A common question of new owners of guitars with a Dynamic Vibrato is how to keep the tremolo arm in the tailpiece bar. The tremolo/bridge unit of the Fender jag-stang and most mustangs is a Dynamic Vibrato, so this article applies to both the jag-stang and mustang.
The first thing to know is that the tremolo bar itself does not “snap” or screw into place like the tremolo bar of a stratocaster. The tremolo bar is held in place by pressure from a small allen screw in the tailpiece bar.
The photo below points to the location of this allen screw. Note the location indicated by the blue arrow pointing into the end of the tailpiece bar.
So to hold your tremolo bar in place get the bar in a position you are comfortable with and then snug the screw in the end of the tailpiece using a 4mm (or 5/32″) allen wrench. Don’t over tighten this screw. (see below)
So another very common problem is that the screw in the end of the tailpiece bar will be missing. They fall out very easily.
There are not a lot of options for finding a replacement screw. You may have to buy an entire dynamic vibrato tailpiece that includes the screw. Or another option would be to pull the tailpiece bar off the guitar and take it into your local hardware store looking for a screw that will fit.
[If anyone has found an exact replacement for this screw please let us know the details and we’ll add it to this article.]
Dave Fisher has put together a great video showing off his modified 1996 Fender Mustang. You can check it out below. His modifications include Rio Grande neck pickup, new wiring, blocked bridge, graphite nut / string tree, and more!
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So if you’ve looked into the Fender Jag-Stang a bit you know the name jag-stang comes from combining the names of the Fender Jaguar and Mustang. Even though the jag-stang is mostly a weirdly shaped, un-contoured, mustang with a humbucker and very little jaguar influences it still has the 1/2 and 1/2 name.
Sindre Bremnes has created a conceptual design of a Mustang and Jaguar combination that he calls “the antithesis of the jag-stang”, the Fender Mu-uar. He’s even done an amazing bit of photoshopping to create some images of his conceptual design.
Here are the technical specs of his conceptual design:
Neck: Maple, 24.75″ scale length
Fretboard: Rosewood, 22 frets
Body: Alder, modified Mustang (left) and Jaguar (right) shape
Pick-ups: Mustang single-coil (neck), two Jaguar single-coil pick-ups (bridge)
I have to admit it has a very cool look and vibe to it. It does seem to have some similarities to the recently discontinued Fender Cyclone that we talked about last week in this article. Nice work Sindre!