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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-29-2001, 03:35 AM Thread Starter
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JEM90HAM - Do you play yours

When I'm playing my 90HAM the metal plate is immediately full of fingers.
And it's difficult to wipe it off afterwards.
So I'm only playing this axe at home and not at gigs.
I'm using my 7vwh.
And you guys what are you doing?

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-29-2001, 07:43 AM
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I most definately play mine...
But to me it makes playing so very easy, easy to the point that it makes me uncomfortable. The fact is that it's neck is not a traditional jem neck. It feels like a jem neck due to it's width but it's thickness is somewhat thin like that of a wizard neck.
It is for this reason that I seldom play it. But if you wanna know whether I keep it in it's case due to it's collectability....well no.

Due to tarnishing on the pickguard I've decided to buy another custom stainless steel pickguard, like the one on my UV777BK of which I traded the plastic mirror for. Maybe I'll throw in a couple of new pickups, don't like the sound of Evos too much

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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-29-2001, 12:01 PM
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* * * HeII, I had problems playing my Jem7 when I first got it. *But then I realized what the heck else am I going to do with it?
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-30-2001, 08:09 AM
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I play mine all the time. *At first the pick guard smearing/tarnishing bothered me, *but the sound and feel of the guitar easily outweigh a cosmetic concern. *It's a great guitar, *with an exceptional fretboard, *so I say play the thing.

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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-24-2002, 04:23 PM
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I play mine a couple of hours practicaly every single day. And it's starting to show too. Too bad! I bought it because it looks killer, but it SOUNDS even better! If I was into investments, I'ld be a stockbroker. Play it to the max (without abusing it of course)!!
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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-24-2002, 05:35 PM
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I play mine as well, that's what guitars are made for. I even play my guitars that are worth two or three times as much. ;-)

That said, anybody know if the pickguard can be polished out by a pro, since it's metal? Normal polishes don't seem to work by hand.

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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-24-2002, 07:11 PM
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If you had [choose who is the hotest chick for you] in your bed, would you just give her a look and turn the lights off before going to sleep ??? Or would you try to give her the best you can so that she could give you her best in return ?

My 90 is played a lot, with a lot of respect, and she gives me everything I can expect from such a wonderful guitar. And if you have the opportunity to go to Jemfest UK 2002, you'll see that a guitar that is played is a happy guitar (should I say it's the same for girls ? ).

Just a link to show that she's still in perfect shape : 90

Life is too short, just have fun when it comes to you ! (my english is not perfect, but I hope you understand the idea )
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-24-2002, 07:37 PM
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I only look at it most of the time. Sometimes just take it out of the case to gloat that it's still in tune...It's such a damn good axe...
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-25-2002, 12:46 AM
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Just like Eddie says, an excellent way of putting it.

I play my 90th all the time. Too good of a guitar not to.
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-25-2002, 04:57 AM
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I don't own a 90, but I just had to post after reading Eddie's...

Eddie, that is a FANTASTIC post!


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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-25-2002, 01:45 PM
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Eddie: GREAT opener.

I'll agree. This guitar, like all Jems, regardless of it's collectibility, was meant to be played. I like to keep my stuff super-clean, too so I just take extra steps to keep them that way.

I don't own a 90HAM but was curious to know if car wax on the pickguard would help prevent it from tarnishing. You could prevent some pick scratches and fingerprints by applying clear, static-cling plastic around the picking area on the on the pickguard.

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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-25-2002, 05:48 PM
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Thank you all for for the positive feedback !

Now I have to show a perfect 90 at Jemfest UK 2002, or I'll definitely be discredited !

Regardless of all that, I actually believe that a guitar (it's mainly wood, after all) really needs to receive some good vibes to know that she's still alive. I even know some luthier (no, I'm not kidding) who "age" their brand new made guitars / violins in front of speakers just to give them those "life after death" vibes (hum, reminds me of some old Maiden... ).

If you want your guitar to be a part of yourself, how can you keep it in its case ??? Should I mention : Evo, Number one, Blackie, Lucille,Eddie's 5150 Kramer, Angus SG,....

As far as girls are concerned, hmmm........ maybe some good vibes too ?
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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-25-2002, 07:27 PM
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I dont own a jem90 either but if i did, i know i would definately play her!! Especially at gigs - its certainly a guitar that turns heads!!!
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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-26-2002, 01:29 PM
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I play my 90th to death...I LOVE it! I have four Jems and one UV, the 90th being the most recent acquisition. It quickly became my favorite due to its ease of playability. The thinner neck feels awesome and the only Jem that comes close is my DNA. (Which really feels the best of all my guitars) The drawback is now when I play my VWH, it feels like a baseball bat. The only beef I have with the 90th, is the tarnishing pickguard. I bought my 90th second hand from one of Glen's buds. It's in fantastic shape with the exception of the guard and a noisy volume pot. It has this weird half-moon discoloration on the guard extending from the humbuckers, under the single coil. It sorta looks like a smile. My only guess is the former owner rested his fingers on it while playing. Due to my playing style, I'm starting to get discoloration on the upper corner of the guard near the trem.

The 90th is my number one guitar and will continue to be so. Unless of course, I actually start playing the DNA.
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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-27-2002, 06:30 AM
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I play it and it has gotten its share of dinks and blems.
The pickguard is fogging up too but I don't care because she's such a fenomenal player.
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