NGD - Fender Jazzmaster (Prettiest Guitar I’ve Ever Owned)

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  1. Andy Summers

    Andy Summers Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks Norris Vulcan! I believe it’s mostly the cosmetics. It’s also got a Mustang brass saddle bridge, and the switch for switching the circuits isn’t the slider switch more commonly seen. Looks like a regular 3 way style switch, only it’s a 2 way..haha.

    Here’s the specs if you’re interested:
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    The TVL-JM model is certainly an interestingly considered build. Along with the JMJM are high points in the range.


    I have been building a parts JM, actually two. One more traditional JM the other a JM crossed with an LP.

    It seems as if JM popularity has been increasing the last year or two. Tele is steady and JMs are displacing Strats and SGs.

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    Nice one, great choice :)

    I use the rhythm circuit as any other selection, and it’s only ‘dark’ if you roll the tone or volume down, IME. The TVL upper toggle switch facilitates use as a kill switch (roll the volume down on one of the circuits). Also, the TVL I owned had 500k pots in the lead circuit. The bridge was a little special for it’s time, having chromed brass saddles. I replaced mine with a Mastery but the stock bridge is fine too. I miss mine, being a big fan of B&B necks with matched headstocks..
     
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    Beautiful!
     
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    Yeah! It’s a great guitar. I’ve read quite a few Jazzmaster owners go with the Mastery bridge. I looked at it and it seems a bit pricey for me right now at 200 bucks. I figure I’ll see how the stock bridge goes and take it from there.

    Was the Mastery a direct fit for the TVL? No drilling necessary, I hope?
     
  7. SixStringSlinger

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    Maybe I missed this, but why are you concerned about the bridge? I put a similar Mustang-style bridge on my VMJM and it works great. I still notice a very slight rattle at times, but I'm thinking I just need to shim it a touch higher than I already have.
     
  8. Bob M

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    I've had a TVL like your for a little over a year and I think it's one of the best guitars I own. After years of playing guitars with the tone control full on initially I was disappointed with the JM. Until I figured out that the tone control is highly functional on this guitar and once you understand it you find it's a real tone machine. The mastery bridge is nice, but the only issue I had with the stock Mustang bridge was that the high e was resting on the back of the bridge body. I put a real thin metal shim under it and all is right. Good luck with yours.
     
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    I’m not concerned about it. I was responding BorderRadio’s post regarding his switch to the mastery bridge. I’ve read a lot of people make this mod on Jazzmasters, of course this one already comes with a better bridge than the standard Jazzmasters. I’m going to stick with the stock one and if it offers no downside I see no reason to spend 200 bucks on the Mastery. Nothing wrong with that, but if I don’t need to, I’d rather keep the 200.00 :)
     
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    Beautiful guitar! Love the look. I hope you have many years of pleasure playing it. Congratulations!
     
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    Thanks Bob M! I’ve already noticed the difference the tome control makes in this guitar. Thing of beauty for sure!! Love this thing a lot!! Glad you’re enjoying yours too!!!
     
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    Thank you, idjster!
     
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    Ah, gotcha. No telling where your preference/curiosity will lead you, but I don't think the stock bridge will give you any problems. If it does, look into shimming, as I mentioned. Some modern Jazzmasters have an angled neck pocket, which has the same effect; no idea if yours has one. Either method forces you to raise the bridge in order to get the same action, which puts more downward pressure on the bridge and alleviates any buzzing/rattling. Some blue Loctite on the bridge can help, too.
     
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    Congratulations! That oxblood is a really sweet color. Such a standout guitar! You won’t see one of those on every street corner. It’s really cool to see block inlays on a Fender fingerboard. Enjoy!
    Oh...and more pics!
     
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    I've used both Mastery and Staytrem for several years now, and both well designed and made bridges. I sold off all my Staytrems because they now command prices equal to the Mastery. If I want the rocking design, American Pro bridge are available for less. That's also why I decided to stick with Mastery, because they don't ratchet to one side of the thimble. Another plus is the fact I can adjust radius (somewhat) to my liking. It's worth the bucks for tuning stability, being able to nearly abuse the thing and have it come back into tune. The TVL bridge was fine for subtle use, just had some issues with the E strings hanging to close to the edge of the finger board.

    Early TVLs reportedly had narrow thimbles and they needed to be swapped for a Mastery. Mine had larger thimbles and the Mastery dropped right in.
     
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    The MIJ are mostly Basswood, later ones maybe Alder. but I didn't think so..I don't know exactly.
    CIJ are alder (maybe all?). My CIJ Jaguar is the heaviest guitar I own.
    Basswood you can sometimes see large/medium dark streaks in it sometimes a greenish color - if it's a paint you can see through a bit...or check the heel of guitar or wherever wood is exposed. Anyway basswood strips screws easy IMO but it's worth it for the weight.
     
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    Beautiful Jazzmaster, AS! I played 'em for several years back in the 80's, and loved just about everything about 'em. The Mustang bridge is great, if only so you don't have to find right groove every string change. I've found that the BuzzStop is good for if you want to use 9's, but 10's or bigger stay put pretty well without it. The Jazzmaster is so comfortable sitting or standing - maybe Fender's best body design! Congrats, it's a beauty!
     
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    What a beauty, looks very cool. Congrats.
     
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    I just looked it up on Chicago Music Exhange's website. Apparently the paisley ones are alder. I'm not sure about the other ones. Its not quite as heavy as my old CIJ jazz bass, but it's definitely the heaviest guitar I own. Well until I finish this ash non reverse firebird I'm building anyway.
     
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    They are very pretty.....and I mean that in the roughest and most bad*ss way.

    :cool:

    Nice!
     
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