It’ll condition it and moisturize it. And it’ll look really good. It’s typically something that should be done a couple times per year (but never on maple finger boards).
It’s relatively cheap. I try and do it twice a year after I polish my frets.
Jim Dunlop lemon oil
Here's an example of what you're trying to do.
You'll want a Tele bridge plate for Bigsby. Then route and sink JM/JAG bridge thimbles so you can use a JM/Jag bridge for the tremolo.
Here’s the material I used. I printed some templates for the pickup routes and used the old pick guard and control plates together to trace out this shape.
No drilling required! Vibramate makes an adapter plate for this
If I’m not mistaken, I think any regular Jazzmaster pickguard will work just fine. Here’s one on Amazon. A couple reviews say that it fit a Squier JM just fine.
Just the thing for ya.
Here you go. I use these for anything that needs retro fitting and they're basically the same price as a pair of fender vintage tuners.
Cheaper on Amazon:
It’s a Les Paul style switch. I modded the shit out of my bullet mustang so ask me anything
Congrats! I have one of these and it's my favorite guitar in my collection. Get a proper intonation and setup with some .11's and you've got yourself a super versatile instrument. Here is a budget friendly case that has held up for me.
Got this 5-guitar stand and I could finally put half of the collection together.
Guitars from left to right (and their names for fun):
- Fender Jazzmaster CME Classic Player Special (Jane)
- Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH (unnamed)
- Gretsch Electromatic G5435 Pro Jet (Penny)
- Gretsch Electromatic G5238 Pro Jet Goldtop (Gadget)
- G&L Legacy Tribute Special (Fucker)
Link to stand:
Hey, thanks very much! The knobs are from Amazon, they're not the highest quality but they get the job done and I love the look as well. Initially they fit the 6mm splined pots I had in the guitar, but I changed to 1/4" shafts and I actually drilled out the brass sleeve in these knobs to fit. They're not perfectly centered because I drilled them out by hand, but they have a set screw so it works out. Link below :)
Thanks! I haven't been able to find a specific Squier one, so I went with this Amazon one
after using the schematic they have to compare dimensions with my stock guard. Someone on here suggested the "Dopro Jazzmaster pickguard" on Amazon, that looked like it would work too but I liked this color better. It really only took 5-10 minutes to get it to fit, I used a sharpie wrapped in sandpaper and worked the bridge holes inward and closer together, only need to widen the hole like 2mm in one direction. I also added more shielding tape, the stock guard had aluminum tape at both bouts while the new one only had tape around the lower controls. I had some aluminum duct tape around from other projects so I trimmed and added some, including a strip between the pickups to connect both sides. Every single screw lined up perfectly, the controls lined up perfectly, I was really impressed what $10 got me! Oh, I did need to add 2 layers of business card between the pickguard and the rhythm rollers bracket, that lowered them enough that they didn't scrape on the guard and it was easier than filing the roller openings a few mms. While I was in there, I also took off the tremolo plate and flipped over the two outermost screws to avoid any potential interference with the E strings. I was actually impressed with the quality of the trem system, just kinda wish it had the period-correct slide lock.
Can confirm /u/whatever_dad 's post , I purchased this and put it on my J Mascis Squier, very close fit, no drilling, and inexpensive. The only thing I'd say is that the rhythm circuit knobs are buried a bit since they mount the same and you're essentially switching from a one ply to a 3 ply pickguard but I don't mind it at all. It keeps me from adjusting them accidentally. Since the gold pickguard was insulated I bought copper tape and insulated the new one, though I don't know if I really needed to.
I got the mint one and it was lighter than the photos on Amazon but looks great with the "vintage white" of the body. I took my gold pickguard off because I didn't like the thunk it made when I hit it with my pick.
I purchased this guy for my squire JM Jazzmaster and fit wise, it fit perfectly. I ended up switching back to the gold pickguard as ultimately I like the gold better anesthetically, but the actual pickguard was pretty good, came with hardware, and a bit of shielding for the volume and tone pots.
