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vomer
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Sep 23rd, 2017 03:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A friend of mine has just bought a used MJT strat on ebay and it will be coming to me for a check over and setup if needed. I'll post when I have it, and in the meantime was wondering if anyone has any thoughts about these.

ejm

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Sep 23rd, 2017 10:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Forgive my ignorance, but what does MJT stand for?


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Sep 23rd, 2017 11:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mark Jenny=MJT. Generally Wildwood Mfg bodies with Mark's custom paint. Usually in the relic realm although I built a greenie with MJT custom paint in unblemished condition.

MJT build

littleuch
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Sep 23rd, 2017 11:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I also have a sunburst. The guitar pictured now sports a Warmoth rosewood board neck.

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Sep 23rd, 2017 11:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Wildwood bodies that Mark and his son use are quality built CNC stuff and very light. I wouldn't hesitate buying again. I have no experience with their necks. MJT will custom finish any aftermarket neck you send them. The headstock shapes of the Wildwood necks are not dead on, so I'm guessing not Fender Licensed like Allparts, Warmoth, Musikraft.

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Sep 24th, 2017 03:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I also had never heard of MJT. Had a quick look on eBay and........ they're not cheap.

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Sep 24th, 2017 09:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had them relic my '52 Tele hotrod and they did a great job.

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Sep 24th, 2017 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"they're not cheap"

As far as their bodies go, a bit cheaper than Warmoth and you'll generally get one lighter than 4 lbs, nitro finish (if that is important to you), custom paint and any degree of aging relicing (if that is important to you).

Let me state I am not affiliated with them in any way, just a satisfied customer.

(This message was last edited by littleuch at 02:14 PM, Sep 24th, 2017)

Ayns

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Sep 24th, 2017 12:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ah, I didn't realise they were hand reliced nitro. In that case, the only one I could find on eBay over here was cheaper than most AVRIs, and about half what I paid for my Bill Nash S65.

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Sep 24th, 2017 12:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I worked with Matt, Mark's son, throughout my build. They sent pics, at one point I thought the tint was wrong and they corrected. I specified I wanted a lighter body, I think it's around 3lb 10 oz., I wanted no grain showing through, they complied.

I constantly watch their ebay offerings but most of the stuff is far more relic'd than I like. I would like to build a beat Tele someday. I'm not one of those that loses their mind over relics, but I do pretty much recoil whenever I see stuff like sunburst over paint, or vice versa.

But they proved to me they can do new and shiny, too.

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Sep 24th, 2017 03:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The great thing about a 'relic' guitar is you don't have a heart attack if you bump or ding the guitar.

It's like getting a BBQ sauce splat on a Hawaiian shirt.

Nobody will notice :o)

vomer
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Sep 26th, 2017 02:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

New thread: "Is it OK to put a Hawaiian print on a perfectly good shirt" :-)

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Oct 12th, 2017 03:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The MJT strat arrived for me to give it a look over, and for the record I'm not a fan of relics, but this really is a work of art. It's olympic white over sunburst, with an aged top coat so the white is yellowed. Pics below in the ebay listing, and it looks even better in the flesh, so to speak.

There's a lot of checking on both the body and neck which doesn't show up in the ebay pics, the neck is sanded down and silky smooth, and the whole effect is spot on. The neck itself is a medium C and average thickness, with a dark rosewood board with gorgeous aged clay dots.

The pickups are very good, by a Canadian company called Wizard. Electrics are CTS etc and very neat.

Some not-so-good points. The frets are 6100 and enormous! It does say that in the listing so we were forewarned, but my friend and I both find them uncomfortably high, like your fingers bump into them every time you move up or down the board. So I'll lower those. But obviously not a problem as such, as this would have been a custom order, as you do get to specify when ordering new from MJT.

The frets themselves weren't perfectly levelled, but comparable with how most new guitars are out of the box.

The trem block isn't steel, bit of a shame on a fairly expensive instrument, but easily remedied.

One of the intonation adjustment screws, and one of the saddle height adjustment screws, were rusted to the point of not moving. This for me is where a relic job goes too far, if it interferes with the guitar actually working properly. But they were easily fixed with some WD40.

For anyone who like relics, this is a gorgeous instrument for a lot less cash than Fender Custom Shop, and I can't fault the finish, it really is superb.

Edit to add: If you're reading the ebay listing, the English is down the page below the Italian!


ebay listing

(This message was last edited by vomer at 05:32 PM, Oct 12th, 2017)

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Oct 12th, 2017 05:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They’ve become somewhat popular in the lefty community.

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Oct 12th, 2017 05:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Aren't the 6100 frets described as "almost a scalloped feel"?

MJT moves a lot of bodies on Ebay where the auctions end well below their store pricing. The closet or new finish however is not that common to find. As much as I can appreciate a relic sunburst or vintage white, something about a relic'd fiesta red or surf green/sherwood green bums me out.

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Yes, I see what they mean by 'scalloped' in the upper frets, your fingers don't touch the board at all. I wouldn't know if that's a good thing for a shredding-type player, for me it feels a bit odd.

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