A Jazzmaster Q

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  1. teddy boy

    teddy boy Member

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    Gents,

    I've been wondering about purchasing an AV'62 Jazzmaster Reissue. I have previously owned a CIJ Jaguar and I remember that I had a problem hitting the strings off the saddles. It also had a "sloppy" feel. These both could be cured by an increased string break angle at the bridge. Is there anyway to accomplish this on a JM? An extra part that would pull the strings down after the bridge or something?

    best,

    Tom
     
  2. John Phillips

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    Yes, it's called a Buzzstop, and is available from most of the usual parts dealers (certainly Allparts, I haven't checked any others). It fits using the two front screws on the tremolo assembly, so no modification is needed to the guitar.

    The Jazzmaster has a much tighter feel than the Jaguar anyway though, because it has a 25.5" scale, not 24". You may find you don't need the Buzzstop.

    FWIW, I gigged an all-original '65 Jaguar for several years, and cured the problem with a radical set-up - saddles as high as possible on the bridge - and by widening/deepening the saddle grooves slightly on the low E and A strings (vintage heresy, I know ;)).

    I actually have a spare Buzzstop available, if you need it :).
     
  3. QuickDraw

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    yes, you have several options, a buzzstop is the part that is fitted on the trem that increases downward pressure on the strings. or you could drop in a mustang bridge, stew mac sells a compensated mustang bridge that seems like thew best replacement bridge for a JM

    good luck!
     
  4. teddy boy

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    Thanks guys! So it could work! That's great. I like my guitars set up really tight and I think the buzz stop could be the way to go whether I decide to get one. Cheers!

    John, I'll PM you if I need that buzz stop!
     
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    I've had both Jazzmasters and Jaguars- I had that problem of strings popping out of the saddles. The former owner of the Jazzmaster had installed two Floyd Rose string trees between the vibrato and the bridge. I hadn't heard of the Buzzstop back then.

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  6. mezcalhead

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    Depending on your string gauge and how aggressively you play, a good setup with a shim may be enough. I don't have any problems with .011 or even .010 strings.

    Failing that, the Buzzstop works for a lot of people and is reversible, although some players find it changes the feel of the trem too much.

    The next stop is usually Mustang/Graphtech/Tusq saddles or filing notches in the stock saddles .. some even go so far as the ultimate vintage heresy: using a tune-o-matic bridge. ;)
     
  7. Crazyquilt

    Crazyquilt Guitar Dad Silver Supporting Member

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    I'd try heavy strings (at least 11s) and a good setup first, then a Buzzstop. I've never had string popping issues with my AVRI (nor did I with my CIJ JM.) I played Pyramid 11s on both.
     
  8. Grap

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    I use a Buzzstop & 9's on mine. 9's were unuseable before I fitted the Buzzstop, strinsg popping off of saddles left, right & centre...

    I once fitted it with 13 gauge Fender flatwounds. No buzzing problems then, no string bending in standard tuning either! At least not after I bent a note three half-steps on the G string and seperated my LH ring fingernail :D
     
  9. teddy boy

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    Thanks alot gents. Much appreciated!

    I'm also a little concerned about the stock AV pup's. What are you're experiences with them? Am I going to need to change to SD's?
     
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    I think it's generally agreed that the AVRI pups aren't too bad. The CIJ pups are narrow bobbins, more like a Strat pup, and sound a bit thin compared to proper JM pups.

    If you do want to replace your pups then SD Antiquities, Novak and Lollar are all well thought of.
     
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    I have the string saver saddles for Jazzmaster/Jaguar/Mustang on my MIJ Jazzmaster. It's the best of both worlds with a single groove deep enough for the string like the Mustang saddles and individually adjustable pole pieces like a Jazzmaster/Jaguar. I used to have issues with the stock saddles and 11s, but no more, no buzz stop needed.
     
  12. Mixoso

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    I have a MIJ Jazzmaster that I love, but to get it really gigable I added the aforementioned buzzstop and mustang bridge AND I added a regular fender string tree on the headstock to keep the D and G string ringing true and it made a huge difference. I added seymour duncan " Hot for Jazzmaster pickups and now it is just a fantastic guitar. I always loved them but was frustrated by them and now I am in heaven. OF course in 20 years some guy will post on here " some idoit put an extra string tree on the jazzmaster I just got at an estate sale" but I am willing to riski it it since making these changes moved the guitar in to my permanent collection!!!
     

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