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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-03-2013, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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My RB Jem has neckitus

Bought an 87 RB off the bay a few months ago and the neck joint has some significant shrinkage and the fretboard was lifted about 1/8" at the first fret on the treble side. Fixed the lift but was totally p-offed about spending that much and getting a crappy playing Jem. Good news is that the guitar itself is in almost mint condition and my guess is that it was a case queen for a long time. This Jem has great tone and gets impressive blues tones as well as my other Jem and UV's don't so I really want to keep it. It was stolen and recovered a week after I bought too, which is another long story.

Going to attempt to level the fretboard and refret. I have done many builds and refrets, but havent repaired this defect before. Not sure if leveling is enough to get the bow out between the 2nd and 4th fret when the truss is tightend to flatten the board. I can almost get the setup in decent playability now, but it feels more like a RG than a dialed in Jem. Going to use a machined 18" radius block to do the job. Anyone have experience in doing this repair?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-09-2013, 03:59 AM
 
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Re: My RB Jem has neckitus

You know the suffix -itis means swollen...?

Maybe neckatrophe would better suit your situation :P
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-12-2013, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: My RB Jem has neckitus

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You know the suffix -itis means swollen...?

Maybe neckatrophe would better suit your situation :P
Actually the fretboard is swollen. When the scarfjoint began to lose its original setting, it caused a "swollen" hump between the 2nd and 4th fret. Just fixed that today with a 16" machined radius beam. The neck feels 10x better after planing the board. The string tension was a little too high on this guitar, but now it feels buttery. My Jem is now a Jem once again.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-13-2013, 07:19 PM
 
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Re: My RB Jem has neckitus

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Actually the fretboard is swollen. When the scarfjoint began to lose its original setting, it caused a "swollen" hump between the 2nd and 4th fret. Just fixed that today with a 16" machined radius beam. The neck feels 10x better after planing the board. The string tension was a little too high on this guitar, but now it feels buttery. My Jem is now a Jem once again.
Can you explain that one please. How does your string tension change unless you change the tuning?
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