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#1 billlorentzen

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 09:52 AM

I have been very interested in the JTVs for their convenience and flexibility, but when I try them at two local stores, I can't get into them. Partly it's the setup (high action, thick necks) and partly its a feeling of being disconnected from the guitar. I use and love my Pod HD 500, so I'm no Ludite.
I'm a professional musician and make my living with my Anderson Strat and Ibanez 335 style. Both of these guitars are among the finest instruments I've ever played, so I am a bit hard to please - almost no guitars at my local mid size Sam Ash and GC in Clearwater FL interest me.
Please let me know your level of satisfaction. This could help me decide if buying a JTV and setting it up well might work for me. Thanks!
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#2 jefflynyrd

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 10:27 AM

10... Seriously. It's a great instrument. Mines Korean made, which made me worry at first. But the quality is excellent. My American Deluxe strat goes unplayed and collecting dust... Very happy with it. So 5... :D


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:11 AM

Korean JTV 69 #1

Jack screw fell 1st day. Apparently the hole was bigger than the screw, mod knob never worked

1/5

 

Korean JTV 69 #2

mod knob never worked

1/5

 

Korean JTV 69 #3

mod knob never worked

1/5

 

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Korean JTV-89-f

5/5

What an awsome instrument. My 1993 strat, gibson robot, Tele and Musicman John Petrucci are almost useless now. That guitar can do everything and I love the neck.


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:12 AM

I have two.  JTV-69:  I'll give it a 4 initially (I had the original neck before they changed the specs/tolerances for fret filing at the factory but I put a new neck on it so now it's better than a 5)

 

JTV-59:  5, maybe 5+.  


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:23 AM

Other than the nut being cut a tiny touch too deeply, which I've been able to compensate for, I'd say my JTV59 is excellent.  My beloved American Dlx HSS Strat (which is also a superior instrument BTW), goes unplayed. 

 

I would give my JTV59 (Korean) a 4.6 (losing .4 for the improperly cut nut).  If was truly troubling, I could probably take it to my luthier and have it replaced for about $75, or shimmed for about $25.


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:29 AM

you're luthier is taking you to the bank at 75$ dang!! haha

 

anyway...

i have the korean 59

i'd give it a 9

i just never ended up caring for the color (i got the black one -.5)

outside of that, it has it's quirks (-.5) but i can work around them easy enough....

overall great instrument... get the color you REALLY want... regardless of what's "in stock" at the time.

 

Other than the nut being cut a tiny touch too deeply, which I've been able to compensate for, I'd say my JTV59 is excellent.  My beloved American Dlx HSS Strat (which is also a superior instrument BTW), goes unplayed. 

 

I would give my JTV59 (Korean) a 4.6 (losing .4 for the improperly cut nut).  If was truly troubling, I could probably take it to my luthier and have it replaced for about $75, or shimmed for about $25.


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:34 AM

The guy does phenomenal work.  They also have the only Plek machine in the area.  I've also had my JTV59 Plek'd (Wow!!!)

 

He may be a tad on the pricy side, but I know my axe is in good hands.

 

 

you're luthier is taking you to the bank at 75$ dang!! haha

 

anyway...

i have the korean 59

i'd give it a 9

i just never ended up caring for the color (i got the black one -.5)

outside of that, it has it's quirks (-.5) but i can work around them easy enough....

overall great instrument... get the color you REALLY want... regardless of what's "in stock" at the time.


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:39 AM

I'd have to give a 5 for my JTV69US. It was set up perfectly out of the box, and it's been my main guitar since I got it. I don't regret buying it one bit. The one thing that was nice about getting the US version was that I was able to get more of a finish that I like. I got the 2-Tone sunburst with a maple neck. It's still the only one I've ever seen like it.

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:42 AM

a plek machine is serious business! sounds like the guy may be worth it.

 

The guy does phenomenal work.  They also have the only Plek machine in the area.  I've also had my JTV59 Plek'd (Wow!!!)

 

He may be a tad on the pricy side, but I know my axe is in good hands.


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:44 AM

Believe me it is.  I've also have my Am Dlx Strat Plek'd.  Also amazing!!

a plek machine is serious business! sounds like the guy may be worth it.


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:45 AM

afraid to ask what that costs, no one close to me has one.

 

Believe me it is.  I've also have my Am Dlx Strat Plek'd.  Also amazing!!


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 12:12 PM

what's plek'd?


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 12:16 PM

pretty much a computer controlled guitar setup: http://www.plek.com/en_US/home/

 

what's plek'd?


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 12:37 PM

I give it a 5/5- JTV89FBR (factory 2nd).
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Posted 20 August 2013 - 12:54 PM

I've never been happier about a musical purchase. It might not be the most expensive guitar I own but it is the only one I play. Mostly for the tunings. I play a TON of stuff in alt tunings and really slack tunings and this thing has been a blessing. Add that to everything else it does and I love it to death. I've been jamming in a cover band lately and this thing is built just for that IMO. It covers EVERYTHING. I have a 59 now and will be buying a 89f eventually just for whammy fun. I'll also probably buy a broke or really cheap JTV down the line just to put the guts in one of my PRS guitars.

 

Also, everyone that hears it before they know what it is, loves it. Once you tell them what it does, they all of a sudden "hear the differences"  :lol:

 

5 it is.

 

edit: I also own a HD500 and together it's HEAVEN!!


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 02:20 PM

The guy does phenomenal work.  They also have the only Plek machine in the area.  I've also had my JTV59 Plek'd (Wow!!!)

 

He may be a tad on the pricy side, but I know my axe is in good hands.

 

 

The guy does phenomenal work.  They also have the only Plek machine in the area.  I've also had my JTV59 Plek'd (Wow!!!)

 

He may be a tad on the pricy side, but I know my axe is in good hands.

Must be Crossroads Guitar Shop. I've been wanting to get two of my guitars Plekked there. Just have not sprung for the time and money to have it done. I'm in Lexington, VA.

As far as your nut that's cut too deeply. I know on a bone nut, you can take some bone dust and mix it with a little water-like super glue and fill it in a bit. Then when it is dry, re -file it. With a Tusq nut, I imagine you could do the same thing. Any luthier shop would probably have a scrap piece they would give you.


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 02:48 PM

The shop I use charges a shade over $200

 

afraid to ask what that costs, no one close to me has one.


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 02:49 PM

Spot on :)

Must be Crossroads Guitar Shop. I've been wanting to get two of my guitars Plekked there. Just have not sprung for the time and money to have it done. I'm in Lexington, VA.

As far as your nut that's cut too deeply. I know on a bone nut, you can take some bone dust and mix it with a little water-like super glue and fill it in a bit. Then when it is dry, re -file it. With a Tusq nut, I imagine you could do the same thing. Any luthier shop would probably have a scrap piece they would give you.


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 03:11 PM

JTV 89 Korean. It'll get a 5 .. I use the mags as much as the variax and I've only just started to dink around in the workshop. 


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 03:22 PM

Great to hear all the rave reviews! I guess I will have to give it another try.
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