#1
i bought a MIM Fender Jazzmaster which was setup horribly at the shop but i knew i could fix it. set it up at home and it finally stayed in tune and had my action where i wanted it.

it plays amazing now.

however i have noticed over the last couple months playing it that this guitar has NO SUSTAIN, notes die off really fast even though my frets arent buzzing cause i have my action set pretty high. also the small allen screws that hold the saddles keep unscrewing themselves, probably from the vibration of the strings. i am sick of this bridge. i thought about putting locktite on the screws but that wouldnt solve the sustain issue. i think its time for a new bridge.

any recommendations?
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#2
Quote by voltafan485
i bought a MIM Fender Jazzmaster which was setup horribly at the shop but i knew i could fix it. set it up at home and it finally stayed in tune and had my action where i wanted it.

it plays amazing now.

however i have noticed over the last couple months playing it that this guitar has NO SUSTAIN, notes die off really fast even though my frets arent buzzing cause i have my action set pretty high. also the small allen screws that hold the saddles keep unscrewing themselves, probably from the vibration of the strings. i am sick of this bridge. i thought about putting locktite on the screws but that wouldnt solve the sustain issue. i think its time for a new bridge.

any recommendations?


How bad is the sustain problem? Sounds like you got a bad guitar as opposed to a setup/hardware problem.
#4
Quote by Strats&Cats
How bad is the sustain problem? Sounds like you got a bad guitar as opposed to a setup/hardware problem.


its not terrible but i know this guitar should have more sustain than it does. harmonics seem to die off within a couple seconds and fretted notes last about 3 seconds before they lose volume. i hope its not a bad guitar

ive done everything i can think of, new strings, graphite in the nut slots, action. are there any other fixes?

JustRooster http://www.masterybridge.com/bridge/

Try that. I'm a huge fan

that looks awesome!
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#5
Jazz masters are famous for a lack of sustain. It's why they were so popular with those alternative lads in the late 80s early 90s. There's nothing wrong with your guitar, it's how they are
#6
Which MIM Jazzmaster?
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#7
not exactly sure its got a humbucker in the bridge and a p90 in the neck
Egnater Tweaker 40
Yamaha s412
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Fender Blues Jr. VIII

Fender MIM Jazzmaster
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Ibanez GAX70
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Gibson Les Paul 60's Tribute

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#8
Quote by voltafan485
not exactly sure its got a humbucker in the bridge and a p90 in the neck


Ok, thats the Blacktop Jazzmaster. It has an original Jazzmaster/Jaguar bridge, which aren't great at all. The most common fix is to replace it with a Mustang bridge ($50 at Warmoth). It should be a drop in replacement, though you might need to wrap the mounting posts with tape to make it fit more snuggly.

Also, your Jazzmaster does not have a P90. It has a Jazzmaster pickup in the neck. Fender doesn't make Jazzmasters with p90s.

EDIT: This'll fix the screw issue, but it will only increase sustain a little.
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Last edited by kangaxxter at Mar 31, 2012,
#9
thanks kangaxxter, i think i will go for the mustang bridge since its much cheaper than the mastery which i cant use anyway cause i use a wound g.
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Yamaha s412
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Fender Blues Jr. VIII

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Gibson Les Paul 60's Tribute

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#11
Quote by voltafan485
thanks kangaxxter, i think i will go for the mustang bridge since its much cheaper than the mastery which i cant use anyway cause i use a wound g.


Full disclosure, the Mastery Bridge is almost definitely the better investment. The Mustang bridge is just an underengineered Jazzmaster bridge.
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Fender Jaguar Bass
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Fender Excelsior 13w
Acoustic B300HD (with matching 1x12 cab)
BOSS BD-2W
NYC Big Muff Pi
#12
If you really hate the bridge, then yeah a mustang bridge is your easiest solution. I don't think it'll help your sustain problem though. Mustangs don't sustain well either after all.

I'm curious what you're comparing the sustain to... I would think the humbucker would allow for plenty. It isn't going to be like a Les Paul though.

And personally I think the Mastery is just an over engineered JM bridge.
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Last edited by WrathofKahn at Apr 1, 2012,