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Yes, it's typically called a "grub screw." Dynamic vibrato parts are notoriously hard to come across in the wild; I've had to buy entire assemblies in the past just to get a couple parts I needed. You could try reaching out to Fender Support to see if they can help.
If I recall correctly, MIM and MIJ use metric M5 hex head screws. Any type and length of M5 should work, but finding one short enough (or with no head) short enough to fit and not stick out from the side may be difficult. If you have a local hardware store that sells machine screws (Lowes or Home Depot in a pinch), take the cigar with you so you can test fit before buying.
You could also get something like this or this, though those are a bit overkill :)
>Anybody know what they are called and if they could be purchased?
Might be able to use the strat trem arm springs available here?
Can't find anything on the other part –
My solution has always been to just wrap the threads with blue plumbers tape. Makes for a tight slop-free fit.
"The saddle grooves were so shallow that the high E would pop out constantly in normal playing."
5 dollars? Good lord that's a lotta money!
I recently just purchased a mosrite style from Amazon. Supposedly 9.5”
The posts are smaller so I gotta do some machining to make fit. Won’t be for a while tho
Yeah, I bet that’d look good 👍
I’ll probably go with one of these Perri’s Black Leather, they seem to be a pretty good deal
I’ve commented this on a different post about another supersonic:
“I highly recommend replacing the stock saddles with graph tech saddles and use at least 10s for strings. I also use these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NYWB3Z8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_KA7CTAYRKRMY630SPFTS?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
The paranormal supersonics have a spacer for the trees. I use the shorter spacer with the stock screws for the heavier strings, and use the tree as is for the lighter strings.
Graphite is your friend put it on your nut slots!”
Winding the strings the “right” way also helps.
These are mine.
As some people already said you’re winding the strings the “wrong” way.
I highly recommend replacing the stock saddles with graph tech saddles and use at least 10s for strings. I also use these:
The paranormal supersonics have a spacer for the trees. I use the shorter spacer with the stock screws for the heavier strings and use the tree as is for the lighter strings.
Graphite is your friend put it on your nut slots!
Just did some digging and surprised I found it! I ordered this one on amazon. I do want to note that one of the screw holes isn't quite aligned (just to the right of the switch in the photo) but I don't mind it missing a single screw. Hope it works for you!
I believe mine were just some cheap Allpart pots I picked up at a local music store but these should work just fine and you won’t have to get new knobs or anything:
500K Pots (pack of 4)
I had some issues with my Mustang when I first got so some other upgrades you might consider is a Graphtech nut and a maybe a new bridge, but that’s all up to you!
That’s more than you need.
SPTA Mini Polishing Machine Buffer Rotary Polisher Auto Detailing Superpolish with 27Pcs Detail Polishing Pad Mix Size Kit Buffing Pad and 75mm,100mm,140mm M14 Thread Extension Shaft https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H3T7BYZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_ZE3S7VEA365PRV6R320T?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
But also there are buffing pads you can add to a orbital sander or a drill that could do the job
I picked it up on Amazon here. It did require a bit of work when it arrived, there were a couple frets slightly lifting off the board, and some of the worse fret sprouting I have ever experienced. It's great after setting up, but the QC is lacking.
The little gold chickadee on the headstock is just a Gwen Frostic sticker I put on all my builds.
Jay Turser is one of many companies that rebadge budget import guitars. You can get a nearly identical guitar from IYV and Harley Benton. I’d bet money they’re all made in the same factory.
I was not a fan of the Tele or the Strat version, but took notice of the re-positioned Jazzmaster knobs (unlikely to get in the way of strummers), the updated piezo, and updated modelling technology. It might be a near-perfect home studio guitar. Not a plug for my blog, but I've fully reviewed it on here, but am happy to discuss.
