As a consequence, the action becomes lower and strings will begin choking out and even stop ringing altogether. Free shipping . The most dangerous time of year for your wallets is here. Fender has introduced new Jaguar and Jazzmaster guitars in the Classic Player line. This wouldn’t have been an issue for jazz players with heavy flatwound strings, which as the name suggests were the target audience for the Jazzmaster. I didn't want to hijack the other JM bridge thread, but is there a drop in replacement for a 9.5 radius Classic Player Jazzmaster bridge? The guitar is very clean and very striking. The posts went straight into the thimbles, so I re-tightened the base screws and then retracted the post grub screws to lower the bridge height. If this is the case with your guitar, you may decide to change the thimbles as well as the bridge. The shielding has to be grounded, so I attach a couple of solder tags to the side of the control cavity with a self-tapping screw. This is a 2015 Fender Classic Player Jaguar in black finish. In practice the grub screws can be too loose and prolonged vibration and whammy bar action can cause them to retract within the posts. In 1958, Fender began using threaded saddles on some of their guitars – Telecasters got them, along with the new Jazzmaster model. I have ordered a Mastery Bridge and a Staytrem tremolo upgrade. The latest guitar news, reviews and features delivered to your inbox. The Classic Player Jazz is a simple gutiar with excellent sounding pickups. Also note that the main volume and tone pots have to be twisted away from the edges to fit because there’s not much wriggle room in the control cavities. Genuine Fender Classic Player Jaguar/Jazzmaster Tremolo Arm, 007-7422-049. Here's a pretty good thread on it: LanceM71 nailed it. Converting to a standard JM/Jag bridge or Staytrem isn't too tough, but it's not a straight drop-in. The Mastery has worked great for me. The idea behind this was that the multi-grooved design would allow players to set their own string spacing – and with a nice steep break angle over the saddle they work well enough. Posted by 1 year ago. It's the first time the guitar virtuoso has collaborated with the rising Canadian singer. However, I finally just pulled the trigger when I broke a string at a gig, and watching 4/6 of my saddles shoot off into the crowd. It's set up the way I like it, doesn't buzz at all (I don't have a buzzstop on it) and the strings NEVER pop off of it (I use .11's). I have a '60 JM on which the bridge is OK-suggests gunk build-up over the years must stabilize it; as such, would not some type of artificial gunk on the parts (clear nail polish, etc) help? The October 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! Almost gone. On the Classic Player Jaguar, Fender have made some changes to the bridge and tremolo to combat these issues, such as moving the tremolo unit forward creating a sharper break angle. I've played Jags/Jazzmasters for years and I've tried everything. However, it never really caught on with jazzers, and the surfers, garage-rockers and noiseniks who took the instrument to heart have generally had to retro-fit a Mustang bridge as a drop-in replacement. DIY Workshop: Jazzmaster Bridge & Wiring Upgrades Most Jazzmaster lovers will concede that the classic stock bridge is something of a bête noire when used with modern strings. It’s well worth it. Player Jazzmaster®, Pau Ferro Fingerboard, Capri Orange. My Johnny Marr Jag has the Mustang bridge, but if you hit a string too hard it will spin the barrels which is very annoying. © 2020 Guitar.com is a member of the media division of BandLab Technologies. The posts are inserted into cups or ‘thimbles’ that are pressed into the body and a long Allen key can be directed through the centre of the post to set the bridge height at each end. I got the Mastery and it automatically: The main reason is that the Staytrem bridge is fairly new as an aftermarket part so for years and years the Mastery was the only great option out there. We agreed that it was too bad Fender hadn’t come up with a more rugged bridge design. Thanks guys for your input! Offset body and the black color looks great. I got the Mastery and it automatically: This is a really nice write up. The bridge features the original pivoting design: the support posts fit into recessed body bushings, and rest on height-adjustable Allen screws. You may have noticed that the pickups still haven’t been installed. The outward differences between the Strat and the Jazzmaster are obvious, but one of Jazzmaster’s groundbreaking features hides under the cover. In addition, saddle heights can be set at each end to conform to various fingerboard radiuses. That's cool, but it's also of more limited practical value, I think, than what is accomplished with the mastery design, which is what caused (some) people to leave mustang bridges behind as a solution. I left my guitar