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.
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?
I stripped this MIJ P-Bass down last year, and upgraded it to be a bit more representative of the classic "57" it was always intended to be. It's been a while, but I've now had plenty of playing time to appreciate how a little stylistic refresh, and general tidy up, can sometimes breathe new life into an instrument.