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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-20-2015, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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hello - Jem 70V, why the bad rep???

Hello all, ive noticed the Jem 70V has a bad rep? Why is this? Some of the complaints im seeing are such minor things that are sorted within a few minutes. Every guitar i have ever bought has needed some adjustment to suit my needs. I would certainly never complain about a guitar for these reasons. Persistent or major issues are fair enough but just take it back to the shop fir them to set it up for you. It took me maybe 30 mins to set the trem to my liking and some adjustment to the intination, since then i have never had to make any further adjustment and i play for hours 6 days a week. I have also juat fitted a fernandes sustainer to mine and WoW it works very well in this guitar

id be interested to hear peoples opinions on this.

Mike
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Hello all, ive noticed the Jem 70V has a bad rep? Why is this? Some of the complaints im seeing are such minor things that are sorted within a few minutes. Every guitar i have ever bought has needed some adjustment to suit my needs. I would certainly never complain about a guitar for these reasons. Persistent or major issues are fair enough but just take it back to the shop fir them to set it up for you. It took me maybe 30 mins to set the trem to my liking and some adjustment to the intination, since then i have never had to make any further adjustment and i play for hours 6 days a week. I have also juat fitted a fernandes sustainer to mine and WoW it works very well in this guitar

id be interested to hear peoples opinions on this.

Mike
It comes from the poor QA in the premium line. Where there are likely to be numerous defects that can't be fixed by turning a few screws. Some are just cosmetic, but others are functional flaws in the build. Like stress cracks in the body, poor fretwork or neck assembly. The only 70V I've seen and played in store, had one of the wood stripes in the neck sticking through.

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RG 2550 w/ evo2 breed neck
SZ520 paf pro neck stock bridge
RG920 Premium
Jem7V-WH
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It comes from the poor QA in the premium line. Where there are likely to be numerous defects that can't be fixed by turning a few screws. Some are just cosmetic, but others are functional flaws in the build. Like stress cracks in the body, poor fretwork or neck assembly. The only 70V I've seen and played in store, had one of the wood stripes in the neck sticking through.
Seems a shame, theres always the odd bad one that slips throu QA ive seen some awful 555s but again theyre sub 1000. I guess the rule is go and play before you buy and make sure your not getting a bad one, mines perfect apart from the finishing in the screw cavities where the neck bolts on are a tiny bit untidy.
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Re: hello - Jem 70V, why the bad rep???

For most people, the problem comes from a multitude of "small" issues on what is, IMO, a very expensive guitar. I understand people getting upset when, having spent that much money, their guitar often needs to be completely dis-assembled and re-fit before it can be a truly great player.

In my experience, there hasn't been a single Premium signature that was "ready to rock" straight from the factory.
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Re: hello - Jem 70V, why the bad rep???

I could mostly overlook the cosmetic faults, but then again they shouldn't be a thing on $1500 product. When you consider a Jem is largely about aesthetics in the first place, thats like a double fail. Whats a shame about the premiums, is that after a while it seems like the good ones are the odd balls. So anyone intent on getting a premium should definitely be doing so in person to touch it and visually inspect it.

I have a pretty decent premium RG920 that seemed perfect but eventually showed to have a single flaw. One of the frets isn't particularly flush so the high E string can actually slip under it on occasion. It's only happened twice in the 2 years I've had the guitar. I also only paid $650 for it.

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