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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-18-2001, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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JEM FAULTY CONSTRUCTION??? - Fixable problem???

Hello. * I recently bought a MINT 1999 Jem 7DBK (Textured Black Finish)

Its a favorite of my 8 guitars, (5 of them Ibanez Rg models), *but I noticed that the Strings seem out of line passed the 12th fret.

For instance : on the High E, *fretting the string from the 12th fret on shows the string VERY VERY CLOSE to the EDGE of the Fretboard. * We are talking it takes RAZOR SHARP accuracy when fretting at high speeds or else the string flies right off the ride of the boad. *I compared this to my other RG models, all pretty good models as well (3120TW, USRG30,) *and the High E THERE is more evenly spaced.

I noticed the Low E string has TONS of extra wood above it on the board too.

Is the Bridge out of line? *Whatever the problem is, *is it fixable???

Thank you for your help.


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first rule out tremolo post misalignment.

* look at the tremolo knife edges and where they sit on the post. They should be centered (or near centered) but most importantly NOT touching/rubbing the sides

Once this is confirmed, the likely suspec, common with bolt-on necks, is the fact that the neck is shifted in the pocket. You can see discussion about this (and what to do) in this thread

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After you get the neck straight, check those four screws on the joint periodically (monthly) and tighten them if necessary.
Last night I found my UV's neck had moved out of alignment again. I fixed it in a minute. I guess the wood looses it's grip on the screws with temperature/humidity change.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-27-2001, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the Advice. *I am having part of the upper part of the body that was pushing down on the neck removed. *I know a fabulous guitar luthier who works on, and builds guitars. *he told me what he was going to do, and it sounded like a solid plan.

he said the pickguard and body were pushing the neck down, *and with the SLIGHTEST dril piece, was going to shave away part of the body and pickguard. *He also will put Maple Shavings in the Screw holes to strengthen them. *

I have a question for administrators : *how often do you do a clean sweep and just wipe a ton of crappy forum discussions clean from the site?? * Since I asked a question on here that is already covered, *you can go ahead and delete this one. *


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