#1
I ordered a warmoth body yesterday along with the electronics/hardware I need and all I need to do is order a neck. I bought a squier vintage modified jm tremolo/bridge so do I need a neck with the same radius? I'm looking at Warmoth necks and all the in-stock ones are 10-16" compound but the squiers are 9.5". Should I get one of those or should I just make a custom one with a 9.5" radius? Is there anything else I should do while building it? I've never made a guitar before or even seen anyone do it but I think all I really need to do is solder the pickups and drill the holes for the pickguard/bridge/tremolo and the tuners.

Thanks for any help!
#2
ok the first ? i have is why did you cheap out on your bridge like that? as far as i know the bridge will work regardless of radius it just a matter of saddle height adjustment to fit the radius.
#3
Get a different bridge. That Squier JM bridge is usually the first thing to get replaced on those instruments.
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#4
I got it cus it was the cheapest one that came with a tremolo and bridge. Will the tremolo be fine or should I get a different one too?
#6
well the rest of your guitar will be made of qualtity parts so i'm confused as to why you decided to cheap out on your trem/bridge. not very knowledgeable on jazzmasters but i'm sure you can find better qualty parts than a squier. perhaps some one that knows more will chime in.
#7
thats kinda what i was thinking but i figured a squier bridge/trem wouldnt be the best thing but it wouldnt be the worst

I got it on ebay and I'm trying to cancel the order, if it goes through I'll get fender gear. As for pickups I can't decide between fenders and lollars if anyone knows how they compare to each other? I know the lollars are better but they're a little over double the price of the Fender pickups
#8
The bridge on a Jazzmaster is probably the most temperamental bridge in existence haha. Cheaping out on that is a recipe for disaster. If this is a guitar that you intend to keep for a very long time and use it as a work horse.. save your coin and get a mastery bridge.

As far as pickups go... are you planning on popping in Jazzmaster pickups or are you looking for P-90 pickups? What genre(s) of music do you play? What amp do you primarily use? Fill us in on the additional factors and we can better help you pick out a good set of pickups.
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#9
I went with the lollar jazzmaster style. I've had P90s before and they weren't really my thing. I play shoegaze/dream pop mostly so I'll be using a lot of effects anyway but I like the clean JM style sounds better than the P90s.

So I should get a Fender bridge then haha but what about the tremolo? I thought the only difference would be that the Squier trem doesn't have the locking system?
#10
Lollars should work nice for you then. Good choice.

You'll want to invest in a higher quality bridge and trem system. The Fender brand replacement parts are fine, but there are even better options if this is going to be your primary instrument. If you cheap out on the bridge/trem on a Jazzmaster, you'll be dealing with tuning issues, lack of sustain/dullness, and cheaper quality materials/metals that will wear out more quickly.
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#11
Thanks I really didn't think it'd matter. I found a few that seem like they'd be better. Some of these seem pretty overpriced, especially the few lefties I've found. Are there any sites other than reverb and ebay that might have them?
#12
I remember posting 2 links about lefty bridges in your earlier threads- possibly the first one- in your ongoing saga. Check there.

Found it:

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#13
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I remember posting 2 links about lefty bridges in your earlier threads- possibly the first one- in your ongoing saga. Check there.

Found it:


Thanks man I totally forgot about those!
#14
the body wont get here for a few months anyway so I guess I still have time to sort out everything else
#15
http://www.rosepickups.com/apps/webstore/products/show/3862797
they make Jazzmaster pickups. Reasonable too. Jazzmaster pickups are quite a different animal then a P-90 more of a scooped growl to them than the midrange brash sound of a P-90. Both have their place. do you need a Jazzmaster style trem if not you might be better off with a Wilkenson or strat trem.
#16
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The bridge on a Jazzmaster is probably the most temperamental bridge in existence haha. Cheaping out on that is a recipe for disaster. If this is a guitar that you intend to keep for a very long time and use it as a work horse.. save your coin and get a mastery bridge.


+1 on the Jazzmaster bridge, I have a Blacktop Jazzmaster MIM it is a great guitar but I hate the bridge, just the vibration of the strings can cause the height adjustment screws on the saddles to back out and the saddles start to drop, I'm looking to put Mastery Bridge on it but every time a get some money I end up buying another guitar instead.

For a temporary fix I used some Loctite thread lock (light bond purple if I recall) on the saddle height adjustment screws and the saddles haven't moved since.
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#17
Quote by Evilnine
+1 on the Jazzmaster bridge, I have a Blacktop Jazzmaster MIM it is a great guitar but I hate the bridge, just the vibration of the strings can cause the height adjustment screws on the saddles to back out and the saddles start to drop, I'm looking to put Mastery Bridge on it but every time a get some money I end up buying another guitar instead.

For a temporary fix I used some Loctite thread lock (light bond purple if I recall) on the saddle height adjustment screws and the saddles haven't moved since.



Thanks that helps a lot! I'm also modding my SX Liquid so I'll most likely end up using the squier trem/bridge on that instead of the warmoth and hold out on the mastery bridge, since it'll take like two months for the JM body to get here anyway


A little unrelated but how do you remove the thimbles on jazzmaster style bridges? I'm working on my liquid now and I can't get them loose.