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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-08-2011, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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why JEM is easier to play then Telecaster.?

hi, u know why i found that playing my JEM is easier than my Fender tele. I mean can play faster n easier bending. I do set up both guitar @ almost same action, same brand of string. Jem even has tremolo bridge, suppose need to bending more right!? They both has same scale lenght which does like gibson. WHY????? is that the radius of the neck is the only reason??
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-08-2011, 08:48 PM
 
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Re: why JEM is easier to play then Telecaster.?

The JEM and Fender both have a 25.5" scale while the Gibson is 24 3/4" scale. I would attribute the easier playability of the JEM to the thinner neck and flatter fretboard radius.
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Re: why JEM is easier to play then Telecaster.?

consider the how the neck is joint to the body (Block vs AANJ) the JEM has a flatter radius, larger frets.

soundwise, totally different.
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Re: why JEM is easier to play then Telecaster.?

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The JEM and Fender both have a 25.5" scale while the Gibson is 24 3/4" scale. I would attribute the easier playability of the JEM to the thinner neck and flatter fretboard radius.
yes, sorry wrong typo. I mean both fender and Jem doesn't like gibson.
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Re: why JEM is easier to play then Telecaster.?

So, if i order a fender neck with flat radius and bigger fret that would has easier playability. Actually, why the bigger fret would has easier playability?
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hi, u know why i found that playing my JEM is easier than my Fender tele.
I'd say your tele needs a professional setup.
A guitar with a bad setup is often harder to play, I think.
Other than that, it's all a matter of personal taste.
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Re: why JEM is easier to play then Telecaster.?

My tele plays just like any of my EBMM BFR's, or any of my Ibanez. They sound different, that's about it. I'd take the tele for a pro setup if I were you too. I'm not sure which tele year etc you have but is the radius on the fretboard any different between the two where you are more comfortable on the jem?
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Re: why JEM is easier to play then Telecaster.?

The Tele will have a slightly narrower neck than a Jem and depending on what model you have, it could have a very round fretboard. The '52 vintage reissue has a 7.25" fretboard radius. Flat radius fretboards are much better for large note bends. The other thing you'll probably notice is that bending the strings is easier on the Jem because the bridge moves when you do it. This decreases the string tension when bending.
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Re: why JEM is easier to play then Telecaster.?

My fender strat is easier to play than my JEMs
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Re: why JEM is easier to play then Telecaster.?

The big frets make a huge difference, as do the amount of strings in the back. I I think eddie van halen liked 2 springs in his kramer, seems way to rubber bandy for me.
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Re: why JEM is easier to play then Telecaster.?

It's really down to body/hand structure and what you are used to. For me, my Ibanez guitars -string spacing and neck thinness - are so perfectly suited to me, that playing my other guitars puts me at a deficit in efficiency. If I wasn't so attached to them from owning them so long, I'd probably clear em all out for more Ibanez!
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Re: why JEM is easier to play then Telecaster.?

Well to me its a matter of physics... easier string bending is cause of the string spacing... the strings closer together means when you start bending you'll grab the adjacent string just that millisec sooner adding the next strings tension just that much sooner. Making it feel like its harder to bend... cause it is. As for the playability... thinner neck allows the fingers that much more range of movement. (Helps get the knuckles on the fretboard side instead of on the corner of the board.

Anyways that's my 2 cents. As for the tremolo... I'm not so sure that's right... I think it'll take the same amount of pressure to raise to a given note with any bridge on any given string. Tremolos would detune as you bend technically making it further for you to have to bend the string to reach a given note.

Well that's my 2 cents. I don't know if its right but whatever.
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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-10-2011, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: why JEM is easier to play then Telecaster.?

thanks all inputs. my tele is 52ri which is 7.25 radius with vintage fret. My Tele n Jem both did a pro setup. I can play faster and easier bend in JEM, that is the truth for me. The only thing comfort me with the fender neck which is the feeling. I can touch the neck surface more when playing since the thin little vintage fret.
one thing that I just want to know, does the neck radius and the frets size affect the tone??
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Re: why JEM is easier to play then Telecaster.?

The JEM is just way more refined and adjustable than a Tele.
The Telecaster is more or less a raw plank of wood with a 2x4 for a neck.
Dont get me wrong I just bought a American Special tele last week.
It has a big maple neck with huge frets and sounds awesome for Blues
or country style. But my JEM is way easier to play, and is still my number 1 guitar. I like having lots of different guitars for variety.
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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-13-2011, 07:06 PM
 
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Re: why JEM is easier to play then Telecaster.?

Ever played one of those tiny litte strats? They bend really easy because the neck is so short. The longer the strings are from the bridge to the nut, the more tension and more tension for bends ect. Also the jem has a floating bridge with springs in the back so when you bend it gives, whereas the tele is a fixed bridge and doesn't give as much, but that contributes the the tele sound.
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