Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Bellport Village - LI, NY
I agree. I prefer the older-style Jem necks. Especially for the finish on the backs of them.
As for the set-ups. I usually do something different, anyway, so as long as the guitar isn't warped and everything works-I'm cool with a not-so-great out-of-box set-up.
As a former 5+ year employee of a major music store chain, I've seen some sad stuff, like guys who've been playing longer than I've been alive and don't know what a set-up is or bring their guitars in to be set-up or checked out every several years or so rather than seasonal or (at least) semi-annually as it should be. The bigger corporations are getting lesser-experienced guys that aren't knowledgeable enough to manage and sell the inventory who will accept a smaller paycheck than someone old enough who has much more experience. The result is a lack of awareness and guitars that don't sell quick enough and become neglected.
Then, there's the fact that a large music store will most likely have a stock of guitars on display which is too large for the staff of sales people and the tech(s) to constantly tend to. I was in one of the smaller stores in the chain and I counted 417 guitars on display, once. We had one tech with an occasional assistant and there was only a few of us most of the time in the sales dep't. I know a couple of others and I knew set-ups but quite often, others didn't.
It's a double-edged sword: the smaller stores will usually have higher prices, smaller selction on-hand, but better conditioned merchandise while the bigger stores have lower prices, a bigger selection on-hand, and plenty of merchandise in need of medical attention.