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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-07-2001, 05:11 AM Thread Starter
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My First JEM - JEM90HAM - Breaking in the beast

Hey all,

It's been a while dreaming but I finally bought a JEM. I picked it up for a good price I think - $3100 Australian dollars ($US1550).
I won't rave about how good it looks and feels but I have a couple of questions on breaking it in and setting up.
The action seems a little bit high - from the 12th fret up this affects playing. I noticed the bridge does not sit level with the body. It sits up about 6-7mm measured from the apex benath the the fine tuners. I read here that the JEM90's locking nut saddle may be overshimmed slightly.
Is this normal? What changes can anyone recommend doing on the guitar to start with?
By the way, how many JEM90's were made all up? I am not planning on locking this up as a collectable at all but would be interested to know.


Ben Carbery
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-07-2001, 08:02 AM
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Congrats on an excellent guitar, Ben.

Most of the questions you asked is answered in the tech pages here. If go through these pages and adjust the bridge accordingly you will most likely get better action. If there's still some problems you can always drop a question in the tech section.

My own '90 did not have an overshimmed nut. I did however need to put in a thin neckshim to get the action low enough.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-07-2001, 11:51 AM
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Congrats on the 90th! When you adjust the action on the bridge make sure you don't forget those locking screws inside the posts. My 7VWH has had the nut shim removed completely. Some Ibanez guitars need the shim, some don't. Watch for buzz if you remove it or replace it with a thinner shim. Good luck. --rvj
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-12-2001, 02:40 PM
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RVJ, good call man! *you also may have to adjust the intonation. *this is kinda hard to do. *by doing this, the guitar will never get out of tune....unless you break a string. *my jem 7dbk was major out of whack right from the factory. *i really had to set it up and now it's totally mint! *i have to do the same for the 90 now. *

RVJ.... what are you up to lately a tape you can send me...would love to hear ya jam.....or are you going to be on my project thing for jems?
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