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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-08-2015, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Jem 505 edge trem hits body when pulling back

A couple of weeks ago I bought a new-old Jem 505 that had been hangning at the back of a music store for years and years. It's my first guitar with a floyd-like trem since I was a teenager and my first ever edge trem. It's a great guitar.

But I have a problem with the trem. I have it set to a string height of a comfortable 1.5mm on the bass side and the same on the treble side, and if I try to pull back on the trem it seems to hit the wood of the "shelf" in the trem route where the studs are placed. I can pull up a little more than a semitone before it something and stops. It's like the trem cavity isnt routed deep enough to allow the trem to move at that string height.

Is this normal? I was under the impression that I would have a lot more wiggle-room with the trem than that.

(the board wont allow me to post a photo or a link to a photo)
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-08-2015, 01:57 PM
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Re: Jem 505 edge trem hits body when pulling back

You'll also never get a perfect fourth of pullup range out of any Ibanez with low action without adding a shim.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-08-2015, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Jem 505 edge trem hits body when pulling back

Thank you! I did read his setup guide but I never throught to read the "clean up a used ibanez" segment. I now have three choices:

1. Shim the neck, which is a shame since the fit is really good
2. Route the cavity deeper and mount the studs deeper
3. Just leave it alone

I think I'll go with #3 for now although #2 seems like a lot of fun to do
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