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  1. Replace them all. If you're going to play a gig, it is best to have fresh strings on there. Stretch them well for the next day or so to make certain they stay in tune during your gig. Think about it this way, your strings are old enough that one of them broke. If one broke, the others are old enough to be at risk of breaking. Which, according to Murphy's Law, will happen at exactly the worst moment, during your set. Do you want to be up on stage in middle of a set and have one of the others break, and not be able to quickly replace it? Change them all.
  2. Do Shellac, Sonic Youth, and Man? or Astroman.
  3. Precisely. It appears to me that MIJ Jags are when you just want a Jag, an AV is when you want an exact repro.
  4. The amp I'm using with my Jag is a Vox Cambridge tube hybrid amp. Perfect mate to the Jag for my tastes, very bright on the clean channel, but has a touch of breakup. I've also been using a Peavey Classic 50 that is at the practice space when I don't care to lug my amp with me, it belongs to another guitarist that practices there and does ok as a sub. I think those are supposed to be clones of a Fender amp of some type. I really want a Bassman, one day I'll either build one or find one for cheap.
  5. The materials in a MIJ Jag are not "cheap". The AV Jags appear to be an attempt to produce a Jag EXACTLY the way they were back in the '60s. The MIJ Jags appear to be more of a modern production Jag, without some of the frills like bridge cover and mute.
  6. I had the same problems with my Jag at first. The two E strings would pop out of their grooves and go out of tune. I used the stock bridge. First, I upped my string gauge. 10s are way too light, they don't have as much tension. I think I was using 12s before, just put in some 11s. This resolved most of the other strings popping out, save for those two Es. I then took a file and marked the grooves I wanted the strings to be in, then one or two cuts with a triangle file, and the grooves were perfect for the strings. Turns out I didn't actually cut into the main saddle, just removed some of the t
  7. I don't really use trem that much at all. I hate the strat bridge and trem entirely, but the Jag trem isn't great either. I would like the trem much more if they made the bridge not rock, just have it mount straight to the body instead of rocking. It was a constant frustration for me at least, the damn thing would always have the intonation off because the strings shoved the bridge forward most of the time, but them sometimes it would rock back and throw off intonation. I finally taped the posts and it holds tune now. If I were making a custom body from scratch I'd make the bridge post holes t
  8. The neck and body of my Jag most certainly do vibrate quite a bit. Its one of the most resonant solid body guitars I've ever played on. I agree that some hardware causes far less of the transfer to the body, and thats what I was talking about. You do want some of the vibrations to get to the body and back again. Every strat I've ever played was very poor at this, wheras the Jag, once I locked down the trem, produces a ton of resonance. I've been thinking a lot about bridges lately, I have some ideas for the bridge on a Mustang I want to build. Something like the StangOMatic I saw here, but I
  9. I think icey was saying, putting a floyd on a JS would be stupid. Icey, look into the stang-o-matic bridge here on the forum instead of a TOM. The radius of the TOM won't match a JS.
  10. Your conclusion is right, but the understanding of getting there is a little off. A material that does not conduct vibration is a damper. This loses sustain. We all agree that using foam saddles, which have an extremely low conductance, is bad, yes? Its not the fact that they don't conduct vibrations that causes higher sustain. Its the fact that they are hard enough to not absorb the vibes, but its a slippery material that causes less of the energy to be conducted into the material. Each wave the string makes causes a tiny amount of energy to be absorbed in making the saddle move. If the saddl
  11. It wouldn't be the taper of the pot. A linear turned all the way down will be a straight shunt to ground the same as an audio. I've never seen a problem like this. Without seeing exactly how you have it wired, its impossible to make any suggestions other than either the pot is bad or the wiring is.
  12. No different than before. They never made lefties in America anyway, Japan was my only option before. I just wanted to know if I needed to take out the loan to swipe a lefty Stang from Japan NOW, or if I could continue to wait until I have the extra cash. I hate taking out loans.
  13. The Japanese Mustangs haven't been discontinued, right? Between this thread and the other one about antigua I'm confused as all hell. Are Japanese Mustangs in normal colors still going to be available or what?
  14. Hehe. No, I'm not Yun. He used to hang out at the stompbox forum also. Guy was a little annoying but flaming is highly frowned upon there, so I just tolerated his annoying posting style. Then Mr ekwatts came in and posted a link 'exposing' Yun, some wiki page. From there I heard about this forum and started hanging out here. I get bored easily. I have not built a Polychorus myself. High parts count, too much to go wrong and would likely be a nightmare getting the noise down. I stick with simpler stuff like boosters, preamps, modified Rats, and basic chorus effects. I have yet to build a chor
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