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  1. I'm going to be starting a Jag-Stang build soon, I have a body, neck and vintage WRHB already and am in the process of getting the rest of the parts together. My plan was to do a single pickup version with the Wide Range in the neck position. I wanted to do the body in a chocolate brown, similar to the 70's Mocha brown Fender put out. After thinking about it though I'm tempted to go all the way and do it as a "what if" guitar. I.E. what if the Jag-Stang was put out in the 70's but was of course curious on what others thought about it. Opinions are always fun to have. So the plan would be the chocolate brown finish, black 3-ply mustang guard, Wide Range in the bridge position and either a Mustang or Jaguar pickup in the neck position. I'd be using the "F" tuners and a three bolt neck plate along with Bronco "F" knobs. The switching would be an on/off for the neck pickup and a series/off/parallel for the bridge pickup. The WRHB I have was previously modified to 4 conductor wiring. Also the neck I'm using is has a maple fretboard with the larger CBS headstock. My other option on the pickguard, which I was going to do originally but am not 100% set on at this point was a Bronco style guard. Either modified for a Mustang or Jaugar control plate or just keeping it all plastic. Here's my body and neck And here's some inspiration (no idea who's guitar this is)
  2. Yeah the third one is pretty cool looking but I'm not entirely sold on the rhythm plate on a Jag-Stang. I'd have to see more of them with it done but they just don't seem to match up that well with the elongated horn. Just my opinion. I may try it eventually but for now it's just going to be a one pickup guitar with simple wiring. I'm kind of set on wanting to use a Bronco guard too which I think would look a bit funky with the upper plate. I think you'd have to do some serious reshaping on the guard to make it work. I would totally do the 3rd one though if and when I build a Mustang. I think that Jag plates look ace on it. Especially with the Mustang pickguard the way it is, just cut around the plate. Don't think I'd include the 3 switch plate though. I'm going to have to look around and see if I can find a Jaguar plate tracing or pdf so I can do a mock up when my body comes.
  3. I can't seem to find an answear to this and my photo shoping skills are non exisistant. So I was wondering if it's possible to fit a Jaguar lower control plate, the vol/tone plate onto a Jag-Stang in place of the Mustang plate. I'm going to be starting a build soon in which I'd like to try this if it would work. I'm planing on useing a modified Bronco style guard and am trying to find of a way to fix the lines on the bottlm edge. You know how the pickguard cuts in on the lower horn and the Mustang plate doesn't really follow ther curve of the body. I know I could just reangle the plate although I'm not sure if that would work with the jpreexsiting routing. My other plan was to just have a one piece pickguard like a standard Bronco guard is and then slightly reshaping that part of it to line up better. If that makes sense. My other tought though was to introduce a bit mroe Jaguar influence and use that plate insted, albeit flipping it. Something like the second picture in this series. It looks liek it would cover the routing just fine although I'm assuming I'd have to route a bit more out possibly. Also I know know how it was interfear with the Mustang tremolo. It lookes like they may over lap. So does anyone have any thoughts on this by chance, anyone ever tried it? I don't have a Jag-Stang body on hand at the momment nor do I have the plate. Other wise I'd just mock it up and see. Edit - ona related note how would a Jazz Bass control plate look?
  4. Thanks foxy. Today I got the pickup for this project in the mail, a vintage Wide Range humbucker. You can see below the pickup has been somewhat modified from it's original form. Four conductor wiring, mounted on a standard humbucker base plate and pole pieces flipped around. Looks to be original other wise. Not sure how I want to proceed with it. Either having it put back to it's stock form or leave it as is. I am tempted to ship it off to someone and have it restored, cover base plate and all. Although the idea of having a series/parallel option is kinda of intriguing. Also I went ahead and ebonized the body today. Put 5 coats of strong tea on the other day to get the tannin count up in the wood. After drying over night I puts two coats of the ebonizing solution on. It's really fascinating how quickly the reaction happens between the solution and the tannin. Here it is, two coasts after being wiped down. Pictures were taken under florescent lighting, it's really hard to capture the actual color it is. Very much like a gray (blonde) finish. Has a bit of a blueish hue to it, transparent gun blue? I'm going to do another coating tomorrow after a little light sanding. Apparently there are a few tiny spots I didn't get all the sealer off from. Hopefully as it dries some of the blotchy-ness will lessen. Now to decide what color I should use for the grain. What ever it is I'm going to forgo the trans/color layer the Epiphone has (the green). I'm kind of liking a gold but not really sure if that would go well. Maybe some shade of metallic blue. As the clear ages it'll become more greenish. I'm open to any suggestions. One thing to keep in mind is the fretboard is maple and the pickguard is going to be tort.
