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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Jaguars & Jazzmasters / Mastery Bridge

sour mash

Washington State

Nov 2nd, 2012 10:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

I know there have been discussions on Mastery Bridges, but I wanted to give my two cents...

I ordered one for my Japanese Jazzmaster. I received it yesterday and all I can say is Whoa! I am totally impressed. The stock bridge wasn't horrible, I was just sick of messing with it. I have the same experience as most people....more sustain, good fat, smooth tone without changing the Jazzy sound plus it makes the whole guitar feel a little more solid. Me Likey!!!

Kind of spendy, but worth it in my humble opinion.

Bubbalou
Contributing Member
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USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Nov 2nd, 2012 05:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wow, thanks for the review. Because of this review I may give them a second consideration now. Can you tell me is you had to change the thumb screws used for height adjustment?

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 05:33 PM, Nov 2nd, 2012)

DPH

Massachusetts, USA

Nov 3rd, 2012 06:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

One of the problems I had with the Jag/Jazz bridge is that the vibrations of the guitar somehow work the bridge lower until the strings are eventually against the fretboard. This usually happens halfway through the second set.

Do you know if the Mastery Bridge solves that problem too?

reverendrob
FDP Data Goon
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Hero, hero

you have done so well...
Nov 3rd, 2012 11:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

Never had any of these problems, but I steered clear of the MIJ Jazzmasters and Jags where it seems everybody and their brother reported problems - was just as cheap to buy a MIA RI if you shopped around half the time until very recently.

sour mash

Washington State

Nov 3rd, 2012 10:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

"but I steered clear of the MIJ Jazzmasters and Jags where it seems everybody and their brother reported problems"

I wanted surf green with matching headstock so my only option was Japanese.
I didn't have to change anything. They make them for US or Japanese (Different thimbles). I really didn't have to do much setup for it to be great. Plopped it in, raised the action (allan wrenches included with bridge), set intonation on a couple strings (which intonated perfectly). The bridge hasn't budged action wise, no buzzing, and just sounds awesome. I don't know how to describe it....just makes the guitar feel more solid and is a blast to play. Strings bend more easily, and more sustain.

I was on the fence for over a year about ordering one (price seemed too spendy), but I am highly impressed. YMMV, but I would never go back to the old bridge.

sorry for cellphone pic...


Jazzy

(This message was last edited by sour mash at 10:13 PM, Nov 3rd, 2012)

sour mash

Washington State

Nov 3rd, 2012 10:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

close up of bridge...sorry for cellphone pic...

close up

MLC
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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Nov 4th, 2012 06:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I put a Mastery bridge on my Thinskin Jazzmaster and I've been VERY happy with the results.

I wasn't having any particular issues with the stock bridge, but what had I learned about the Mastery made me think I'd like what it did for the guitar. And I do!
The string-to-body transfer is outstanding - an improvement over the stock unit. And this is what I like best about the Mastery. The sustain is increased and the note definition and clarity is even better than it was originally.
And tuning stability is rock solid without the shifting around that is commonly discussed (using Locktite, etc...).

Again, I was having no real problems with my stock JM, but I have no regrets about going with the Mastery. I do think it improved an already great guitar.

Bubbalou
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USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Nov 8th, 2012 05:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Does the Mastery Bridge have height adjustment?

sour mash

Washington State

Nov 8th, 2012 07:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Does the Mastery Bridge have height adjustment?"

Yep. Raise or lower the bridge or fine tune saddles.


AzteC

CA

SDSU Aztec for LIFE
Nov 24th, 2012 09:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought the mastery for my 62 Jaguar and it is just superb. I was able to install and set up/intonate it in no more than 15 minutes. My jaguar already has a ton of sustain but the mastery just added to it, and make the guitar play a bit smoother. Making adjustments on the fly is perhaps what I like about it the best, not to mention the stability, and personally I think it looks cool. If I ever get a vintage jazzmaster, I will no doubt put the mastery bridge on it.

Hammond101
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So. Cal. USA

Dec 5th, 2012 11:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Comment on the stock bridge sinking, getting lower. This is easily fixed with a drop of Loctite screw lock on each of the screws near the pointy ends then reinstall and adjust.

Be sure you ALWAYS use a new allen wrench with no wear when adjusting after the Loctite to avoid stripping. If you can't move the screw remove the bridge and apply a little heat to the end of the treaded tubes and adjust.

The same process can be used to stop the saddle set screws from getting loose. Once set up you will not need to mess with it again.

Set up with neck shimming to increase neck angle and string break over the bridge helps a bunch too.

(This message was last edited by Hammond101 at 11:54 PM, Dec 5th, 2012)

Bubbalou
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USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Dec 19th, 2012 11:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

MLC, sounds like the Mastery did for your Jazzmaster what the BabicZ bridge did for my Fender Jazz Bass

Beatlefreek

Canada

Living is easy with eyes closed
Dec 29th, 2012 05:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

May I ask what string gauge you guys typically use on your Jags or Jazzmasters?

MLC
Contributing Member
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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Dec 29th, 2012 05:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

.11's on my Jazzmaster.

Beatlefreek

Canada

Living is easy with eyes closed
Dec 29th, 2012 05:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Flats or roundwounds?

reverendrob
FDP Data Goon
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Still the reason

for the season
Dec 29th, 2012 08:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Stainless 10s, just like all the 6 strings.

Typically Fender.

MLC
Contributing Member
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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Dec 29th, 2012 09:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Roundwounds for me.
While I understand why some may go for flats, they've never done it for me.

Frank Hudson

USA

Tone is stuck on my fingers
Dec 30th, 2012 04:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Right now, EB Slinky .009 set strings on the Macis Jazzmaster and DR Blues .010 on the Jag. I tried a heavier set of flats first thing on the Jag, and surprisingly didn't like them.

The Jaguar's bridge is still irking me. I'd go heavier in the strings, but my old fingers are leading me to thinner strings over all.

sour mash

Washington State

Feb 1st, 2013 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use flatwound...either pyramid 11's or Thomastik 10's. I love me the flatwound. I know that they aren't for some people, but I really like the butter smooth feel.

Johnny Alien

Harrisburg, PA

Feb 1st, 2013 08:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

I find the staytrem bridge to be superior to the Mastery in almost every way and it looks more vintage correct on top of it. Best part? It's about $75 cheaper.

There is no height adjustment on it though as they are designed for specific fingerboard radiuses. The problem of vibrating down has been corrected on them as well.

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