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  1. Background: Tele player here. I am looking to give offsets another try but I'm a little scared. I once owned a cheap fender blacktop jaguar and it was an awful guitar. Although it was cheap, the major issue with it was that the neck pocket was completely flat and it would not intonate properly(past the twelve fret it was way sharp and the action was way too high). No amount of playing with the truss rod, bridge, or saddles could fix this, even when it was taken to a professional. Since then, I have decided to never buy a bolt on guitar with a raised bridge. Still, they look so cool and I can't help but want one. I also think they have the best sounding trems. Question: Are there any offset guitars that fender currently sells that come with a properly angled neck pocket? I noticed they fixed the saddles on a lot of these guitars in recent years and I am wondering if they have fixed the neck pocket angle on any of them as well. I know you can shim the neck, but I don't' want to stick a piece of plastic or wood in the neck pocket of my guitar, I want one with the neck pocket cut properly or I don't want one at all.
  2. Background: Tele player here. I am looking to give offsets another try but I'm a little scared. I once owned a cheap fender blacktop jaguar and it was an awful guitar. Although it was cheap, the major issue with it was that the neck pocket was completely flat and it would not intonate properly(past the twelve fret it was way sharp and the action was way too high). No amount of playing with the truss rod, bridge, or saddles could fix this, even when it was taken to a professional. Since then, I have decided to never buy a bolt on guitar with a raised bridge. Still, they look so cool and I can't help but want one. I also think they have the best sounding trems. Question: Are there any offset guitars that fender currently sells that come with a properly angled neck pocket? I noticed they fixed the saddles on a lot of these guitars in recent years and I am wondering if they have fixed the neck pocket angle on any of them as well. I know you can shim the neck, but I don't' want to stick a piece of plastic or wood in the neck pocket of my guitar, I want one with the neck pocket cut properly or I don't want one at all.
  3. Hello, managed to get my mitts on a staytrem bridge. Question, is there suppose to be a generous amount of wiggle room when I drop it in the posts? Is that what they mean by a rocker? Thanks in advanced. Jeff
  4. I made a thing, not sure what to call it I stuck Lendy Fralin jazzmaster pickups and a vintage DeArmond pickup taken from a Airline bobcat. Switch is wired like a LP and I left the rhythm circuit in tact. I have a black pickguard and knobs on the way along with a few tweaks and a proper set up I'll be completely in love
  5. Hello, I am building a Jazzmaster and I have a Jazzmaster bridge, but I don't have the tremolo part. Is it possible to use a standard Tune-O-Matic tailpiece with a Jazzmaster bridge instead of the tremolo? I would also want those two parts to be quite close to each other like a standard Tune-O-Matic would be. Thanks.
  6. Hi. I am planning on modding my Surf Green Squire vintage modified jaguar to have 2 4 wire humbuckers, a three way toggle switch, and a coil tap on the neck pickup, however I want to keep the rhythm circuit and low cut switch. (basically similar to a Kurt Cobain jag except only master volume and master tone, neck coil tap, and keeping the low cut switch) I'm 17 and I'm not very good with wiring, also jag wiring is especially confusing. Would anyone be able to help me figure out a wiring diagram for this, or at least help explain it to me? Are there any other mods I should try for this guitar?
  7. I bought a new Sqiuer VM Jazzmaster, and found buzzing and crackling after using the tremolo. I sent it back to the shop. I received the guitar back yesterday, but the fault was not fixed. I checked the bridge to jack ground with a multi-meter and it was open circuit. I made a diagnostic fix by connecting a wire from the jack nut to one of the tremolo screws. (see attached) The static noise has gone completely. I found a diagram on the web showing a ground wire to the bridge posts.(attached) However, I am sure the ground wire is connected to the bridge post (top E), but the floating bridge loses ground when you use the tremolo. If you push the bridge forward or back the ground is good but the bridge shifts as you use the tremolo. THE CAUSE:- The guitar was set up as you would a Strat (no floating bridge), the bridge was lowered right down by the 2 adjusters at the sides. Then the string heights were set by each string adjuster. The bridge height adjuster on the earth side (top E) was not making good contact with ground. THE SOLUTION:- There are 2 screws which adjust bridge height, in the holes on each end of the bridge. They are adjusted with the tiny alan key. I raised the bridge by about 4mm. then lowered each string adjuster. The bridge now rocks smoothly as the tremolo is used, and the strings now stay grounded. JOB DONE.
