Originally Posted by bunyok23
I read it here at jemsite. on the setting up a jem. in fact specs shows it much lower around 1.45mm on the 24th.
1.6 mm (1/16 inch) minimum open string clearance at fret-24
String Action Fret-24: JEM7VWH
1.19 - clearance at fret 24, open high E-string
1.45 - clearance at fret 24, open low E-string
and I think you can get the "feel" if your action is set a bit low like this. Kind of the compression effect Joe Satriani is saying. Spongy and fluid.
Hey mic, I think .5mm is too much of a bow. specs says around 0.010". I don't know...maybe we all have our tastes..
I disagree with horstausmforst. increasing bridge hieght does not have the same effect as a neck shim on th headstock. I think adding a neck shim will add little bit of angle to the bridge and thus eliminate a bit of buzz without even increasing bridge height.
what do you guys think?
Where are you getting those numbers as "spec"? Ibanez factory setup is 1.5 mm and 2.0 mm high E to low E at the 12th fret.
I set up any and all guitars with anywhere from .3 to .5 mm bow on the neck, it gives an even feel from the first position all the way up the neck and buzzing can be kept at a minimum.
I've always thought that .2 mm relief (that's about the same as .010 inches") is too little, and with very low action most guitars, even with a great fret level, will buzz like crazy, especially in the lower positions. Sure it feels like the guitar is playing itself, but get a little heavy-handed with it and listen to the buzz, loss of sustain and tone.
Sure if you play feather light you can have the strings right on the frets, but not every one plays like that, nor does everyone like the tone you get from playing like that.
As far as adding a shim to the headstock side of the neck pocket, it does have the exact same effect as raising the bridge. All this is going to to is raise the action, and if you lower the bridge to put the action back where it was in relation to the frets you may end up with the bridge too far down in the body, PLUS, the buzzing is simply going to come back.
The only time you should add a shim to the headstock side of the pocket is when the bridge is WAY up out of the body and you want it closer. This is rare in Ibanez guitars, they usually need a shim on the body side because the bridge is already too close to the body. In fact, many Ibanez guitars made in the 90's come from the factory with a shim on the body side.
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