to my tech for Trem Stabilizer installation, this happened. I know Mastery makes great bridges, but I don't know if they make a 9.5 radius bridge. Instead I decide to use sticky backed copper foil to line the body cavities and found the foil and a shield at allparts.uk.com. Chrome-plated bridge assembly with six fully adjustable threaded saddles. ... but with a slightly overwound bridge. Hooking up begins with grounding the volume pot tag and splaying the solder tags on the pickup selector. Here’s a Part 1 guide to the man jokingly dubbed Slowhand. The Allparts Jazzmaster wiring kit provides everything you need for this fairly complex wiring job. Before dropping the bridge in, I very slightly slacken the screws connecting the posts to the bridge base because the Mastery allows you some leeway to compensate for thimble spacing discrepancies. However, the Jazzmaster’s break angle is slightly too shallow, and the grooves on the saddles are not deep enough to prevent strings from jumping out. Protect the paintwork from stray blobs of solder with kitchen paper. For shielding Allparts UK supplied a Fender aluminium plate and adhesive backed copper foil. Lots of style and tone. We shim up the pickup covers so they’re aligned with the pickguard cutouts then drill pilot holes for the cover screws. It’s important for there to be electrical connectivity across every section of foil. These resolve two issues that are as old as the Fender Jazzmaster and Jaguar guitars. I don't think that's the main reason, I guess, because the staytrem is essentially a mustang bridge that already has the traditional improvements people made to mustang bridges on board. Read more about Fender Tremolo Arm for Jazzmaster or Jaguar Classic Player Trem, 0077422000; Fender Jaguar Pickup for Japanese Made Guitar, 264214, 264215 Submitted by gpadmin on Tue, 04/14/2015 - 00:22 Close. The other issue that often plagues Jazzmasters, and single-coil guitars in general, is hum – so we’re also going to look at how to shield your internals to keep the noise down, and also how to wire up the controls themselves. High quality steel pivoting bridge and spring-action tremolo, as originally designed for Jaguar ® and Jazzmaster ® solidbody guitars.. Before screwing the pickguard back down and stringing up, I verified the controls were working properly and was relieved to find I’d done it right first time. The whole raison d'etre of the Classic Player series is to hot rod or update existing models. The Gear Page is the leading online community and marketplace for guitars, amps, pedals, effects and associated gear. It has a custom Mastery bridge. The Classic Player Jaguar and Jazzmaster are Mexican made with some very nice updates and improvements. £8.78. Offset b The guitar is very striking. This modernised the Jag, but took away some of the ‘Jaguar-ness’. I was skeptical of the upgrade, especially costing around $170 (USD). The staytrem looks like a nice alternative. Even compensated I think joined saddles are a flawed concept. In the first of a series looking at the chord shapes and sequences used by the Beatles, we get inside the head of John Lennon and find a solid rhythm guitarist with an ear for original chord changes. This is a 2008 Classic Player Fender Jaguar Special HH. I fixed those two problems by filing the bottom of some of the center most barrels a bit to flatten out the radius, and also re-drilling the holes where the springs go into to getting the string spacing a little closer. To position the pickups properly, I first fit the loaded pickguard onto the body and screw it down. Used on Classic Player Series Jaguar/Jazzmaster (Mexico) guitars. Fender Mustang Bridge with Height Adjustable Saddles 0081239049 $ 25.00 Add to cart; Fender Classic Player Jaguar Jazzmaster Tune-o-Matic Bridge 0076230049 $ 36.00 Add to cart; Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar Bridge Assy 7712971000 $ 119.00 Add to cart; Fender American Vintage Jaguar Jazzmaster Mustang Bridge Post Thimbles 0054447049 $ 15.00 Out of stock Notable updates/improvements are: Adjusto-Matic Bridge (somewhat like a tune-o-matic) 9.5″ fretboard radius (compared to the 7.25″ radius previously) Don’t worry if you have no interest in Jazzmasters and their potentially troublesome hardware, either – you’ll find this advice applicable to Jaguars and Bigsby-equipped Teles, too. Fender Jaguar in black. It also put in a Gibson style tune-o-matic bridge, which is more solid. Once it’s fixed, you can fine-tune the position of the rollers on the pot shafts and tighten the grub screws to fix the wheels in position. I've remember gigging with a friend's Mustang years ago and I had major tuning issues. The Mastery unit looks more like a piece of contemporary sculpture than a regular bridge, and it purports to solve every Jazzmaster problem. Not only did they upgrade the bridge to a Fender Adjusto-matic model, but they’ve made the pickups a bit