  8. I really like the idea of a dark blue (or dark green) JM with matching headstock. There doesn't seem to be any production model matching this description. So I had been thinking of putting one together using body and neck from a UK builder (guitarbuild.co.uk or gspbasses, or another) and doing the paint job myself. Can I get material quality comparable to eg Fender japan this way? I know that there's no resale value in this route, so let's leave that aside for now. Alternatively I could get a reasonably priced JM (maybe a japanese or a classic player. Maybe even a JMascis squier), and repaint. However this would be a much more time-consuming job than starting with a new body, and if I'm painting the headstock then I guess I'll essentially be removing the logo and a lot of the resale value, even if I put a new decal on. I was planning on adding aftermarket bridge, trem and pickups, so that works in favour of a build (so I'm not wasting money on hardware I'll be ditching). I'm trying to get the best Jazzmaster I can within a budget of about £700-£800 GBP. I'm aware of the low resale value of builds and it's not a major consideration. Any suggestions?
  9. I wrote a piece on J Mascis and how to sound like himThought you lot might like a read. https://www.gearnews.com/sound-like-j-mascis-dinosaur-jr-mr-big-muff/
  10. I've finally got some time to get round to fixing up my Jag. I got it as a gift for my 18th birthday, (im 30 now so its been kicking about in this state for awhile) the dings were there when i got it. I didn't care as its all my folks could afford at the time and i was still over the moon with it. I'm looking for a few pointers for restoring the finish initially. As you can see its had a fair old whack to the back of the body, going right into the wood. I'd like to keep it sunburst if possible, but if that proves too difficult then a single colour would be fine. Also, I'm thinking of overhauling the electrics completely. Id like to put in a seymore duncan jb/59 combo for the pickups, and simplify the switches and volume/tone knobs. I'll never sell it so I'm not bothered about it losing value, id just like to have it set up the way i want it and to have it looking presentable. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Im sure this has been done many times before so if theres any threads, posts, articles etc, that you could point me in the direction of, i think that would be a good start. Pics to follow...
  11. Long, long ago, I owned a 1968 (i think, it had block inlays) Jaguar, and one thing I remember loving about it was that the trem-arm (or whammy bar) had no thread. It just kinda pop/snapped into place and stayed there and popped out when you pulled it out. Easy-peasy lemon squeezey. After not owning an offset guitar for many years, I recently purchased an MIM Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster. I almost immediately noticed that the trem-arm is threaded, and needed to be screwed in, like a Stratocaster trem-arm. My question: Can anyone with a true vintage Jazzmaster tell me if this was always the case for JM whammy bars, or if it's just the new MIM Classic Player's cutting corners? Likewise, can any owners of vintage Jaguars corroborate my memory and verify that they had those "pop-in" style bars?
  12. I am new to this forum, but a long time fan of the Fender Jazzmaster. I love to chat about these guitars, and have a healthy understand of their history! I work at Chicago Music Exchange, and have a '65 Jazz that was refinished. Here is a photo: http://i.imgur.com/Qwvdw8k.jpg Thanks for letting me be a part of the discussion!