First off, I'd like to dismiss the notion that this guitar looks and feels like a toy: It does not. It feels like a $2K finely crafted instrument (with cutting edge electronics). This isn't a Danelectro, this Acoustasonic is built like a tank in Fender's USA Custom Shop. The C shaped neck is comfortable, and has the largest frets I've ever seen on a guitar!
So let's talk about what the guitar is: It's a very interesting guitar that has active piezo pickups under the bridge as well as a bridge-position humbucker. There is the Fender 5-way toggle switch, which serves to turn on 2 of 10 sounds (that's 2 accessible sounds at a time), with very flexible blend features to dial in desirable model/eq combinations. 1-3 have 2 modelled acoustics (A&B banks) with the blend knob giving you a wider tonal palette, and switch position 4-5 cover the electric territory that the humbucker provides. Again, that blend knob is going to be your best friend here. I never thought I'd get rich sounds like this from a thinner, bedroom acoustic.
How do the acoustic sounds stand up on their own? Can their dreadnaught setting stand up to my Martin HD28V? Not a chance: The Acoustasonic doesn't play nice with alternate tunings, at least mine does not. But in a rock or pop mix my Acoustasonic will get me 90% "there" with any standard tuning- even with a capo. For those who've heard that the guitar won't stay in tune: It's a $2K guitar. It stays in tune.
My advice to those guitarists looking for something that covers so much in one guitar is to try one out. You may like it.
witch hat knobs
You can get these Rockinger conversion thimbles and one of these ABR style bridges with roller saddles. Just be aware that if you have a JM with a vintage fretboard radius, it’ll end up mismatched.
They’re hard to come by these days, but this one’s a good start:
Lupin III (Lupin the 3rd): Greatest Heists - The Classic Manga Collection https://www.amazon.com/dp/164827563X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_V9151Z60APKMPX75N9KS
Here you go, baby
Gotoh Vintage Style Bridge https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EB12138/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Didn't have any string spacing issues at all.
Sorry for the delay guys! Overall it’s actually very good especially for $140. Literally everything 3legged_dog_ said. It’s on par with a Squier IMO. Bone nut, straight neck, only this one color from what I’ve seen. After I got the paint off I exposed that massive chip in the back but they filled it in an painted over it very nicely…I had no idea it was even there. Overall really nice! Obviously with a little money, time, and effort it can be a whole lot nicer! I’m in USA but here’s the Amazon link and they actually have some in stock which doesn’t last long!
Amazon… it’s a String Swing rack… really pleased with it!
String Swing Guitar Stand for 6 Electric or Bass, or 3 Acoustic Guitars for Home or Studio (CC34) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CBISHS6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_R8PEB8MSB5YYCF4PTWJA?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I HIGHLY doubt that that is a hand built guitar, it appears to be a refinished import, and a particularly cheap import at that:
Ivy Mustang Copy
The same body is sold with a different neck as a Harley Benton MS-60
I have an extra set of 11s laying around so that won't be an issue. Got all my fret stuff. What kind of neck shims do you recommend? I don't want to pay $13 for a single shim from Stewart if I don't have to. I saw these on Amazon but I don't know if it *needs* to be tapered.
I was thinking these. If I understand your problem correctly, they should solve it. (Apologies if I'm misunderstanding.)
Best to replace them with something "vintage style" like these Gotohs. Double check the specs but this should work. There are other Gotoh vintage style locking tuners too. Worth a search.
You should get a Toronado bridge and make it into a quasi Duo-Sonic II. This was always my plan with these. I just need to buy one first!
Three words: Fiebing's Leather Dye. Works like a charm. Go with dark brown or black, and make sure to use painter's tape to tape off the areas you don't want to be dyed.
I don't know if you're still looking but I just swapped the pickguard out on my Sonic Blue CV Jazzmaster and it fits perfectly.
I bought this one from fender, apparently any of them made for AVRI JMs will fit.
I really want a gold one but they seem to be very tough to find.