  5. Guess this isn't as cool of a project as I thought it was hah. Regardless of that here's a small update on it. Finally finished sanding off the sealer, down to bare wood now. I messed around a little with the ebonizing solution I made (vinegar and steel wool). This one was shortly after a second coasting of the solution. It was still damp but I kind of like it. Not exactly what I am looking for though. Here it is after it's dried a bit, Has a bit more of a chalky look to it, also nice but not what I'd need. One concern I have with ebonizing is that since the body is a 4 or 5 piece ordeal I'm not sure the finish will be uniform on it. I have been toying with the idea of going with a brown base and gold grain filler. Or maybe less flashy and go with a tan grain filler over brown.. Tweed Fox I'm going to attempt to drill the string thru holes tomorrow. Then start seriously looking at the headstock and what needs to be done there.
  6. No suggestions but this is going to be a cool project. I've had the idea for a while of doing a Bass VI Jagstang.
  7. I'm in the process of a Bronco to Bass VI conversion. I'm not sure where I want to go with it. I keep flip flopping between wanting to make a fictional 70's accurate instrument, a mash up of a Bronco and Jaguar (Brouar VI?) Or something completely different all together. The fictional 70's one I'd do up with F tuners, black bronco (guitar) pickguard, Bronco knobs and a single Wide Ranger humbucker. The mash up Bronco/Jaguar would be a tort mustang pickguard, upper jaguar rhythm plate, Mustang control plate,Jaguar 3 switch plate, white button head tuners, 2 Jaguar pickups (slanted?) side by side. The electronics would be, (Jaguar switch plate) 2 on/off for pickups, series/parallel. (Rhythm circuit) volume and tone, switch would flip between a regular tone cap and a shottsky diode. Regular volume and tone for other pickup. Both would have a Musicemaster bridge and be finished in a darker wood stain. What say ye all? Opinions, thoughts or input, questions? As a side note another finish option I'm considering trying is Epiphone's Silver Fox. In which case the project may go in a completely different direction. Oh decisions decisions.
  8. Thanks for the input. Yea I'm going to change the output to the side of the guitar. As for the controls I was thinking the 3 slide switches would the 3-ways and wired like a Mustang. I know I want at least series/parallel options. I wouldn't mind phase switching as well though. Can I get the Brian May switching options with 3 Mustang slide switches? The four knobs I was thinking of using as vol/tone from the bridge and neck pickups and having the middle go straight the the output jack. If I thought I could fit a vol/tone for each pickup I would. I suppose I could use stacked potentiometers. Or possibly having the bridge go straight to the output instead of the middle. I tend to you the middle and neck much more then the bridge.
  9. I have a baritone I recently bought that was a parts guitar. The current pickguard I don't really like aside from the color of it. Since I'm wanting to change the pickguard I thought maybe I'd mod it a little more as I don't particularly like where the stock controls are. Here is the stock guitar as it stands now. Thinking about something like this. Or this... Maybe with the switching above the knobs. Other ideas or suggestions are more then welcome. I'll more then likely go with white knobs (mustang or witch hat) and white slide switches. I'm toying with the idea of slanting the switches and mouth them above the knobs (below the bridge pickup) Edit - After thinking a bit about it heavy knurled brass knobs might look better, especially after they age a bit.
  10. I'm in the midst of a project and needed a measurement off the Toronado bridge and Mustang bridge. On the Toronado I need the distance between the two outer most front mounting screw holes. Preferably from center to center of the holes. The other measurement the distance between the two post holes in the bridge. Also the height from the bottom of the bridge to the top of the saddles. Any help is appreciated.
  11. A few months back I was toying around with the idea of a reverse"non-reverse" Firebird and a reverse Firebird. Well lo and behold I just came across just such a thing, and it's a hollowbody to boot. Although the shape could be refined I quite like it. Anyways I was wondering if anyone knew the brand of this thing. One is currently listed on the bay but I won't link to it. Here are some pictures of it. A couple more pictures here.Guitar
  12. I haven't bought a new guitar in few years but recently came across two deals I couldn't pass up. More pictures here...
  13. Does anyone know where I might find a tracing (preferably with the tuner hole locations) of a Fender Coronado? I have a project in the works that involves a headstock reshape. I always thought the Coronado's looked nice, plus you don't seem to see it to often. Any thing would be helpful. Not sure where to start other then trying to hand draw it out. I'd like for it to be a little more accurate then that though as part of the reshape is due to having to relocate the tuners.
