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  1. Thanks so much! I agree about the tortoise shell. The white pearl pickguard is definitely nice, too, but I'd wanted tortoise shell on this for a long time.
  2. Several years ago I posted about how I was kind of disappointed in my Jag-stang. The output seemed kind of weak, the intonation wasn't great and the wolf tones on the low E string around the 12th fret were horrible. I recently decided to just see what I could do with it. I was nervous to mod it, since I really wanted to keep all the original parts. So, I decided to just do a full swap of the electronics, pickguard included. While it still has some issues that I haven't been able to figure out, swapping out the pickups was by far the best decision I've made in terms of upgrading. The intonation is still a bit rough, but seems better with the right gauge strings. I've tried different strings, but I mostly used to play with the Slinky Hybrid strings and they just don't seem right for this guitar. Now I'm just using a standard set of 10's and it feels much better. I considered a new bridge, but for right now I'm pretty happy with it, so I'll save that for later (if needed). For the pickups I decided on a Seymour Duncan JB SH-4 for the bridge position and a custom shop Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates (strat sized) for the neck. I went with a tortoise shell pickguard that came with copper shielding. I then shielded the entire cavity with copper tape. I got new 3-way slide switches, new output jack (pure tone multi-contact to keep a tight fit), new push-pull pots and added a metric toggle switch for pickup selection. To add the pickup selector switch, I got a custom control plate with 4 holes; one for the toggle, two for the pots and the last for the output jack. The Mustang/Jag-Stang pickup selection method never seemed ideal to me, so that's one of the reasons I added the toggle switch. The bigger reason, though, is that I wanted to use the 3-way slider switches for series/parallel/coil split control for both bridge and neck pickups. The push-pull pots add even more versatility with a phase flip for the neck pickup by pulling the volume pot and a master parallel/series control by pulling the tone pot. This gives a crazy number of combinations for a wide range of tones. All in all, I believe it's something like 42 options. The bridge pickup is great for heavy stuff in the series humbucker mode. The neck Is a bit boomy and dark in series humbucker mode, so I usually either run it in parallel or split. But my favorite sounds involve both pickups being on in different configurations (coil split/parallel, etc). The master series switch is really only useful in a few cases, in my opinion, like with both pickups in coil split mode. The phase flip offers some really interesting tones, too, and it can really vary based on the selected mode of the pickups. The main thing I think I would have done differently if I were to redo this project would be 500K pots, since I just went with 250K ones without really thinking about it. I feel like some combos are a bit too dark and having 500K pots would give more room for that top end to shine. You can always roll it off with the tone knob, but you can't add it in. 😕 All in all, the build took a little time, because I wanted to tread carefully and make sure the wiring was all going to work properly. I had to sort of piece together bits of schematics from different sites. I also found it a bit difficult to manage the wiring since the Jag-Stang body cavity is so limited on space. I initially wanted to turn the bridge pickup to have it parallel with the strings, rather than angled. But I really didn't want to dig into the body of the guitar. As it is, I have all the original electronics mostly still together on the original pickguard and control plate. I'm pretty happy that the look of the guitar isn't too radically different from the original and I didn't have to modify any original parts. If anyone is interested in the schematics, I could probably draw that up. I never put together a full document, as I just worked in pieces, hand-drawing the wiring for sections. Let me know what you think! Before After These images were taken many years apart with drastically different lighting. I tried to color correct a bit without going too crazy. I think the "after" image is closer to the true color, but it definitely looks different depending on the light. The warmer the light, the more it brings out the greenish tint in the paint. Here are some images before the rewiring process: And here are some during the rewiring process:
  3. Awesomely late reply (sorry!), but thanks for the suggestions. However, I'm not a novice when it comes to guitars and I've successfully set up my Jaguar, James tyler Variax, Schecter C1EA, Jackson King V, Fender Bass VI, etc. I agree, it's not hard to set up a guitar and to teach yourself how to do it. I have plenty of guitars and about 20 years of experience with them now and the Jag-stang is the only one that has proven impossible to set up correctly. I've taken it to a number of friends and a couple shops and they were all as baffled as I am about the issues. Maybe I should do a quick video demonstration to show the issues, because it's weird. I'm just really glad to hear that I'm alone in this, because I love the look and sound of the guitar (except for the issues with mine).
  4. Purchased new from Guitar Showcase in San Jose, CA mid 1995. Unmodified Sonic Blue Made in Japan Serial U003471 I love it and won't sell it, but it's honestly not very good. I've never played another one, so I don't know if I just got unlucky, but the intonation is horrible, it doesn't stay in tune, the pickups are kind of weak and really noisy and there's a very strange over(under?)tone starting on the low E string. It becomes more pronounced the higher up the fret board you play and it's definitely not fret buzz. It's hard to describe, but the few people I've taken the guitar to haven't been able to figure out what it is. We tried a different barrel at the bridge, inspected the nut, adjusted the tension rod, etc. It's odd, because when it's plugged in and you hear the noise, you assume it might be something with the electronics due to the odd warble effect, but if you play it unplugged you can still hear that sound. Again, hard to describe, but it's almost like the low end frequencies are out of tune with the rest of the note and produce a warble effect. It's not the other strings or the back side of the low E string (from the nut to the fret), so I don't know what it is. I think it used to have the "Designed by Kurt Cobain" sticker, but I removed it.
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