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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-13-2011, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
 
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Removing temolo shims

I love my JS1200 except for one thing...the curvature of the bridge (in order to match the neck radius) screws up my picking, especially when playing fast across strings, because I'm use to a flatter bridge. Has anyone tried removing the tremolo shims to flatten the bridge out? I assume I'd need to raise the tremolo a bit. Any comments or advice are greatly welcomed.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-13-2011, 09:26 AM
 
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Re: Removing temolo shims

Doesnt sound like a bright plan to me.
You'll screw up your action,the 2 middle strings(D-G)will have a much lower action than the 2 outer strings(E-E). I dont think this is what your after.
An even action between all six strings will be made impossible.
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Re: Removing temolo shims

What you mention is what I'm concerned about. I expect that my action isn't going to be consistent and I may get some fret buzz on the higher frets, depending on how I try to compensate by adjusting the action. But I also have a Les Paul with a similar fretboard radius and a flat bridge, and don't have issues with it. What I may do is keep the one shim under the D and G, and remove the others.

If this was the only guitar I played, I'd just try to get use to the curvature of the bridge, but switching between guitars throws me off.
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What you mention is what I'm concerned about. I expect that my action isn't going to be consistent and I may get some fret buzz on the higher frets, depending on how I try to compensate by adjusting the action. But I also have a Les Paul with a similar fretboard radius and a flat bridge, and don't have issues with it. What I may do is keep the one shim under the D and G, and remove the others.

If this was the only guitar I played, I'd just try to get use to the curvature of the bridge, but switching between guitars throws me off.
GET A RG550 IF YOU WANT THAT. A js is modeled after a strat neck and thats why i sold mine. (sucked).
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Re: Removing temolo shims

Sounds like the JS is not the right guitar for you. Trade it for an old radius with a wizard neck. Put the right Dimarzios in it and your set.
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Sounds like the JS is not the right guitar for you. Trade it for an old radius with a wizard neck. Put the right Dimarzios in it and your set.
Radi have ultra necks, not wizard necks. Not quite the same, and still more curvy then a wizard neck.

S540's on the other hand...
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Some 540R LTDs have Wizard necks
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What you mention is what I'm concerned about. I expect that my action isn't going to be consistent and I may get some fret buzz on the higher frets, depending on how I try to compensate by adjusting the action. But I also have a Les Paul with a similar fretboard radius and a flat bridge, and don't have issues with it. What I may do is keep the one shim under the D and G, and remove the others.

If this was the only guitar I played, I'd just try to get use to the curvature of the bridge, but switching between guitars throws me off.
Yeah, you can give it a try and see if it works out for you.
if not you can change it back,simple as that.
An other option would be to reshape the board to a compound radius.
But this would set you back a few bucks also because you would have to refret it.
Or ofcourse as mentioned in previous posts,swap the neck.
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