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What bridges can replace factory STANDARD Tune-o-Matic?


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I have an ‘02–‘04 Crafted in Japan Fender Jaguar.

It came with a Tune-o-Matic bridge: the original/standard kind, with 4mm threaded posts and thumbwheels, mounted at a slight diagonal. The threaded posts/studs are screwed directly into the body wood—there are no pots/bushings/thimbles.

My question is, what are my options for replacing/upgrading the bridge using the existing posts (i.e. without having new post-holes drilled)? From what i can tell, all the Mastery, Stay-Trem and Mustang options all mount on 6mm posts (+/- thimbles).

(For what it’s worth, my main issue with the ToM in the first place is that it makes the action insanely high, even with the bridge set at its lowest height. I tried shimming the neck but it hasn’t helped much, except to also add some fret buzz [which is irritating given how high the strings still are at the high end of the fretboard...]

I did already try a tuneomatic-style bridge with roller bridges, which fit perfectly on the existing posts, but the saddles buzz/“plink” badly — I am guessing the diagonal orientation of the bridge posts means that the strings aren’t sitting squarely in the saddle grooves.)

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Staytrem make an excellent mustang style bridge that will work. Take off the ToM and unscrew the mounting posts. Screw in the Staytrem fittings and pop the new bridge on. Check out the Staytrem site. I have Staytrem bridges on a 65 Reissue Mustang and an American Pro Jag and can recommend them.

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