They're straight up Grolsh Bottle Washers. Like the ones they use for their beer. Bought one pack and now I never need to buy Strap Locks ever again.
Maybe? I don't know if your guitar has original potentiometers. Here is a little run down is shaft styles. If you have a micrometer you can tell for sure. Between ebay, amazon or aliexpress you're bound to find something that fits. Like I said, the "V" and "T" knobs are hard to come by, so find something that looks cool to you. Something like this looks cool to me with that vintage futuristic vibe. looks like it would be on old spaceship. Look at us chattin' about knobs.
So, first off congrats on an awesome mod foundation. i look at all my squiers as mod platforms, as that's what most of them are. the paranormal series has been great though! I have a squier cyclone (shell pink) and the toronado (lake placid blue), and have modded the tuners and the pickups on both. Ryan from 60 cycle hum did an extensive 2 series reviews on the guitar you just got, and you should check it out. it took him a lot to get it 'stable'.
Personally, I put a trem block on the trem in the cyclone. the squier trems are completely unusable without HOURS of balancing, and they're just not worth it for me. you might consider that as a cheap 'git er done' fix after new tuners. SPEAKING of tuners, i use these for all my squier mods and i have zero tuning issues with them:
Nice guitar, let us know how you make out with it.
Wow, that's great! Thank you so much for all your help.
One more question if you don't mind. Are these what you got and is there any difference between them?
Amazon I think! It was a little pricey ($17 I think - and the tip is sold separate) but it fits the AVRI collet perfectly and coming from a strat I really like the shape. I agree that the trem arm is an integral part of the guitar. I wish they weren’t so hard to find. Here’s a link: Fender American Vintage... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LJY31D4?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Seems that it would give you plenty of space. You can check the specs on Amazon since Fender's site doesn't explain all details.
Here's the link that uses inches like the link you posted does: https://www.amazon.com/Squier-Fender-Classic-Jaguar-Electric/dp/B07N28N6DV
I've looked at doing this exact mod a couple of times in the year+ I've had my JMJM.
Currently, I'm using this roller TOM bridge off Amazon. Even though I haven't added any shims to the inner saddles to bring it closer to the 9.5" neck radius, it's working much better than the stock bridge. And best part, zero modifications to the guitar. The thimbles for this bridge actually just dropped into the stock thimbles, although I did add a few wraps of teflon tape to snug them up a bit. (I already had an extra ground wire going to my vibrato so I wasn't worried about losing the bridge ground). I'm extremely happy with this bridge so far, will likely get better once I get it to the 9.5" radius.
But, at some point I plan to do this mod as well so I can decide which one of these "zero mod" mods I prefer. Interesting to hear about the Graphtech saddles though, I'm quite the fan of their TusqXL nuts, but may stay away from the saddles judging from your experience.
No, I don't think that will work, the saddles mount completely differently. And if it would, it would still end up being a 12" radius bridge.
And for reference, this is the bridge I got: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JLHA55C
Basically a generic Wilkinson locking roller bridge.
Any of the 60s era equivalent 17 hole pickguards should work. If you want to go the inexpensive route, Musiclily has good ones on Amazon that will fit the CV. Great playing guitar btw, changing the blah dark brown pickguard was one of the first things I did as well.
I just got this case for my offset tele. It fits well enough? Mine is mostly to protect the guitar from my little kids than anything else.
I bought one of these for my vintera jazzmaster to put under the pick guard when I swapped the tort guard for a white one and it helped a lot with the noise. It wasn’t anywhere close to what you are hearing with yours but it might help?
3 Ply Jazzmaster Pickguard - Mint
I covered the back with copper foil tape for shielding.
The cutouts for the rhythm circuit weren’t perfect, had to trim a little to get the switch to fully slide into position.
Mine also had 2 layers of protective film. Thought the finish was messed up before I noticed the second layer.
For $12, can’t go wrong.
