Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Central New York
I used to have a JEM
Until I sent it to get the headstock refinished, the nut crack repaired, and while it was out made the BIG F**KIN MISTAKE to go "ah, well why don't you re-fret it while you're at it" Paid in advance, got it back 3 months, yes THREE MONTHS later. Bolted that puppy back on and not one stinkin fret didn't buzz - unplayable. The frets were everywhere, glue all over everything, and crap under the clearcoat on the board.
I contacted the guy who did it and he wanted me to send it back to be re-done properly. Here's a tip: DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME! I am so pissed off I can't even see straight. And of course, when you give a crap about doing something someone paid for, you don't bother to check it before you ship it back and go to Europe for the summer! I'm in business. I'm not in business, I'm in business, well you get the point. What I got was "send it back to the same dope that messed it up in he first place".
No thanks - send me back my friggin money and I'll have someone who KNOWS what they're doing repair it.
Now It's been with my local guy for the last 10 weeks who is going blind trying to file the frets back, but they keep moving on him when he checks it because someone didn't seat the frets properly. Now the clear is all torn up because of the tape, the frets look so uneven.
Here's another problem - why am I the one chasing everyone to get this done? Not even a "hey did you get that straightened out yet" e-mail. I paid up front and had to chase after him to get an answer like "well I'll compensate you when I get back" - you know what, you've been back for a few weeks and I've heard nothing other than bitching about Jemsite advertising - you know what? Keep the $150 - you apparently need it more than I do. Why am I not getting any business out of Jemsite? Because you can't destroy guitars and get a good reputation doing so, and then acting like you don't care. And the guy actually responsible for this is going to build up his own business? What, the firewood business? Is he gonna charge to render guitars useless? Were did he go, the Fisher-Price school of luthery?
I'm tired of this crap, I'm tired of expecting the right thing to be done and getting the "I don't give a s**t" attitude - like it's my fault.
And here's another thing - can you re-fret a guitar properly with just the neck? Wouldn't you have to tweak it after, and need the rest of the guitar? And if so, wouldn't you know that?
Anyone else have this problem? ANY advice? I have a DSY JEM that I paid $735 for and have $700 into in new everything (pups, guard, hardware, knobs) which I know, I know is not smart to begin with, but if I can't get this thing playing....
I am leaning towards taking this to someone to get it completely re-fretted
- can anyone tell me why this can't be done? I am on track to have the most expensively worthless JEM ever.
What a bunch of crap. Any advice would be appreciated.