...just call me "Four-Jags!"...
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.
The upgrade to a Fender "Jimmy Page Signature" custom neck, finally completes my "Dragoncaster" project build, in some style.
Although the weather isn't currently the best for spraying lacquer - I can usually manage smaller jobs, like necks and headstocks by preparing the spray booth well, and keeping the workshop warm. It looks like I'll be waiting a while for my custom JagStang body, but I might as well crack on with the neck.
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.
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.
That's the way it goes sometimes. Guitars get rotated around, and sometimes you don't play a particular favourite for ages. I recently started a few modifications on my Ash Stratocaster and, looking around for an alternative to hand, I took my White Jag out of its' case for the first time in ages. I get to have a good long look at an old favourite with "new eyes", and the benefit of a good few months working on other projects.
The tinted nitro finish on the Dragoncaster neck has now had plenty of time to cure properly. I've been waiting to fit the neck, so I can push on with fitting the guitar out, but my current ocular situation means I can't really deal with much detail work. I can't just sit here though. Stuff to do.
The International CITES regulations, regarding the import and export of various hardwoods, have been with us for a while now - but some knock-on effects are becoming apparent. Finding a 1959 style, rosewood, slab fingerboard neck for the Jimmy Page Tribute, "Dragoncaster" project has proved a difficult task.
The Jaguar brought a new set of challenges. Nitro finishing, a fiddly wiring job and a bit of shimming to compensate for a higher bridge. The winter months have meant that the workshop is uncomfortably cold to work in - so the final finishing has been mostly done in the warmth of the kitchen. Over the last month or so, I've managed to finish both the Jaguar and the Strummercaster. Time to step back and have a look at what's been achieved.