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Longtime nirvana and jagstang fan. I’m currently building a Warmoth jagstang and can’t make my mind up on the bridge/tremolo. I have a cobain signature mustang with the fender dynamic vibrato and TOM bridge. I’ve read the TOM bridge can only be used with a neck shim on a Warmoth jagstang so to me it’s a no go since I’m not interested in neck shims.

I have never played on a mustang bridge or Warmoths modified mustang bridge. Anyone have experience we these and can tell me pros and cons of both? How they differ from the TOM bridge? I feel like not having the Tom would be a downgrade? 

Alternatively, I was thinking of just going with a fixed bridge such as a fender toronado to eliminate the tremolo all together but feel that kind of takes away from the jagstang concept.

Any help is appreciated!

 

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I have both the Cobain signature mustang with TOM bridge, a 97 Jagstang with mustang bridge and a Warmoth jaguar with Staytrem bridge (which is essentially an improved Mustang bridge). The biggest difference to me is that the TOM is a little bid easier to adjust (intonation, raising or lowering the action). However the mustang bridge has the right radius (7.25" while TOM's are generally 12").  To me it's a matter of personal preference and I much prefer the Staytrem bridge I have on my Jaguar since it has the right radius and has a little bit smaller string spacing.
And the mustang or staytrem bridge is a little bit easier on the hand when palm muting

And why the big no-no on neck shims ???

I use it on my jaguar and it's the best resonating guitar i have. It makes especially jaguar bridges more reliable and easier to adjust.

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I’m more accepting of the shims now. I’m going with the tremolo and warmoth modified mustang bridge. My biggest concern now is picking a neck considering finding a fender Mustang or a jaguar neck  over warmoth possibly. Anyone chime in on what type neck they used for their warmoth jagstang build? 

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If you want to stay true to the original, try to find a MIJ mustang neck.

They're also some of the slimmest Fender necks you can find. If you can live with the vintage frets and a 7.25 radius. 

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