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Secret to keeping Jag / JM trem in tune...

Deed_Poll

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Rusty saddles.

Not a joke, thank me later!

Yeah I know - friction bad, I get it.

The offset Trem is designed so that the bridge grips the strings. The arm changes the tension in the tailpiece and this in turn rocks the bridge back and forth.

It's only a matter of time until someone engineers some magic $200 string gripping bridge to solve all the world's problems.

Until then spend more time playing surf music on your jag outdoors at the beach and you'll be right as rain.

Some poetic justice there, definitely!
 

omfg51

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Common upgrade is to replace the bridge with a Mustang bridge, or better yet, replace the saddles with Mustang saddles. Staytrem has noticed and invented a better solution even still.

 

Deed_Poll

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Common upgrade is to replace the bridge with a Mustang bridge, or better yet, replace the saddles with Mustang saddles. Staytrem has noticed and invented a better solution even still.

The Stay Trem is a great unit, I have one on a Bass VI, but it works in combination with a flush mounting collet that stops the bridge from moving entirely - in which case, a low-friction design makes sense.

I guess all I'm saying is, as far as the rocking bridge motion, you want more friction not less!

The Stay Trem is an excellent product though.

A friend of mine (an all star brilliant luthier of steel string acoustics, no less) built himself a Jazzmaster with a Mastery bridge and told me that my bone stock '65 keeps better tune than the Mastery.
 




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