  13. Hey there, peeps! My name is Matt and I'm aspiring to be a guitar luthier with my own repair/mod shop. And with a recent Yamaha EG-112C body going out of commission (I was gonna hard tail it permanently but it'd be too much work as of right now), I decided to start from scratch. With a Jazzmaster Body! I have a lot of things I need to decide and I decided to come to this forum with questions and polls galore to help me decide what I am doing. The neck is 12.75" so it's gonna be a Fender standard scale length. The neck pocket almost fits into a standard Tele neck pocket(but I only tried it in my Squier '51 to check since it uses a Telecaster neck. If I remember correct, the dimension of the heel should be 3" long, but the top of the heel is 2 1/16" wide where the bottom of the heel is 2 3/16" wide. I'll be starting with a 2 piece Alder body from Keim Lumber (they got some pretty good prices on body blanks if you need one). There's going to be a lot of questions since I'll be making a pickguard from scratch. Perhaps someone out there can help. Or multiple people. Question 1: What would be the best bridge choice for this build? I tend to do plenty hard playing, I don't even use a tremolo system, and I bend strings like Becker. If possible, I'd like for it to look as natural to original design as possible. AKA, a bridge that would fit over the pickguard or possibly in a relief pocket that fits into the pickguard. Tune-O-Matic would be the preferred choice, but I've heard you need to shim the slots quite a bit to deal with heavy playing. But I've also considered one piece wraparound bridges. Question 2: Should I use the old pickups from the old Yamaha? They were 2 single coils in the neck and middle positions from Yamaha or whomever. The bridge would be a humbucker I pulled from the Squier '51 I mentioned earlier. In the future I would consider upgrading to another setup and make a new pickguard for it. The selection of the old parts would only mean getting 2 pickguards and extra copper tape. All the parts from the old setup would be used and if I upgrade, it'd be completely new parts. Speaking of which... Question 3: What should the new pickup configuration be? I have considered a variety of options including 2 humbuckers, 2 P90s, 2 Jazzmaster pickups (which are just basically single coils in a p90 bobbin from what I read), and also if I should stick a single coil in the middle position and go for a 5 way switch. The possibilities are endless, but costly. Which is why I considered doing the first setup where I recycle the old parts. Maybe upgrading the current setup of HSS with new pickups. But I'm really considering going HSH and going vintage on the pickup selectors (switches and such). Please tell me what you think and if there's anything I'm missing in design. More upgrades can and will be done in the future including changing the string tree style on the old headstock and upgrading to locking tuners and a StrapLok system.
  14. Tomorrow I'm seeing a guy who is selling a new 2015 Classic Player Jazzmaster, but the guy is asking for a very low price and I think he is kind of shady. I have my doubts about the guitar being a fake, has been somehow damaged or it's a stolen guitar. I would appreciate if you guys could help me a bit and tell me what should I look for to spot if it's real or fake and, since I'm kind of new to guitars, how could I tell if the neck is damaged or has any serious damage in any other parts. he sent me these pictures and told me the serial number was Mx15569216 Thanks a lot! and I hope I've made myself clear. my english is poor.
  15. Hi, This is my first post on here and I have a question. The other day I saw one of my favourite bands, Manic Street Preachers and saw that the guitarist was using a Jazzmaster. I was just wondering which model he was using. I thought it may have been a 65 but I was told it was probably a pre-64 vintage. Could anybody body get more specific and which current JM would do a good job of this sort of music? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUATRiNnMNs. Thanks in advance
  16. The recent Fender newsletter kicks off a Jazzmaster campaign calling it the "Hero Of The Underground". With the many jazzmaster models available in 2015 is there one you prefer? [Fender Link] [jag-stang.com Blog Post]
  17. I'm going to replace my volume and tone knobs for my fender jazzmaster classic player special(made in mexico). I want them to be black instead of offwhite because im also getting black pickup guards, gold pickguard, and a gold hardware. What kind of knobs do I need? I can only find US Split shaft knobs on all parts, but would those not work?
  18. I've got some jazzmaster pickups on order to put in my CIJ jag. I wanted the jazz pickups with the short scale. Anyone who's done this who can give me any tips? Obviously I'm going to have to route out a bit for the wider pickups, but how deep should I go? Probably not as far down as the original route as the jazzer pickups aren't as deep as the jaguar. Also, any suggestions as to pickup placement? I don't know if the bridge location allows for the jazz bridge pickup to have its pole pieces positioned exactly where the jaguar's would be. Even if it were, perhaps it would sound better a little further from the bridge. Any other pitfalls to consider?
  19. Long story shor: I was replacing the stock "Duncan Designed" pickup covers and switching them for Fender Aged White ones. To my surprise the stock pickup covers were glued on. The neck pup cover came off without too much trouble, however, the bridge pup was damaged in the process. I took it to my local tech and he says the coil is damaged and recommends getting a new pickup vs rewinding them. Honestly the stock bridge pup (Model JM-101B) was just a little to shrill for my personal taste. I could get an ok tone when rolling the tone knob down but then switching between pickups is a pain in the ass because the neck would be really super muddy. I love the stock neck pickup (Model: JM-101N) My question is: Is there another pickup anybody can recommend that is just a tad mellower without having a big difference in output? I'd like to keep the neck pickup if I could. I've been trying to compare and contrast online but can't really find any spec info on the JM-101B and JM-101N vs other models. All I know is they have Alnico 5 Magnets. Can anybody help with this topic? Any advice would be great.
