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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-07-2017, 08:35 AM Thread Starter
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Hello, I have a problem while adjusting the action of the Edge Pro on my jem. Yes it's a 2004 and came stock with the Edge Pro.

I bougth the guitar a year ago used and came with this problem. It was setup with a really low action and without buzzing or problems but the trem didn't work right and I discovered why yesterday.

I can't have a low or medium action without having interferences, the flat part under the bridge touch the wood in the edge of the cavity when I use the whamy bar to raise the pitch. I mean I can't barely raise it! And the action is high! Lot higher than the rest of my guitars, its almost unplayable.
You can see the photos where the interference happens and the wood is worn.
What can I do?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-07-2017, 08:39 AM
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Re: Jem 7v sbl Edge Pro cavity interference problem

There are no pictures, but you probably need to shim neck and change neck to body angle.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-07-2017, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I have been reading a little about how to shim a neck... I have never do it. Should I use cardboard or wood? I'm thinking of a cardboard piece in the first two screws.
But I prefer any other solution if possible...

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Re: Jem 7v sbl Edge Pro cavity interference problem

Not really another solution, the angle of the neck to the body has to change. I just bought a used RG655 with the original Edge and I'm going to have to do the same to it to get more travel in the trem.

FWIW, I wouldn't use cardboard, I prefer to use metal shims, wood is good too. It doesn't take a lot to change the angle. Stew Mac makes angled shims just for this, although you would need to get a blank and cut it yourself. Thinking about trying these myself but I'll probably just use some of the metal shim stock I have.

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Re: Jem 7v sbl Edge Pro cavity interference problem

A piece of business card folded in half or thirds should do the trick. Most of the golden age guitars from back in the day had Ibanez labeled shims in them already.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-07-2017, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks a lot guys! I did it and the results are perfect! Now the trem works great. I have used a piece of cardboard from an elixir strings package. First I used double cardboard but it was too much angle so I did it with one.
The action is pretty low like 1.7 mm low E and 1.2 mm high E at 14 fret and I can make it even lower.
It didn't affect tone nor sustain.
So I'm a happy guy! Thanks again!
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Re: Jem 7v sbl Edge Pro cavity interference problem

I did put 2 layers of sand paper (advice given by mu luthier) as neck shim.

But in your case, I wouldn't raise the neck angle, but the whole neck, with a shim covered the whole surface of the neck pocket (I did that too)
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