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  1. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    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...
  2. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    Hi guys, im having problems with my '87 RG550. i just changed the strings and did a basic setup on it, and im not too happy with the action. its around 3mm at the 12th fret on low E and high E, and i want to get it down to around 1.5 to 2mm. first i just tried lowering the bridge, which...
  3. All Other Guitars (including Prestige)
    Hi. To the thing. I would like to donwtune a lot to B. My dilema is what string gauges. 12 or 11 is not enough. One need to have equal tension on all strings. I am mostly worrying about neck of my XPT700. I am afraid of neck-whirl. I have seen nice tension article here on Jemsite but not with...
  4. Ibanez JEM, UV, JS & Other Signature Models
    Hey there, I have had my JS 1200 for over 2 years now, and for the past few months I've had the trem blocked off with small pieces of wood jammed in tight on the front and back sides. I much prefer the better tone, sustain, and playablility of this guitar with the trem blocked, but I'm...
  5. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    I have recently tried setting the action on my BSB due to the strings being quite high off the neck and unfortunately I have hit a problem.The tremolo adjustment is at the lowest adjustment , the action is set up correctly and the trem springs are as far back as they will go.I have set up all my...
  6. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    I've searched the forum for half an hour but couldn't find any threads really relevant to my problem. I changed my strings on my RG1570, Edge Pro trem. Same gauge and brand as before (10-46, EB). But after restringing and tuning strings to pitch the trem angle went positive. I know how to adjust...
  7. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    So that's it. Action is high around 5th fret and good around 19th fret. If I low the trem, I get lots of buzzing, and the action around 5th fret is still high. Guitar is Universe UV7BK. Any thoughts?
  8. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    I have a Custom Shop Schecter that was professionally set up a couple months ago. During the last set up, snow was on the ground; currently, it's around 70 degrees, and has been for about a week. I think that maybe this is affecting my guitar's truss rod (?). It has a mahogany set neck and...
  9. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    I know this is a stupid question, but I know Rich measures at the 24th fret (some do at the 12th), but regardless, it is top of fret to bottom of string, not fretboard to bottom of string right? I got a slight buzz on my open B up to about the 5th fret, and I measured fret to string on my low E...
  10. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    hello, I bought a Squier strat about 6 months ago so I could turn it into cheapo EVH b/w striped job and play some VH covers at home... It played fine when I got it but it sat in the corner for a few months while I played my other guitars. Recently I picked it up and the neck has these burrs...
  11. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    I've been following the directions on the JEMsite tech section to get rid of my buzz on my 560 with a Lo Pro Edge. I can't get rid of the buzz on the wound strings from frets 1-7 or so. But even with relaxing the truss rod it doesn't go away. Now the buzz doesn't come through the amp at all...
  12. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    This might be a silly question. Do you guys have ever experienced that strings tension is different from one guitar to another? I feel that string tension on my RG is stiffer than on my JEM. If that’s not normal, is there a way to fix that? And what is the best low action you guys aim for?
  13. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    hey, my action was perfectly fine not too long ago.. I had my RG520 locked up in its case and stored away for a while.. I took it out yesterday to play and mannnn the action is terrible! I can like drop my pick through the space between the fretboard and strings with no problem at all.. how do I...
  14. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    ...on my RGA121. specifically the A and low E strings. i'll pluck the 3 highest strings and they hum slightly, making high clean licks with distortion impossible. i got it professionally set up, i don't think it was doing this before i got it set up for 10's...there's also slight fret buzz on...
  15. All Other Guitars (including Prestige)
    ...on my RGA121. specifically the A and low E strings. i'll pluck the 3 highest strings and they hum slightly, making high clean licks with distortion impossible. i got it professionally set up, i don't think it was doing this before i got it set up for 10's...there's also slight fret buzz on...
  16. All Other Guitars (including Prestige)
    Let me qualify my question: I am looking to buy a new Ibanez, one with no history and no issues. Problem is that my local stores usually only stock up to Korean made and below. I tried a Jem awhile back and liked it very much but was not in the market at that time. Now it is gone. I can buy...
  17. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    I recently raised the action on my RG, after all these months of wanting the lowest action possible. Let me tell you, it was like lifting a blanket off my sound! All my notes are now much "fuller", and they sustain a lot longer. At first, it was a little difficult getting used to, but after a...
  18. All Other Guitars (including Prestige)
    Really... my RGA121 has the worst sustain of any guitar I've ever played and I can't figure out why. My cheap-o B.C. Rich has better sustain. I've had my RGA121 set up twice, had strings from 10s to extra thick meant for detuning on it, and I've even tried tilting the saddles back to put more...
  19. All Other Guitars (including Prestige)
    Look what I got! a Ibanez Rg550! !!! Made In Japan, 1990 F047688 I took the apple sticker off, cleaned her up real nice, and WOW! It reminds me of my old RG550 DX EG that I sadly sold, and man, its a dream to play!! only 3 very small dings on the ENTIRE body, NO cracks, no fret wear (was...
  20. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    Guitar is a UV777BK, a few months old. First string change from the originals. Used D'Addario. The low B is a heavier gauge than the original, so the trem pulled forward. After re-leveling the trem, I set the intonation. Action is higher than the minimum prescribed... I'm between 1/16 and...
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