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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Jaguars & Jazzmasters / my alternative switching for my Jaguar

Shlock the monster


May 3rd, 2016 07:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

one of the most uncomfortable parts of Jaguar guitars are its tiny slider switches. You can't grab them as fast like the toggles on a Strat or Tele. Additionally comes that the on/off sliders for pickups are neck sided and you have to pull them upwards, which makes switching even more uncomfortable.
Now I found a phantastic solution:
Take a look at my sketch on the link!
Simply screw off the hexagonal plate, turn it 180° round, so the switch for the neck PU becomes bridge sided.
At last solder two wires like shown with the grey pencil lines on the right side of the sketch. Every slider switch actually has six pins, where only two are used. They offer the possibilities of an opposite circuit and a parallel circuit.
Now soldered as shown on my sketch, if the BP switch is upward (=off) you can switch on and off the bridge PU and neck PU alternatively only by pulling the neck PU switch up or down.
And if you pull the bridge PU switch down, BOTH PUs are on, no matter what position the neck PU switch takes!
This improves the speed of action in an unbelieveable fast and comfort way.
If you want to sell your Jag, simply cut off both wires and turn the plate 180° back and voila'

Jaguar modification on slider switches

FDP Data Goon

When I sin

I sin real good
May 3rd, 2016 07:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Absolutely fine with the switches the way they are - if I wanted a change, I'd go with something like the Marr or Cobain standardish pickup switch and a toggle for the strangle.

It is what is, I've been playing them long enough that they're second nature.

Shlock the monster


May 3rd, 2016 08:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

but the biggest advantage is that you don't change anything crucial on the guitar. I thought about replacing the sliders with a way more comfortable three way toggle, but what if you want to sell the guitar again? When the potential buyer sees, you "fumbled" around with the guitar he will tear down the price.
Using a Johnny Marr or a Curt Cobain model where the toggle comes factory equipped is something different.

FDP Data Goon

When I sin

I sin real good
May 3rd, 2016 08:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

If that's an issue, then save the original circuitry, resolder, and go back. Get a plate with whatever you want.

If I'm not going to change anything to significantly improve ergos (and I haven't on any of my Jaguars, VI, or Mustangs with the annoying sliders), I just don't see the need for a minor change that just makes things "different."

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

May 3rd, 2016 09:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

But that's one of the cool things about the modular construction of Fender guitars: you can change things around to what works best for you.

The Mustang has had the 'on-off-on' with phase reversal since its introduction in the mid-60s. Pretty cool and lots of tonal options for an inexpensive, high-quality guitar.

FDP Data Goon

When I sin

I sin real good
May 3rd, 2016 09:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yep. My first Mustang had the sliders replaced with on/off switches from a hardware store like you'd find on a fuse box. They worked.

I kept 'em for years until I found some sliders, and didn't care much.

They are what they are.

All I need on most of this stuff is the stuff that makes that particular guitar that guitar - strangle if present, phase if present, the particular bridge of that instrument that contributes a huge amount to the sound, the "Mustang harmonic" on the front pickup cover, etc.

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