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Robert Smith Black Jazzmaster Project

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I am working on putting together a black Jazzmaster from different parts I have.

I traded for this neck about a month ago. It is a WD neck with a nice big headstock. I added a decal.

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DSC02262 by Hentai No Baka, on Flickr

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DSC02260 by Hentai No Baka, on Flickr

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The pickguard is a MIJ tortoise guard that came on my Olympic White Jazzmaster. Since I put a Mint guard on it, I thought I would use this on the project. The pickups are also the ones from the White Jazzmaster. I had swapped them for Antiquity II's. I got the black covers from some left over Blacktop Jazzmaster neck pickups. The other parts I installed today I had laying around. (Jack, knobs, and toggle from Blacktop Jazzmaster work, 1meg pots, and a on/on switch.)

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DSC02320 by Hentai No Baka, on Flickr

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They are going in a black MIJ Jazzmaster body that I should be getting Tuesday. It has a TOM bridge on it, but I will need to get a tremolo. I also need to get the roller bracket, pots, and wheels as well and some neck screws to finish this off. When I am done, it should look kind of like this.

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Jazzmaster by Hentai No Baka, on Flickr

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One question I do have is my diagram shows the neck pickup leads pointing towards the rollers and the brige ones pointing towards the jack like pictured below. Is this correct? All the diagrams I found look like they are done that way.

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DSC02318 by Hentai No Baka, on Flickr

I think the other ones I did I set up like below though. (Where both pickups are rotated the same direction.)

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Some updated images and progress. Mostly waiting on parts. :)

Here is how the black body came. The "routing" was done with a drill. Looked like a sponge really.

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DSC02326 by Hentai No Baka, on Flickr

Decided to route it as flat as I could and restore it by gluing wood blocks in to get it back up to the right height.

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DSC02327 by Hentai No Baka, on Flickr

Routed flat for glueing. (The holes were deeep.)

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Wood glued in.

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Added resin to the gaps.

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Painted the work and you can barely tell there was repair work done. :)

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New goal is to use a mint guard I have coming in and parchement knobs.

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Jazzmaster2 by Hentai No Baka, on Flickr

All the parts are on their way here. Will do another update once I get it all together. :)

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Changed my mind again. Decided to go Robert Smith with this one. Parts came today so lots of work happened. Sadly a few parts did not come, so I wasn't able to finish it, but it is mostly done.

Drilled and dremeled the pickguard and routed the body for the Teisco pickup.

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DSC02447 by Hentai No Baka, on Flickr

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Not perfect, but it will work. Got to work wiring while the paint dried.

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Here is how it looks. BAM! (Just missing pickup screws and my bridge and thimbles.... The bridge is on backorder. )

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DSC02464 by Hentai No Baka, on Flickr

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Jealous! damn that came out good! Another awesome job.

Thanks! It was a fun build. I kind of want to replace the bridge on it. I got a cheap one thinking it wouldn't be a big deal and kind of regret it. Next time I change the strings I guess. :)

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Looks great!! I am not a big fan of this particular buzz stop, but other than that, this Jazzmaster looks classy!

Thanks! I don't really think Jazzy's need them, just added it because of the guitar I was doing a version of had one. It does make a difference. Eventually I need to upgrade the bridge or something. The cheap Jazzmaster style bridge really sucks.

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