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Bridge string spacing question, Jazzmaster vs. Mustang, etc.

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by etype, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. etype

    etype Tele-Afflicted

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    So a majority (of those who discuss it) seem to hate the Jazzmaster bridge, although I know it has its fans too. One common replacement is the Mustang bridge, but the alleged trouble with that is the 2-3/16" string spacing moves the e strings too close to the fretboard edge. So that got me doing some research.

    Vintage Tele spacing was 2-3/16", but more recently, 2-1/8" or 2-1/16" have been used. Were the strings closer to the fretboard edges in the 1950s-1960s and this "bug" has now been fixed? I see that Fender is using the Mustang bridges on the American Pro Jazzmasters, so is the strings too close to the edge complaint overblown? I am contemplating building a Jazzmaster partscaster and would like to avoid the Mastery bridge cost if I can.

    FYI: The Mastery and Staytrem bridges use 52mm (2-3/64") -- which is almost Gibson-like (Gibson bridges are 2-1/32" spacing).
     
  2. scelestus

    scelestus Tele-Holic

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    I didn't notice the spacing on the American Pro to be a problem and I'm kind of a goober about it. I am unsure if the bridges on them are vintage-spec Mustang bridges or if they are more like a Staytrem bridge (Mustang design but modified spacing).

    Have you looked into a Staytrem? Someone might be able to mail you one or you could get a used one if they're still reasonable.
     
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  3. etype

    etype Tele-Afflicted

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    I can't seem to find a Staytrem for less than a Mastery now that they don't sell in the USA.
     
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    scelestus Tele-Holic

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    Wow, that's amazing. I bought one right before they stopped shipping them here and for a bar, collet, and bridge it was still waaaaay less than a Mastery.
     
  5. SixStringSlinger

    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's

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    I bought a Squier VM Jazzmaster I decided to change the bridge on. I settled in this one:

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    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JAMZQDA/?tag=tdpri-20

    I liked the deep center groove and the fact that you can adjust each saddles height individually (other Mustang-style bridges I've seen have set saddle heights to match the radius, and I couldn't find a readily available one to match my Squier's 9.5"; either way, it's nice to be able to make minor adjustments string-by-string). I never tried putting the bridge into the Squier's stock thimbles, but the one's that came with the bridge were a snug fit and the hole spacing is a perfect match.

    Anyway, I never played the Squier much with the original bridge, but with this new one the string spacing is just fine. The high E is maybe a touch close to the fretboard's edge, but I put that down to differences between individual guitars more than anything. Regardless, it hasn't been a problem.

    The other part of the equation is the guitar's set-up, which is always important. But in my (admittedly limited) experience, proper set-up typically takes other guitars from OK to fantastic, but it takes Jazzmasters from non-functioning piles of wood and metal to fantastic. This article lays out Jazzmaster and Jaguar-specific set-up issues pretty well: https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/25516-diy-how-to-set-up-jazzmasters-jaguars
     
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    etype Tele-Afflicted

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    A USA located Reverb seller has a 9.5" Staytrem for $185 and a seller from the UK wants $250.
     
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