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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-10-2007, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
 
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Interested in buying a JEM - Europe

Hi,

I am interested in buying a JEM, but I hear the setup from factory is not good.... That's prolly why many people recommend to buy from Rich (ibanezrules).

Now I want to ask a few :

1. Anyone here ordered from Rich and lives in Europe? (Please answer including a little review of transaction and satisfaction.)

2. Any place in Europe you can recommend to buy from with good setup?

3. Is the setup really so bad and do you really need all that mods?

(Just so you know, I maybe good at playing a guitar, I suck at setting it up. My other guitars were setup by a guy around where I live, but he does only Fenders and Gibsons and refuses to do a JEM...)
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-10-2007, 09:25 AM
 
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Re: Interested in buying a JEM - Europe

I've only heard praise on here for Rich's set ups. I bought my Jem in UK off a website (check sites not sure about Austria but shop prices and net prices you can find a good deal online and save quite a bit). I've kept the factory set up, for me it didnt need tweaking, action was fine and no fret buzz and trem works fine.

Am sure if Rich looked at it he could tweak it better but I think the prestige and j-custom's have a much better quality check up then the Korean ones. my 550 20th again had a good set up that I didn't need to change, again Japanese. Though my 350 I bought needed action sorting as I had fret buzz so this obviously hadn't been tested as much as a MIJ.
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Re: Interested in buying a JEM - Europe

try Cottam Guitars in the UK - he sure knows how to set up a Jem.......

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try Cottam Guitars in the UK - he sure knows how to set up a Jem.......

Max
yeah but hes very expensive
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Re: Interested in buying a JEM - Europe

He's self promoting
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-11-2007, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Interested in buying a JEM - Europe

Thanks for the replies, can anymore ppl comment on how the factory setup is?
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yeah but hes very expensive
from 40 to 60 including strings isn't expensive for a set-up.........!

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Re: Interested in buying a JEM - Europe

I bought a RG 20th from Rich - a very easy transaction and delivery took only about 5 days including a weekend. The total cost including shipping and import duty saved me just under £300

I didn't have a Rich set up done, but the factory setup was ok. I adjusted the intonation, lowered the bridge slightly and removed the nut shims. The neck relief was fine. My only complaint was the fret edges were a little rough.
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Re: Interested in buying a JEM - Europe

Why are you so scared? I think if you play guitar you should know how to do a set up. Its not a secret or a mystery. I bought some Jems here in Europe and the setup they had wasn't so bad. I followed the instructions on Ibanez Rules and believe me its no problem and the advantage is: you'll become acquainted with your axe.
So... no fear...do it!
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^Good advice.
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from 40 to 60 including strings isn't expensive for a set-up.........!

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yeah thats a fair price. sorry max
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-24-2007, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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Why are you so scared? I think if you play guitar you should know how to do a set up. Its not a secret or a mystery. I bought some Jems here in Europe and the setup they had wasn't so bad. I followed the instructions on Ibanez Rules and believe me its no problem and the advantage is: you'll become acquainted with your axe.
So... no fear...do it!
I totally agree. I have a cheap Korean that I use to try stuff and fiddle around with. I am sure that in time I will become OK at setups (and I can setup my RG quite well).
On the other hand if I buy "excalibur" (real JEM) I want it to be setup by a "Jedi Master" not an apprentice like me.

So I will order from Rich shortly (when I get the money selling 2 of my older axes), as I am quite sure it will take me a few more years to come even close to his setups and full rebuild.

So thanks for all the comments folks... I post pics when "excalibur" is in my hands
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Re: Interested in buying a JEM - Europe

I have bought 4 guitars from Rich! A fifth is on its way.
The delivery time to Sweden is 4-5 days.
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