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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-04-2011, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Refinishing my JEM

Hello,

Here's a picture of my JEM wwwDOTmarsmicroDOTcom/guitar/jem1.jpg

I really would like to refinish the body in neon pink like the late 80's JEM with an orange neon lion's claw and a new ebony fretboard.

Could you guys recommend any luthiers for me to contact that would do the job properly and professionally?

I was going to go through Sims custom shop but reviews are scaring me on that.

wwwDOTmarsmicroDOTcom/guitar/jem5.jpg

The neck is superb and I'd rather not get a whole new neck just a fretboard replacement with pyramid inlays.

Thanks guys, sorry for botching the url's I'm new here and my post count isn't high enough to post URL's
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-04-2011, 02:14 PM
 
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Re: Refinishing my JEM

I wouldn't put any more money into that guitar. It's not a real Ibanez Jem. It's a copy. Sorry.
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post #3 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-04-2011, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Refinishing my JEM

I know it's a copy, Of course it's a copy, It's a custom that someone sold on ebay.

I just want to refinish it and change out the fretboard.
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post #4 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-04-2011, 02:51 PM
 
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doesn't look too bad. To be honest, it is based off a lower end Ibby.

Cost of a fretboard replacement would already be rather high I would guess. A refinish wouldn't be cheap.

500 USD? Don't know if it's worth it
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Re: Refinishing my JEM

Here's the pic...



To be honest, that guitar looks okay the way it is.
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post #6 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-04-2011, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Refinishing my JEM

I bought it because it has a nice neck and It has everything I need for a project jem.

I will replace the tremelo with an original ibanez edge and put in some pink dimarzios.

I dont care about cost I just need a good luthier that was my original question, can someone answer that?
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post #7 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-04-2011, 03:56 PM
 
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It's the fake stamp on the back of the headstock that ruins it for me. It changes it from a "project" to a "chibanez".
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Re: Refinishing my JEM

Hey lostadventures, I mean absolutely no disrespect at all but because your guitar is a counterfeit and not a custom, most luthiers wont go anywhere near it. Your best bet is to visit a good autobody/paint shop and get a quote from them. The have a huge array of colors available and if they're good, you'll get a great paint job at a good price.
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Re: Refinishing my JEM

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I know it's a copy, Of course it's a copy, It's a custom that someone sold on ebay.

I just want to refinish it and change out the fretboard.
A copy is a counterfeit--lovingly referred to as Chibanez around here. I remember that auction well--I think I was the one that reported it in the Report Fake Jems section.

Regardless--follow Ryc's advice and just ask an auto body shop. No luthier will go near it. On top on that--even discussing that thing around here won't get you any praises.



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post #10 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-04-2011, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Refinishing my JEM

I'm going to return it to the seller.

What is evilbay's return policy? He just shipped it yesterday...I feel like an immense idiot now.

Any advice? I'd rather return this and get an original ibanez edge for my other ibanez. I paid 399 with free shipping.
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I'm going to return it to the seller.

What is evilbay's return policy? He just shipped it yesterday...I feel like an immense idiot now.

Any advice? I'd rather return this and get an original ibanez edge for my other ibanez. I paid 399 with free shipping.
Go read the policies at eBay--it's theirs, not ours. Now, what I'd do is--report the item as a counterfeit and immediately file a claim. If you need any evidence to back up your claim--you have me and about a few hundred other Jemsiters chompin' at the bit to help you out.



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post #12 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-04-2011, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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"Returns:
No returns or exchanges, but item is covered by eBay Buyer Protection."

Am I screwed? :/
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post #13 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-04-2011, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Refinishing my JEM

He also said this:

" Remember, like the description said, this is a high-quality professionally assemble JEM Kit and not an Ibanez JEM built in Japan. If it was it would be worth 3 times as much but I believe the neck to be on par with the Ibanez."

I'm probably pinned with that statement...
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Point out that it's a Chinese counterfeit and not only forbidden to be sold on ebay to begin with, but illegal to own or sell in the US.
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The listing calls it a "kit" and you bought it with full knowledge it was a kit. Using "Ibanez" and "Jem" make it a counterfeit kit.

Personally I think you're screwed. It was illegal to sell but also illegal to buy, considering what Rich just posted.

I do wish you all the luck on it.
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