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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-11-2014, 06:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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I bought my first Jem ever and here she is the Ibanez Jem70V SFG. It plays, sounds and looks amazing, pictures don't do the colour justice. One of the best guitars I own by far. I added a picture of her with my other two Ibanez guitars. :-D






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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-11-2014, 08:40 AM
 
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Re: NGD: My first Jem!

The high E string seems pretty off in the upper frets isnt it?
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The high E string seems pretty off in the upper frets isnt it?
That is the factory set up, I've yet to set it up to how I like it. :-) But I see what you mean. It's not causing me any problems, the action is great, but once I properly set it up I'm sure it should be fine.
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-11-2014, 09:10 AM
 
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Re: NGD: My first Jem!

Like the Sea Foam Green! Congrats! ^ ^
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Congrats! I like your collection.
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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-11-2014, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: NGD: My first Jem!

Jer3d I love the seafoam green too, it's a beautiful colour. Thank you very much.

Giabrone. Thank you. That's just the Ibanez collection. Lol. But thanks I do love them all. Quite small compared to some of the people on here though. :P
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That is the factory set up, I've yet to set it up to how I like it. :-) But I see what you mean. It's not causing me any problems, the action is great, but once I properly set it up I'm sure it should be fine.
This small headroom for strings is pretty typical of vintage Fenders (see below) but your Ibanez has so much room that you can have a luthier adjust neck so there's more space for high E if you want it. I put an aftermarket tune-o-matic vintage early-60's reissue bridge on my Gibson scaled guitar and the bridge pieces of the six saddles were a tad bit wide so I got the same issue but on both sides. I think it could have been my guitar which was standard/imperial and the aftermarket reissue bridge which was metric or vice versa.

http://www.strat-talk.com/forum/atta...strat-neck.jpg

On a 25.5" inch scale guitar, you can get pretty close to either edge and it still won't affect the playability of the guitar as Leo Fender did just fine through the 50s and 60s with narrow necks. But on a shorter, flatter Gibson scale, 24.75" inch, and the way the guitar plays, it's a little annoying to have both strings come so close to the edges of both sides. The lesser tension of Gibson scale makes the guitar feel a little weird and the slightly wider spacing of each string at the bridge made me miss strings at first until I got used to it. What's odd is that the post holes of the reissue tune-o-matic bridge fit right in with no issue, but the manufacturer did their own thing with how the saddles sat in the bridge which you can't do anything about.

Anyway, if you keep the Jem the way it is, or center the neck better, you will still get used to just how that particular guitar plays and won't notice any issues once your muscle memory marries the guitar's geometry. If you went backstage and played Steve's own Jems, you may not like them since every guitar player has a very personal way they set up their guitars.

What I do on Fenders with a round 7.25" inch radius is to set the high and low E strings a little higher than the rest instead of following the curve of the radius perfectly. I like how the guitar plays and sounds better this way but some guitarists hate the hard feel of the guitar. But I like a little resistance, especially on both E strings, and it helps make a percussive sound in the way I play so to each their own.

Anyway, your guitar looks great and enjoy!
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My congratulations!!!

Always liked Sea Foam Green color!)
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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-11-2014, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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63Blazer. Thank you for the advice, yeah I don't see it as too much of a problem tbh but I always give my guitars a set up when I buy them, I've had no issues with it all, plays better than any guitar I've owned. I understand where you are coming from though, everyone has their own preferred set up which others won't like, so like you said I may not like what Steve's own preference is either, but who knows. Lol. Thank you very much.

Bomanav. Thank you very much. Yeah it's a stunning colour and I highly recommend the guitar. It plays like a dream.
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The high E string seems pretty off in the upper frets isnt it?
Way to poop on someone's parade!!

Happy NGD Vai2k!! I hope to have an SFG myself someday. I think they're a great buy for someone that want's a true JEM and has the time to set them up right.
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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-20-2014, 07:35 PM
 
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Re: NGD: My first Jem!

Congrats on the guitar! As others have pointed out, it looks like you have a bit of a neck alignment issue. Not an uncommon problem and luckily, not a difficult fix.
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Yeah man congrats!!!

All you have to do is pop 2 of the springs to slacken the strings a bit, loosen all 4 of the neck bolts just enough so you can pull the headstock towards the bass side until the string spacing on the outside of the neck is the same. Tighten the bolts, pop the springs back in and you should be good to go...
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The high E string seems pretty off in the upper frets isnt it?
First thing that jumped into my eyes... I understand the guy is happy, but man, that neck looks very misaligned.
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It plays, sounds and looks amazing, pictures don't do the colour justice.
Whenever I go to a Guitar Center, there's somebody trying one out!
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post #15 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-25-2014, 11:20 PM
 
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Re: NGD: My first Jem!

damn! looks great
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