I bought this one. It fits the Squier classic vibes, but required a little finagling to get everything lined up. And still some of the screw holes ended up like 1mm off and had to be massaged in place. But not bad for $12.
Something like this is a good option.
I assume you’re talking about the mint one? I picked both that and the aged pearloid for this pink one off of a company on amazon. I think the quality is great for the price, the celluloid looks fantastic in person and the construction is solid. However I definitely do NOT recommend the tort guards they have. They look like super cheap screen prints of tort patterns.
Since you mentioned EB and I have heard of it before- I found these but it seems you can't pick different thicknesses on Amazon?
I have no basis though because I've never used any other strings
Should I try getting a couple different kinds of strings?
I found these but it seems you can't pick different thicknesses on Amazon?
I recommend you get one of those jewelers type screwdrivers that has a normal sized bit in it. Something like this.
I totally understand your issue though, Tele and Strats have the same issue. It’s very difficult to set the screws since they are so close to the body.
Thanks! I will look into it, but since i'm not from the US, it will cost me $175.
Currently considering this one:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003B03E0Y/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza
It's the Japanese reissue version, comes without the arm but the Squier one should fit right in. and it goes for $50!
Saw a post that someone had bought the Daphne Blue strap on Facebook. I immediately looked it up and found these on Fender’s site. Which then led me to amazon, where they were $21. Now I have a Surf Green one arriving tomorrow.
Here’s the amazon link for those that may want one. Fender Original Strap
Final advice for locking tuners - if you don’t already have one, buy a string winder with some string clippers attached like this !
It's technically "sonic blue"...here's Fender's product page for it.
It's just barely blue though. More white than anything, though in some pictures it almost looks glow in the dark green.
I've purchased one of these in the past from Amazon, but my wife has a vinyl cutting/craft machine thing and you buy really any color vinyl and load an image of the stripe you want and it will cut it out...so suddenly I've got more options than I can handle lol. Good problem, just can't decide!
I'm with you on that one - I don't generally use trem, so I've been thinking of replacing the bridge with this: https://www.amazon.com/Danelectro-Intonatable-Bridge-DC3-Chrome/dp/B0002IZQLS
But for now, I also need to refill/redrill one of the holes. In my taking apart the guitar, since I didn't know how the bridge worked, I accidentally put too much pressure on one of the screws and sent it a few degrees in.
Probably thinking either of the Bass VI the Baritone Jazzmaster
I thought teles and strats were technically offset guitars... to answer what you're asking though Troy Van Leeuwen was a big part of it. Also Fu Manchu put a jaguar on the cover of one of their albums and the guitar alone was a statement of how cool they are. Said album cover I used to teach guitar lessons at a shop that had a modern player jaguar and I really liked the way it played and sounded. I usually play gibson style guitars and that modern player model has a lot of gibson/epiphone qualities to it. I bought a modern player jaguar online on Sunday and I'm very excited for it to show up.
This thing sounds really good with single coils pickups - a little too dark for my taste with humbuckers.
Paul Gilbert demos the TC Mojomojo
"Cowabunga! The Surf Box Set" and "Surf Age Nuggets" have some really great songs on them. With Nuggets getting pretty gritty and garagey. Some of the bands are terrible, like you can tell they picked up instruments a few months ago as they go through a guitar scale... but some of the songs are really special. The thing is that there aren't too many super complete albums from the same bands since there are so many flashes in the pan, but see what you think.
Ah, gotcha. I don't know if a Jag or Jazzmaster is the best bet for you if the cost of a screwdriver is an issue (you can find them for less than a dollar where I am). I find the stock bridge to need pretty constant work, and you need tools for that.
Maybe check your local classifieds to see if you can find cheap used tools? Sometimes you find buckets of screwdrivers for a few dollars at yard sales and second hand shops. If you can find something like this, you'll have all the tools you need for setting up any guitar.
Or, look for a tele. The damn things are just so simple.