  20. Hey guys check this http://tonereport.com/news/fender-squier-announces-vintage-modified-baritone-jazzmaster http://www.gak.co.uk/en/squier-vintage-modified-baritone-jazzmaster-antigua/101124
  21. SO! what have you done to change your gear? I've changed my trusty Squier Jagmaster (my workhorse, sunburst) to having tele style knobs, had to change all the internal wiring since I somehow managed to snap all of the wires, and replaced the bridge pickup with a Dimarzio Super Distortion (creme) and this has played at every show I've done, including places like Disneyland, The Cavern, the Royal Albert Hall..the list goes on, but even though its honestly abeaten up, cheap P.O.S, I love it to death and the tone from it is KILLER! I'm also getting my 62 RI Jaguar (CARed) modded a fair bit since my trusty squier is beginning to die after 5 years of hardcore abuse. I picked this up from my favourite store, and some guy bought it for like £800 and had it for A DAY and played it once, decided he didnt like it and traded it back in, so I came down after christmas about 2 years ago and managed to pick it up for about £390 with all the case candy, the film still on, and all the other junk. SCORE! ANYWAY, thats the story, but now onto the main subject, modding. I've just recently sent it off for a couple of mods. - Its getting 250k pots installed (it has 1meg) since I hate the on/off feel it has at the moment with no sweep -a new pickguard (I believe its gonna be white mother of pearl or something), -a toggle switch installed (similar to the KC model) since the switches are hard to change at speed, -and its being routed in the bridge for a Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Slash humbucker I picked up when visiting family in Canada for $120 since frankly, I hate the single coil in it, yet the neck is perfect to me. Although I may get another Super Distortion since its worked out pretty good for me in my jagmaster. I'm also contemplating changing the tuning pegs to Grovers and all the chrome hardware to a gold colour (it has gold straplocks and the colours matched pretty good) I'd also be pretty interested in a red/black burst or something. I'll put some pictures up when I get it back! now its your go
  22. I'm planning to build a Jazzmaster but, i'm having a real hard time with the color. It's a Black guard with Cream covers and knobs. I've thought about Forest Green like, Thurston's Signature. In this picture it looks fine. But in the 2nd picture it looks really pale and a lot lighter. I've also thought about a Sapphire Blue. Thoughts? My last resort, would be a white. You can find a white Jazzmaster pretty easily, I want something different.
  23. Hi guys, what a wonderful forum this is! I stumbled upon this place whilst trying to find a way to do some mods to my Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster guitar. Great guitar, but since I don't use the Rhythm circuit that much, and I found this topic => http://www.jag-stang.com/forum/topic/5868-help-jaguar-wiring-mod/ with this picture I wondered if a similar thing could be done to the Jazzmaster? This is like perfection in my eyes. The jazzmaster would kill with these kind of options. So, any diagram depicting this mod but for the Jazz floating around? I can't seem to find it. Thank you so much guys.
  24. I'm thinking of building a Jazzmaster, and I've heard that the guys at Mojo Tone make really awesome custom pickups. Thoughts? And are they Expensive? Also thinking of putting a humbucker into a jazz master cover.
  25. So i'm thinking about getting a Jazzmaster. I've had my eye on the Classic Player's Jazzmaster for a bit of time but, I have a few concerns. http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-Classic-Player-Jazzmaster-Special-Electric-Guitar-104907183-i1397677.gc 1.The Bridge I've heard that people usually have problems with string popping out on the stock Jazzmaster Bridges. Do you guys have a preference between the mustang bridge and the mastery bridge? 2 The Pickups I've played the Vintage Modified Jazzmaster before, and it was a pretty good sounding guitar. Are the stock pickups on the classic any beefier, i've thought about swapping out the bridge pickup for a Lollar P-90 or a Curtis Novak PAF style Humbucker. I play alot of alternative rock, mainly Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, etc. Some suggestions would be awesome. Thanks!
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