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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-16-2009, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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Taking my JS1000 for a set-up

Hey guys, well i've been away with work for a long time and my JS1000 needs a set up. I left it with a friend who broke a string, he then tried to replace it but had no idea how a floating bridge works. So the guitar has been stringless for about 6months and the bridge has sunk into the body. If i take it in for a basic set up will it all be easily fixed or am i looking at long term damage?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-16-2009, 12:55 PM
 
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Re: Taking my JS1000 for a set-up

Well, I assume you mean the springs in the back of the guitar have pulled the bridge down into the body...so there shouldn't be any damage although the springs might need to stretch back into play a little. They tend to develop a memory of what tension they have after a while.
Other than that, unless there's something else wrong with your guitar, it shouldn't be a problem and a basic set up should do the trick. You might have some neck or fret issues depending on the care you've given, but without seeing the guitar, we've no way to know.
My advise would be to get the set-up done and see if it's possible for you to be present during the process so that you can learn how things work, what adjustments to make, and how to do your own set-ups. This'll save you cash down the road.
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Re: Taking my JS1000 for a set-up

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If i take it in for a basic set up will it all be easily fixed or am i looking at long term damage?

Thanks!
6 months? Probably not.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-20-2010, 05:51 PM
 
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Re: Taking my JS1000 for a set-up

i knew a techie who would always get pissed when a floating bridge would come into his workshop and the bridge had sunk. It wont damage the guitar but after a while the springs will act strangely and if you leave it too long without adjusting those springs then it would become a nightmare later.

Your bridge will never sit flush across the body and using the whammy makes tuning a constant chore.

If that happens just get new springs and hopefully it should all be fine
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-20-2010, 09:50 PM
 
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Re: Taking my JS1000 for a set-up

You might need minor work on the frets since the neck probably back-bowed and fret slots opened up slightly, frets are pressed into a slot no glue or else on these models... but nothing to worry unless the instrument had neck issues to start with.
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You might need minor work on the frets since the neck probably back-bowed and fret slots opened up slightly, frets are pressed into a slot no glue or else on these models... but nothing to worry unless the instrument had neck issues to start with.
If you're going to use that ID then you should be well aware that Ibanez spec calls for all frets to be glued.
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Re: Taking my JS1000 for a set-up

Thanks Rich for the correction

But still, an instrument without string tension for an extended period of time such as 6 months, glued frets or not, if the tension of the truss rod is adjusted as if string tension was still on, should be checked by a pro... but hey it's just my opinion!

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-21-2010, 05:42 PM
 
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Re: Taking my JS1000 for a set-up

my rg770dx sat in a unloving guitar owner's closet with no strings for 5 years.
it was to say the least unloved, but i put some strings on it and freshened it up and i swear its my best playing guitar ever.
it has no skunk stripe and is the thinnest ibanez neck ever.
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Thanks Rich for the correction

But still, an instrument without string tension for an extended period of time such as 6 months, glued frets or not, if the tension of the truss rod is adjusted as if string tension was still on, should be checked by a pro... but hey it's just my opinion!
IMO it's much better to sit in backbow than in relief. I'd put strings on it and dial it in, and seriously doubt there's any issue with it [that wasn't an issue when the strings came off]
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-13-2010, 06:04 PM
 
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Re: Taking my JS1000 for a set-up

Just have Rich fix it

Every guitar I ever got from him and had him setup, played like butter right out of the case - even after multiple string changes and seasons in New England.

Well worth the shipping and setup fee - IMHO

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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-14-2010, 04:09 AM
 
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Re: Taking my JS1000 for a set-up

Dont worry... The JS neck is quite a thick bat so it should be fine..
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-15-2010, 10:46 AM
 
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Re: Taking my JS1000 for a set-up

Not to start into anything with "Luthier" but if it was backbowed THAT severely that frets were coming unglued, then yes, I'd suspect damage. It would have to be quite a backbow. lol

I do neck resets on vintage Martins all day long in my shop. Rarely have I encountered anything bowed that much. Usually when fret ends pop up it's a case of more than just the backbow. Humidity, poor storage, temp changes...all that stuff.

Your guitar should be fine man. In fact now may be the time to consult Rich's setup page and have a go at it yourself for some learning. Save yourself some bucks man and see if you can learn to set up your own guitar. If it gets really outta hand, then maybe see a tech for it. But learning about the mechanics of your guitar will save you money and help you take better care of it man...
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