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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Jaguars & Jazzmasters / Jag/Jm Bridges

69tele

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Sep 2nd, 2014 08:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I an sure this has been discussed, but not recently it seems, what is the best option for replacing the Jag/JM Bridge ?

A lot of folks seem to use the mustang bridge but its not heihgt adjustable, a buzz stop may also do the trick ?

And then there is the mastery bridge which looks like the bees knees but quite expensive ?



reverendrob
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Sep 2nd, 2014 08:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I replaced stuff in Ye Olden Days it was Mustang or TOM bridge.

I'd go that route again if I needed to replace one and a direct replacement wasn't available.

I'm not one of the guys who needs to blow the money on the Staytrem or Mastery bridge to do a setup.

Hammond101
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Sep 2nd, 2014 11:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There is nothing wrong with the stock bridge on a JM or a Jag. It is a matter of setup.

I like to shim the neck a bit to increase the angle of the strings over the bridge, adjust truss rod for proper relief, adjust bridge for proper string height, file nut slots for proper string height and gauge then set intonation at the bridge. After all this is done remove the strings and apply Loctite to all bridge screws, don't forget the height adj. screws. This is why you just took the strings off.

Restring the guitar and adjust pickup height. That's about it in the order I do it.

If you are having tuning issues the strings are most likely binding in the nut slots. Buzzing and loosening screws is fixed by the above process.

The Mustang bridge is fixed at 7.5" radius and many Fender offset guitars are 9.5" radius. Not really a big deal but some don't like this. You can adjust the Mustang bridge for height with the screws in the mounting posts just like a stock bridge.

The real key IMO to getting the stock bridge to work is a bit of neck shimming to increase tension on the bridge saddles. This prevents the strings from moving on the saddle when playing and will get rid of the buzzing. Note that the bridge needs (any of them) to be centered in the mounting recesses to float forward and back properly.


MLC
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Sep 2nd, 2014 12:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I'm not one of the guys who needs to blow the money on the Staytrem or Mastery bridge to do a setup."

I'm not either....but I did.
The stock bridge can be set up just fine, as Hammond101 just explained.

But I did spring for the Mastery for my Thin Skin Jazzmaster. Didn't have to shim the neck and I don't have to mess with Loctite.
It's a finely crafted piece of hardware that does what it claims and cost me less than a decent pedal, so I'm OK with the expense.

reverendrob
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Sep 2nd, 2014 12:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There are 9.5" Mustang bridges out there now when I was looking at options for a friend who *HAD* to spend money.

I figured that for the price of a Mastery, I'd rather have another pedal!

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Sep 2nd, 2014 12:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't use as many pedals as you do, Rob, so I could give one up.
(:^D)


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Sep 4th, 2014 10:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What I am looking for is good replacement bridge for my Offset Special. Love the guitar, hate the TOM on it with the Jag/JM tailpiece. Makes the whole guitar to "stiff".

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