hotter too. These are the pickups that made his reputation and a real upgrade over the stock pickups (that more closely resemble Strat pickups). We provide insight and opinion about gear, artists, technique and the guitar industry for all genres and skill levels. Free shipping . About This Item. The radius is only 7.25 and the width of the barrels are not wide enough on some versions, which is annoying, so they sway back and forth. "U" shaped channel bridge design. You must log in or register to reply here. However there are some oversized holes around the tone circuit switch and controls, so I add some copper foil patches and cut out the holes using a craft knife. Fast forward to now, and as I sit here at the computer, I have one of Fender’s new Classic Player Jazzmaster Specials in my hands. the staytrem is more affordable and looks good. I can say that I was very much like you before I got my Mastery. The maker of affordable guitars comes of age with three commemorative limited editions in a distinctive Silverburst finish. In addition I have found that some of the Mastery changes actually remove some of the signature Jazzmaster and Jaguar tone. Authentic surf-era technology! The Mastery bridge I have on my Japanese made model really does offer a great deal of improvement over a Jazzmaster or a Mustang bridge. Curiously, J Mascis prefers a tune-o-matic. However take care when unwrapping the components, because the shrink-wrap is hard to remove and you may damage delicate switch and pot solder tags if you’re not careful and patient. I loosely fit the circuit switch and the output jack, line up all the screw holes then tighten up the screws and nut to hold the shield in place before loading up the pots and pickup selector switch. Very little in the way of marks. Neck 8.3K and Bridge 9K. Best of all it resolves the sometimes incorrect string spacing for the stock bridge. The Northern Irish bluesman’s kinetic style fused blues and rock with a virtuosity that inspired scores of guitar players – here are the fundamentals of his technique. Peak opportunity to learn about the brand’s durable equipment cases. The Staytrem maintains the look of the vintage Mustang bridge but is an improvement in pretty much every way. Many players will swap the stock bridge for a Fender Mustang bridge, which is similar in design but has deeper grooves and is less prone to rattling (though not immune). I perform a test fit with the shield and the pickguard to establish that everything lines up really well. With the wiring finally completed, the wires are held in place using nylon cable ties. Designed by luthier John Woodland, this high-end unit is made in Minneapolis and has garnered a stellar reputation with such Jazzmaster heavyweights as Nels Cline, Thurston Moore and Elvis Costello. Page 2 of 4 < Prev 1 2 3 ... Have you replaced the AOM on a Classic Player Jazzmaster with a Mastery bridge, and played the guitar both before and after? Are they both straight drop-in? A popular modern solution is the Mastery Bridge. Check the thimbles on the instrument you are upgrading to see what fits best. I am also not fond at all of the two saddle design on the Mastery. This provides a crisp outline and you can cut out the shapes with a sharp scissors. I really want to take guitar lessons, but why is so expensive. I was skeptical of the upgrade, especially costing around $170 (USD). I swapped the MIM tremolo for an Pure Vintage (American Vintage) tremolo. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. I've read that a lot of guys upgrade to either a genuine Mustang or AVRI bridge. JavaScript is disabled. With foil cutouts made for the bases of the control cavity routs and both pickups, I set them aside while applying foil to the sides of the routs. The man behind Derek Smalls and a hatfull of iconic The Simpsons characters shares some of the highs and lows of his musical life. The September 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now. I'd like to upgrade the bridge on it. As well as looking back over 35 years of PRS, the brand’s virtual booth at Guitar.com Live showed off just how far its come, and how it found the positives in 2020. They're definitely one of the best options. In our final part of our look at the stylings of the legendary Three Kings, we tackle the searing style of Freddie King. Works pretty well now. http://staytrem.com/epages/95000236...2362/Categories/JM_Jaguar__Jazzmaster_bridge1, http://www.offsetguitars.