  14. Thanks for the reply HNB. Although that's a cool pickup the guitar I saw had actual P-bass pickups in it. I want to say the guitar was white with a black guard. I believe it was set up with the strings passing between the poles on the pickup. I thought it was shown on a thread regarding the Novak 7 pole Jazzmaster pickups but I wasn't able to find it there.
  15. So I have a project I'm gearing up for and am looking for a specific picture. It's actually part of the inspiration for this build. I saw the picture a while back, may have been on the offset forum. Regardless no amount of searching has turned anything up thus far. The picture is of a Telecaster guitar equipped with P-bass pickups. Seems straight forward enough
  16. Yeah I'd be curious to hear how it changes the sound; I take it that you can't really use the tremolo with the strings wrapped like that
  17. I'm still considering this for a project. Just got back in town though the other night. At the moment I have all the hardware I need aside from the pots and brackets for the rhythm circuit. Still working on getting a neck too. Once I have everything I need I'll start posting some progress pictures. I think I have a source for getting a pickguard made up. Haven't decided on a body color yet though, I'm really liking the idea of a capri orange comp.
  18. Glad it helped. I'm still curious to find out what's under those pup covers, P90 or what.
  19. There's a review with some really great info and few good pictures of a MIM JM over at offsetguitars, here's a linky. http://www.offsetguitars.com/forums/index.php?topic=12086.0 P.S. not sure if it's cool to post links to other forums on here, I can remove it if there's any problems.
  20. Thanks both for the input, and Aug thank you much for offering to do a schematic, it will no doubt help. Yeah I'm not sure how the vol/tone above the pickups will work out, I need to check out some of routing pictures I guess. I was hoping I could just rout down (between the pickups) and keep the rollers in the same place as where the switches would normally be; if that makes any sense? As far at the Jaguar switching I've been thinking I could drop the phase switch, something I don't use all that much. Having the lower the switching wouldn't look all that much different then it looks on the Cyclone II right? It's really more that rhythm circuit I'm after, I figured though why not keep the phase option open too. Finding a Bass VI plate is proving to be rather difficult though. May not even look that good in the end either. I was even thinking; and maybe it won't look as good as it sound in my own head but, what do you all think about leaving the plate off and just mounting the switches straight to the pickguard? It'd be keeping with the above pickup switches and a kind of 60's Japanese guitar no name inport hah. Yay or nay?
  21. So I have a unfinished Mustang body kicking around and I've been toying with a few ideas for it and am curious for some input on it. My main idea is to route it for either a Bass VI (pending I can find one) or a Jaguar pickup control plate, a la Cyclone. The switching would ideally be an on/off for each pickup, a phase switch and then the 4th would be a rhythm circuit like on a Jazz/Jag. Where the normal pickup switches would go on the Mustang I'd install the volume and tone for the rhythm circuit. Now if I can't manage to get the Bass VI plate I'd just use the Jaguar's and drop the phase switching, or maybe install a mini toggle for it. I mocked up a rather lousy picture using the Bass VI plate and it comes out looking a little crowded. I'd like to hear some thoughts though on this. Is it doable? I'm not that familiar with the mounting on the Jazz/Jag for the rhythm section, if the vol/tone pots would even fit in the old Mustang pickup switching. I suppose I could route out a bit more there though if need be. Would have to get a custom pickguard anyways so maybe it doesn't really matter. Hopefully I made at least a little sense explaining it
  22. Seafoam green with a tort guard, or olympic white with a mint green guard. As far as pickups I personally say lipstick's are the way to go. Good jangle and you can get quite a bit of bite, and you can get twang out of them with the right eq'ing. Two Jaguar pups though would be pretty killer too.
  23. Absolutely beautiful guitar, amazing condition too. I know most don't like the headstock on these but I have to say, it's pretty cool looking. I think 24" scale, Musicmaster bridge version would be killer to see done. Curious, does any company make after market split pickups for a guitar? Always have wondered how they sound, or what they are comparable too. Anyone have experience? *Edit* Just found these, http://www.curtisnovak.com/pickups/xii-v.shtml
  24. Yeah, I've always loved those old Framus guitars. They had some really unique ideas put into them I think. I'd love to eventually get the thinline "Television" model, such a sexy guitar hah. Looks like the red one we were all looking for though is the "Junior 6" model. As a side note too looks like the one Cobain had his picture taken with is the "Electrona"
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