For a couple of weeks now, I have been playing my cheap Mustang hybrid equipped with a Jazzmaster-style vibrato. Having heard a lot of bumpf about how awful they are, I am a bit surprised. I will admit that my experience with vibratos is a few Stratocasters that made me not like Stratocasters, an old Vox with a Bigsby knockoff that worked great for me, and a Les Trem on my Reverend Buckshot, which I loved. I’m not dive-bombing ever, I just want some surf and shimmer. While I will admit that I probably need to upgrade the TOM-style bridge to a roller bridge, the fact remains that I find the Jazzmaster-style vibrato pretty much perfect for my needs. Compared to the Les Trem, it’s less tuning-stable, but takes only tiny pressure to get a nice subtle warble. I’m convinced that even a cheap JM vibrato is at worst a bridge upgrade away from perfection.