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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-20-2008, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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My first JEM

So I've been wanting a JEM for as long as I can remember and finally, yesterday, I bought a used 7VWH for 1,050.

Cheap, yea, but not necessarily a great buy. The guitar is structurally sound; neck is straight, no cracks except around the output jack, no major dings in the neck. It is still pretty worn, gold plating is wearing off here and there, especially on the bridge.

The dude I bought it from told me he'd already sold his amp, so I couldn't plug it in. That was very convenient for him since it turns out the bridge pickup is defect. It makes sound, but not the kind you expect coming out of a hot humbucker (I have a Dimarzio Evo in another guitar and I know what it sounds like). Rather, it has a thin, whiny sound with no bottom and no signal to speak of.

I am actually considering just buying a full set of new pickups for it.

Does anyone know if it is possible to get hold of the originals with the gold plated magnets? I'd also like to get hold of new screws to hold the pickups and the pickguard as the ones on the guitar are rusty.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-22-2008, 05:22 AM
 
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You can get the pickups from DiMarzio, but expect to wait for 2-3 months for delivery.
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I'd rewire it before buying new pickups. Might be a dud wire.
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Pictures. Get your tech to look at it it may not be wired right or it may of been switched, but does it have the gold poles? Pictures though man!
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I saw them for sale recently on 3bay with the gold poles. brand new set
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-22-2008, 10:13 PM
 
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http://cgi.****.com/DiMarzio-F-space...d=p3286.c0.m14

I'm sure he has more
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I can personally vouch for BanjoMikez, He is the MAN when it comes to ordering pickups, and hes also mad cool. I have bought numerous pickup sets from him and they have all be perfect, I even had him custom order sets that Dimarzio had to make just for me and got them in a week and a half. But then again, your On The Moon so I don't know if he would ship them to you, due to contractual obligations with DiMarzio I don't think he can go outside the US/Canada. I will not buy brand new pickups from anyone else.
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-28-2008, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks to all of you who responded to the tread. I have finally gotten around to taking pics and resizing them to get them up here.

As you can see, I replaced the fried bridge pickup with a new, stock Evo 159 and the white plastic cover contrasts the faded old ones. I regret not having read all your replies before I hit the **** "buy" button on a set of evo's with black poles. I finally installed the new pickup yesterday and I have to say it sounds great. These pickups are extremely hot and I just love how they feed back even at low volumes. The sustain in this guitar is better than any other guitar I own, although for some reason the old neck 158 pickup seems to give longer sustain/feedback at certain high frets than the new 159 bridge pickup.

The various dings in this guitar are clearly visible in the pictures. I did some rough setup adjustments after I got it; the previous owner had it set up to extremely low action. I raised the action considerably and which to me makes it sound better w/ better sustain, harmonics, etc. It needs slightly more adjustment to make the bridge flow evenly and its intonation is slightly off as well.

Thanks again for your comments guys.
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I just love that aged look

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I am trying to post more pics but the site won't let me...

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You can get the pickups from DiMarzio, but expect to wait for 2-3 months for delivery.
You can get the pickups from me - and expect 2 -3 days delivery...........

Check your wiring - maybe a dodgy switch - not pots as it'd be like that on all pickups......

to me its a simple fix either
1) someones messed with the wiring
2) dodgy switch... dirty(clean it) or defective (replace it)

Its very rare a pickup will break........

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You can get the pickups from me - and expect 2 -3 days delivery...........

Check your wiring - maybe a dodgy switch - not pots as it'd be like that on all pickups......

to me its a simple fix either
1) someones messed with the wiring
2) dodgy switch... dirty(clean it) or defective (replace it)

Its very rare a pickup will break........

Max
I already replaced the broken one with a new, Evolution 159 pickup with black poles. It sounds killer now.

Given the fact that replacing the pickup solved the problem I am inclined to think it was the pickup gone bad rather than faulty wiring. Moreover, the pickup started to feed back uncontrollably (and not in a good way) even at small volumes. This makes me think it has a loose tread.

I would like to have the pickup repaired to restore the guitar to its original setup if possible. Does anyone know if this can be done?
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Who installed the new pickup for you? If it wasn't you then how would you know if it was faulty wiring or not?
dude it was probably faulty wiring(either on the pickup, volume pot, or pickup switch).
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Nice score.
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Who installed the new pickup for you? If it wasn't you then how would you know if it was faulty wiring or not?
dude it was probably faulty wiring(either on the pickup, volume pot, or pickup switch).
I installed it.
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