I have some kind of a cheap-ass Ibanez Gio, it's called GRX40/IJX40
Everything with it seems to be messed up.
The action right after the nut is about 1mm, but if I raise my strings' height enough to avoid buzzing, the action in the 22 fret (from the fret to the strings) is about 3mm, depends on the string.
Until today I played it this way for a few years
Yesterday I tried my friend's guitar, Cort M600, and it was soooooo easy for me to play. I think if I had his guitar all this time I'd have twice my technique
So I understood something is really messed up with my guitar. I saw this thing called "Neck shim" and tried it.
Now I have my action above the first fist something like 1mm again, and above the 22 fret it's say 2.3-2.5.
I raised the strings all the way up, as far as the bridge allows me. But everything before the 12 fret is super buzzy, and after the 12 fret everything cuts of.
I tried to adjust my truss rod, I have a little relief. I think it's broken BTW, it's very easy to spin and does absolutely nothing, until it reaches one of its motion limits and becomes impossible to move, but doesn't do anything yet.
So the only way for this guitar to work "well" is with a super high action, 3mm and beyond (above the 22 fret), and without a shim. And even this way, the sustain beyond the 14 fret is bad.
Do you have any idea what's messed up here? I planned to get a Norton and an Air norton but now I think I should replace my guitar. If I replace it with something like my friend's Cort I won't have money for pickups, they're very expensive in my country, even if I buy them from the Internet and ship them here.
So what do you think I should do, get a new guitar and have about the same sound which doesn't please me, or can I get my guitar fixed for cheap and buy good pickups?