is just painful.