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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-05-2007, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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It's fine, just that the action is too low and the strings catch on the frets. The E string won't sound at all because all it hits is fret. I don't know how to raise the action because the bridge is too low. Or do I have to raise the bridge somehow?

Please help, I need the guitar in working order soon.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-05-2007, 02:07 PM
 
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Re: Need a bit of help with my JEM555

I would recommend you read the tech section on www.ibanezrules.com
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-05-2007, 02:13 PM
 
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Re: Need a bit of help with my JEM555

Sounds like you need a truss rod readjustment. But do read other information on the topic, such as the suggestion above.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-05-2007, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Need a bit of help with my JEM555

I dunno where the Truss rod would be on this guitar, let alone alter it, I'll read the stuff and look on there.
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Re: Need a bit of help with my JEM555

It's next to your tone pot LOL

















































Joking of course...

Well if you don't know where it is, that means you should probably not be touching it either. However, i would suggest your read some tutorials and check over some FAQS before touching the truss rod. Remember, 1/4 turns only. They will make lots of difference. Be sure to slack your strings when your adding or removing tension.

P.S. if you were serious about not knowing where the truss rod is located, it's under the fretboard and inside the neck. It is there to counter the bow that eventually befall all necks. You can access the truss rod by removing the plate on the front of the headstock where the nut is. You're gonna need a proper Allan key for it.


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Re: Need a bit of help with my JEM555

The only way to tell if the truss rod needs adjustment is to check neck relief. If the bridge is too low, just raise the studs on either side until the action is high enough that the strings are not buzzing. Then you'll be able to get your feeler gauges out to measure the neck relief. If the neck has back-bow, loosen the truss rod. If there is too much forward bow, tighten the truss rod. If it does need adjustment, you'll need a 7mm socket that should have come with the guitar when new, not an Allen wrench.

At this stage of the game, if raising the bridge doesn't solve your problem, take your guitar to a trusted tech. While you're there, ask him to show you how to properly make simple adjustments so that your Jem will always be in top form.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-06-2007, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Need a bit of help with my JEM555

I tried adjusting the bridge but it didn't do anything, I think I need to adjust the Truss.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-06-2007, 02:04 PM
 
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Re: Need a bit of help with my JEM555

Well actually you would have been able to see some difference just by taking an allan wrench to your trem posts on either side of the tremolo. When you turn them in a certain direction, they will raise the bridge, which would obviously score you some space on the fretboard, but i agree that before doing that, you should also make sure that your neck is adjusted because the tremolo is probably the last thing you wanna check anyways.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-07-2007, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Need a bit of help with my JEM555

If I **** up my JEM I'll be thoroughly pissed off.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-07-2007, 02:04 PM
 
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Re: Need a bit of help with my JEM555

Can you upload a picture of the tremelo from the side?
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