Having changed the neck on my Candy Apple Red Jaguar - I now need to dial in the neck action, and check all of the previous setup perameters
Setting up and personalising the action on my customised "Original '60's" Fender Jaguar
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.
Stringing, and setting up my DIY replica, Wilko Johnson Fender Telecaster. Do heavier-than-usual strings make a difference?
The latest incarnation of my Jimmy Page "Dragon" Telecaster project build. I'm seriously running out of upgrade options now...
Sometimes, trying to capture the intrinsic character of a particular instrument is more rewarding than merely grafting on the latest and greatest upgrades. In some ways, retro-fitting a standard type bridge to my Jaguar, might be seen as a step backwards. But with a Fender Mute, Flatwound strings and a bit of a tweak to the geometry - I think I've brought it closer to it's 60's roots.
So if I try to work with some of the Jaguar's unique design features, take a good look at the principles at work, and treat the bridge more like I might on an archtop - what is that going to mean for the setup itself? Is there a way to achieve a perfect balance between solid-body form and archtop function?
After swapping out the original HOSCO neck, for a Fender neck with a rosewood fingerboard - the "Dragoncaster" somehow looks and feels a whole lot more authentic. It might not be a Vintage '59 slab board - but it does have something of the essence, and it finally finishes the build off properly. Time to wrap another project up.
As I've gradually grown my collection of completed builds - I think this natural Ash Stratocaster is the one which has taught me the most. Consequently - just about every component has been swapped out, at least once, over the last couple of years. With the latest modifications however... I think it might finally be where I want it to be.
Earlier on this year, I finished off my "Dragoncaster" with a HOSCO neck. This was always a compromise. Due to the CITES restrictions then in place, I didn't have much of a choice when it came to vintage style, rosewood boarded necks. Fortunately, the CITES restrictions have recently been amended, and I have a chance to upgrade to something much more suitable.