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  1. You may want to look into the Johnny Marr mods that are on his signature Jaguar. Also Dave Wronski does some similar mods with a toggle instead of the three switches.
  2. The most obvious is the neck on the Jazzmaster. The American JM has the decal on top of the finish, where the Japanese/Mexican will have it under the finish. Secondly, the dots on the AVRI and Mexican JM are white on the top of the neck, whereas Japanese are black. Also, the tremelo system's button is flat on a Japanese trem and more rounded like the vintage trems on the AVRI. If you want to get really technical, get a set of metric and American allen wrenches. Mexican and Japanese models will have the bridges with metric sizes, while the American will have the American sized screws. Fin
  3. I'm selling one on eBay, CAR, matching headstock: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120762306386&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT Hard-shell case included
  4. Wondering what other Jaguar players out there favor as far as pickups go. I have an AVRI Jaguar, the second one I've had, and I play surf music. The problem comes when I double pick on the low-E. I get this nasty sound, almost like a chainsaw when I'm picking. I got rid of my first AVRI Jag because of that and thought it was a lemon. So, years later I get another one and I tested it in the shop and it didn't do it. I have played with it out for a few months and always used it through my Bassman amp. However, when I played it in my Showman, it did the same noise. So, I'm just going to r
  5. You can find them online from Fender or I usually use Angela's Instruments: http://angela.com/ . The typical pots for Jaguars is 1 Meg, but I chose to do 500K pots for it to be less trebly. I like more bass in my sound like with my Jazzmaster. The pickups on a Jag are virtually identical to a Stratocaster. But a Strat comes with 250K pots, so the fact that the Jaguar comes with 1M pots makes them super trebly.
  6. The pickups are very responsive and have that nice Jaguar punchy tone now. The pots were switched to 500s and respond really well. There is a really nice warm sound coming from the guitar and the difference was incredible from what it was before. I am a HUGE fan of the Japanese guitars, but the later guitars do have some really cheap electronics.
  7. Hey guys, I just finished re-building/ re-painting a Japanese Fender Jaguar. I had a lot of fun doing it, and it was a LOT of work but I'm happy with the result. I started with a 1998 Candy Apple Red stock CIJ Jaguar, sanded it down, painted it Daphne Blue, then re-wired it with cloth wiring, changed out the pots and put in AVRI pickups and you wouldn't believe the difference. I highly recommend that if you have one of these guitars, that you at least change out the cheap wiring and tiny pots that come with them stock. The pickups would be your choice, but realize that unless you have a ve
  8. I have a question for the Mustang experts here. I have an early reissue '69 Mustang that is YELLOW. I don't know why it's yellow, but it is. I have it for sale on eBay and people are asking me about the color. I thought Mustangs only came in red, white, or blue, unless they were the competition Mustang, of which this is not. Any ideas? I took it apart and it's not a re-fin.
  9. I agree. Unfortunately, the MIJ reissues don't come with the shim in the neck, either. Whoever you have set this up, see if they can add a shim. That usually helps with the buzzing. If it continues, there is the aftermarket buzz-stop from All-Parts. It solves the problem, but gets in the way if you use your tremelo arm often.
  10. I'd like to see what people here think about the Jazzmaster reissues. I have my opinion, but I'm curious to see what others think. Feel free to comment! Thanks! Matt
  11. Agree. Although I thought it was later that they went to the CIJ.
  12. Hello everyone, I did a search and found this site, so my interest was piqued when I saw this thread. My name is Matt and I've been playing Jazzmasters for about 20 years now in various surf bands. Here is my current Jazzmaster selection: The CAR is an American Vintage Reissue, yes with the matching headstock. This one is for sale on Ebay. The White one is my favorite. A 1985 MIJ totally stock and awesome! The Sonic Blue is a 1965 build that I did. I got Lindy-Fralin pickups for this one and I highly recommend their work over any other pickups! Enjoy! Matt
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