It seems the Staytrem bridge must be taller than the stock design Jaguar bridge. Either that, or the neck heel is too deep. The action on the Jaguar is well above what you'd call normal - even with the bridge screwed all the way down to the deck. Fortunately - there's a cure.
As with most projects, all the individual elements build one on another - each relying on the quality and accuracy of the previous steps. So fitting the pickups feels a little bit like putting the pinnacle on a house of cards. Here's hoping all my preparation leads to an easy installation.
The pickups for the Jaguar have arrived! Time to pull this project together - well, see if I can wrap up the construction anyway. I need to make sure the neck is good to go - so it's in the best possible shape for the first setup.
I have a copy of an original, hand-drawn, Fender wiring diagram I found on the web. It's dated 7th August 1962. That's exactly the same week I was born, (and the same week Marylin Monroe passed). As I've mentioned before in previous posts - to me, the Jaguar design totally encapsulates that era. Rockets, chrome, conical bras, spacemen, surfboards, cars with fins. You can see it all in the lines of a Fender Jaguar. And it's one of the reasons I embarked on this whole project to begin with.
In the original, 1962 Jaguar design, all the ground side of the circuit ran via a series of linked, brass plates which fitted into the bottom of each recess cavity. However I end up doing the wiring - I'll have to replicate this function in some way or other.
I've got a pair of pickups and a wiring harness on order. In the meanwhile, it's time to tidy everything up and get ready.
A quick change to the standard specification - but one which comes highly recommended.
It could still all go horribly wrong...
There are six holes to drill in the newly polished Jaguar body, so that the chrome tremolo plate can be fitted over the large cutout.
The urban dictionary has an entirely different meaning - Hmmm. But polishing this Jaguar is actually quite a "Zen" way to spend a dull autumn day.