Looking for feedback and tips on set up after JEM been MIA for few years
I first joined the forum back in 2011 when i got my Vai JEM!
I never really posted much tbh, and after having the guitar for a bit, TLDR had some issue where the guitar ended up sitting in its case for a few years without hardly getting touched or taken out.
I am finally in a position to get back into playing again and am looking forward to it immensely. I took my JEM to the one guitar tech i trust around my neck of the woods (worked for me when i ran a music store for a couple years) and had him do a re string and set up for me.
Sorry for the longevity but i feel i need to provide some background, when i first initially got the JEM i knew another guy that had one who offered to help me set it up, he did so and i was happy with it at first, he ended up bowing the neck ever so slightly and raising the bridge/action a little bit as thats how HE liked it, since he had experience with them at the time i rolled with it and it never bothered me.
NOW after pulling it out and checking it out, i noticed that the action past the 12th fret was a bit higher that most people would like, so had my tech friend do a set up. After getting it back, it was a lot better, but still rather high than what i think it should be.
I had asked if that was as low as it could go and he had indicated that any lower would cause string buzz. I trust him and take his word for it, but i know these guitars were made to be played fast/low action so was surprised to hear that from him all the same. He didnt indicate that the neck had been warped in anyway after sitting so long etc, and it doesnt seem like it is to me either, although it was slightly bowed which he relieved a bit as part of the set up, but its still not completely flat.
I will have to post some pictures when i get home of how it looks currently, still plays smooth as always and such but i dont feel like its set up to its full potential.
I will also do some measurements on string height later tonight and post that as well. So i was curious if a few of you wouldnt mind posting some measurements on your JEM guitars as far as string height goes, and maybe taking a look at some picture that i will post later to see if you have an opinion on if you think the neck may have warped a bit on me or not while it had been in storage, or if i just need to do a bit more fine tuning past what my guitar tech has done already.
I am happy to be playing again and hope to start hitting it pretty hard, but would of course like the guitar i paid so much for to be able to play to its full potential if i can get it that way.
Thanks for reading guys, i will try and be a more active member as i jump back into the swing of things.
Sorry i dont have pictures off the bat