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=33498, http://www.warmoth.com/JazzmasterJaguar-Bridge-Chrome-P567C701.aspx, https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/1138982. Seymour Duncan SJM-3 Quarter-Pound Jazzmaster Pickup Black Bridge Heading back over to the Seymour Duncan pickups, and we’ve opted for the … Many Jazzmaster players regard the stock bridge as a cause of tuning instability because it doesn’t always return to position correctly. The second circuit volume and tone pots are mounted on an ‘L’ plate so they’re at 90 degrees to the pickguard. I couls pick a JMJM up for £400, or a CP for £900. We tackle the installation of a Mastery unit and show you how to wire up your controls to keep hum to a minimum. Neck and frets excellent. I guess for me I found that the Staytrem fixes all of the issues of the original bridge but does so in a way that is more true to the original design which I like. I covered the process of installing bridge thimbles in our November 2015 Telecaster revamp feature. Actually, the roller bridge works better on the guitars with the trem closer to the bridge than the Staytrem - such as the Classic Player and the J Mascis. You also have to mount the pots onto the bracket and loosely fit the rollers before screwing the bracket onto the pickguard. The tags are used for the ground wires connected to the bridge and the output jack. They’re solid shaft 16mm pots rather than the full-sized 22mm split shaft pots and Allparts UK provided the roller wheels, as well as the pots. Ben Ford is the guitarist for The Apache Relay. Guitar.com Live — THE WORLD'S LEADING VIRTUAL GUITAR SHOW —, down to ensure it all fits in the cavities. The Mastery thimbles also differ in size from Japanese thimbles. Bill Frisell uses a Mastery bridge with a Bigsby on a JW Black T-style. The store near where i live only had one JMJM in their warehouse so i didnt get to try it out yet. Genuine Fender Classic Player Jaguar/Jazzmaster Tremolo Arm, 007-7422-049. The Pure Vintage unit is significantly heavier and seems like a much higher quality part. The pickguard is then flipped and the pickups dropped into their covers then soldered into the circuit. A 2012 Fender Classic Player Jaguar in black finish. The Mustang bridge is a cheap improvement over the AVRI bridges, but it doesn't solve all problems. I have had my Classic Player for about 2 years now; it is a solid guitar but I have never really been "over the moon" about it (although I think that is mainly due to me just liking my telecaster better overall). Fortunately, you can buy a Fender-branded repro of the aluminium shield, but full cavity shields are impossible to come by. Full specification. But there's a lot of room for improvement. With a fat, thick sound all its own and sleek, elegant style, the Player Jazzmaster stands out under the spotlight. Transfer the cavity shape onto the foil by pressing the edges with your finger then cut them out with scissors. Free P&P. With our guitar’s 9.5-inch radius neck, a 7.25-inch Mustang bridge was never going to be a workable solution without under-saddle shims. Its screw-in tremolo arm increases stability and control when "twang-dipping." Archived. The Mastery posts and thimbles are made to such fine tolerances that when you press a post into a thimble, it forms a vacuum. Applying masking tape to the top of the covers, I position them inside the pickup openings with the tape holding them in place. Listen: Mateus Asato takes a blazing solo on Renforshort’s cover of Feel Good Inc. 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By checking the boxes you agree to receive the following from us via e-mail. The November 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! The Mastery dimensions are 9.3mm wide and 2.05mm long compared to 8.545mm and 1.95mm. In regard to the Mastery Bridge, it can add better sustain and tone. Next we’re moving on to shielding the main control cavity. Foil is applied to the sides then lipped over the top and bottom edges. A Mastery bridge is almost always my first pick here, which does indeed require pulling the old AOM/TOM inserts, filling the holes, then re-drilling. You can always unsubscribe (so you won't receive any more e-mails) by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of each e-mail. The pickup selector switch’s solder tags must be splayed before you start soldering to prevent shorting out. I'm not knocking Mustang bridges or the staytrem, which makes all the improvement that people in the know have made to that bridge, but those guys have all gone to Masterys (except Marr, I guess) for a bunch of good reasons that have to do with sound and performance. Classic Player Jaguar Special HH. The Mastery isn't perfect but it has worked well for me over the years and I've never regretted paying the purchase price. The January 2021 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! It’s also interesting to discover that the Jazzmaster circuit has a 1meg linear pot for volume and a 1meg audio pot for tone. AU $41.39. However, I finally just pulled the trigger when I broke a string at a gig, and watching 4/6 of my saddles shoot off into the crowd. Offset body, nice pickups! If it’s your first time working on a Jazzmaster, you’ll notice that it’s much more complicated than most other Fender solidbodies. 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