A properly cut bone nut is one of the keys to great tone – but cutting one properly can be a challenge. Even with the right tools and a refined approach – it can take a while. But it’s well worth the effort.
I can finally see well enough to drop some Creamery “Alt 88″Jaguar pickups into my Custom spec Fender “US Original ’60’s” Jaguar. I’m wiring them up with a “Johnny Marr” schematic, and I’m especially looking forward to testing out the additional “neck and bridge in series” combination.
I’ve got a couple of small jobs scheduled this week. First off – I want to replace the Fender Mute on my CAR Original ’60’s Jaguar…
Fitting my customised Musikraft Jaguar neck onto my Candy Apple Red “Original ’60’s” Jaguar body. Featuring some new Gotoh SD-510 tuners, and a StewMac neck shim.
Custom built Fender Jaguar USA. Candy Apple Red headstock finish – Flatting the decals, and polishing out
Finishing the painted headstock on my Musikraft custom Jaguar neck. A few gremlins in the detail – but maybe I just have to live with some of my practical limitations, and focus on the overall effect.
Applying authentic looking headstock decals seems such a simple task, at first. But it’s a lengthy process, and there are many potential pitfalls along the way…
It’s going to be tough to exactly colour match the finish on my Fender body – but I should be able to get reasonably close…
It’s quite usual for most of my project builds to evolve over time. However – I don’t usually start the process of upgrading before a project’s actually completed…
It might seem like overkill to some – but I want to properly shield my USA Custom Jaguar body with some copper foil. While I’m at it – I can sort out a few grounding issues
Covid Lockdowns seem to be the perfect time to obsess with small details. I’ve been putting this off for a while now – but I’m finally going to fix some hardware to my Custom Fender USA Jaguar
Things are beginning to grind with the third UK Covid lockdown. There’s precious little to keep me occupied on my various projects. It’s times like these when simply fitting some tuners is enough to entertain.
Custom built Fender Jaguar USA. Scratchplate and Control Plate fitting. The importance of planning ahead
When it comes to scratchplates – the fit is all important. In fact, scratchplates can often be a cause of huge frustration when piecing together a build. Especially – it seems – on a Jaguar.
It’s not much of a job – but Covid lockdowns, Brexit and the Christmas holidays have all slowed things down recently. The arrival of a new neck for my Custom USA Jaguar is a welcome boost.
One of the “received truths” about the Jaguar – seems to be that the original bridge design is at fault for just about everything – (although there are a whole series of common mods which address some sonic characteristics as well). With the bridge however – many of the “fixes” appear to cause problems, or unwanted knock-on effects, themselves.
…what does that mean for the setup itself? Is there a way to achieve a perfect balance between archtop form, and solid-body function?
Comparing the various Jaguar bridge options got me thinking. I just couldn’t work out what that Fender Tune-o-matic bridge was trying to achieve. Since I plan to have a few offsets to set up over the next few months, I need to work out how to solve some of the technical differences which make Stratocasters and Jaguars so, apparently, different. I began to realise, I’d have to look at things in a different way…
With two new offset projects, and an existing Jaguar build to upgrade – I need to make a few choices. I’ve collected a few different bridge options over the past few months. Now might be a good time to go through the options, and work out which bridge might best suit each build.
I regularly modify previous builds in order to learn more about how they work, and to try and improve on my original results. I’m always in search of the best quality instrument I can put together. Unfortunately, the situation with my eyesight is making some of the processes more difficult. Maybe it’s time to leave some of it to the experts, for a change.