Do you only file the groove channel itself or do you actually file down the raised portion between two grooves on the saddle for a deeper pocket? http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/19686-guitar-shop-101-how-to-shim-a-bolt-on-neck?page=2. Do make sure that you slant the back of this groove downward toward the tailpiece to avoid string rattle. The groove cut on the Jazzmaster or Jaguar saddle doesn't need to be deep, just slightly deeper than the existing thread groove on the saddle. And use clear nail polish on all the saddles and screws once you get it playing good, it’ll help keep it locked down. The veneer shim I made is hardwood, very stable, and lacquered slick. It did not mess with the tone at all, just made it playable. After careful inspection, I determined that the neck needed a shim to fix the problem. When you say you make the length of the shim equal to the width of the neck, do you just make it wide enough to fit between the neck bolts or do you put holes in the shim for the bolts? Doubled-over piece of 400-grit, grits facing each other (stays that thickness better under compression than totally paper-based I'm told). I think I'm using thinnest on both. Just make sure the butt end of the neck makes solid contact with the body before you torque down the four neck mounting screws. Goto Page: Previous 1 2 BJB Joined: Jul 28, 2008 Posts: 413: Posted on Dec 01 2014 05:29 PM Instead of shimming the neck on my Japanese Jaguar, I sanded an angle into the neck pocked. Copyright © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. All Rights Reserved. Did I mention that I still like big blonde amps? I prefer to see my strings run as parallel as possible to the fretboard on a straight neck with ever the slightest incline as you go up the neck. I have both of my JMs shimmed with a stewmac prefab, which fit perfectly. If every thing is tweaked up tight and you have ample break angle over the bridge saddles and the end of the neck is resting solidly against the body in the pocket, you should get a really nice sounding guitar. "My Jazzmaster needed a better string break angle over the bridge. Possibly an easier way would be to use Polymorph: http://youtu.be/IhVuc6RNyaw. A shim approximately 1/4" (6.4 mm) wide by 1 3/4" (44.5 mm) long by .010" (0.25 mm) thick will allow you to raise the action approximately 1/32" (0.8 mm). Check out our This works really well in conjunction with a slight neck tilt and negates the need for Mustang saddles that don't have height adjustment or.... ....the dreaded buzzstop. Kennedy Custom Guitars. Do you use any kind of adhesive to keep the shim layers in place while making a slant, or just keep it balanced until you screw the neck back on? music alive. Any international shipping and import charges are paid in part to Pitney Bowes Inc. 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As for loss of sustain, the Jazzmaster/Jaguar/Mustang bridge design is a sustain killer. No contests at this time. Final question, does anyone know the Fender part number or exact screw size for the saddle height screws? Not too much torque. Traditional........speak softly and play through a big blonde amp. I have noticed worthy improvements in sustain and tone from adding weights to vibrato blocks. Sorry I should've made that clearer. Most players don’t realize that an electric guitar can compress over time. Minimum monthly payments are required. It won't. out of the question, & the shim material must be stable & non-compressible. I just checked all 3 of my offsets - a '64 Jag, a '99 AVRI Jazzmaster and a '02 AVRI Jag. Please visit our friends in the surf music community: Contact Us • Also, it's a 100% reversible mod. (You must log in or sign up to reply here. 226 days ago, CreepBeat: would a link to an r-rated video with a good tune be out of line here? “Surf Music Videos” channel on YouTube. Select PayPal Credit at checkout to have the option to pay over time. and they're usually pretty responsive if you'd like the no-kidding Fender PN. X-Rays (1997-2004) music-outlet-shop has no other items for sale. The only right action is "feels best for me". Fender has used them from the factory for many years. I have ordered some jeweler's files just in case, but if my strings (especially the E and A) can stay put through some serious picking after the shim, I'll probably leave the saddles as they are. Let us know how you are making out.......with the guitar! I actually had to put one or two washers on the posts under the bridge as "shims" and then bolt the whole bridge down tight. Repairable but unnecessary to say the least. Planing it flat and then glueing in a shim sounds like a good fix for neck angle while improving acoustic coupling. Not ideal, but I have no complaints about the sound. Check out our View cart for details. Ideally a Mosrite bridge should be somewhere between 0 and 1/4 inch off the body tailpice. FENDER MARINE 221 days ago, Bango_Rilla: I appreciate you checking for me. Traditional........speak softly and play through a big blonde amp. And, of course, you'll need a slightly wider cut for the wound strings. (2004, 2011-2012) I will use some of my daughter's black nail polish to finish as you suggest! This way the neck pocket is smoother, harder and more stable than the crappy plywood of the guitar's body would allow, and the surface contact is more efficient than it was on the stock guitar. tubeswell Joined: Sep 24, 2011 Posts: 1412 Wellington, NZ: Posted on May 30 2013 04:55 PM Following Lee's advice, Any effect caused by the shim would be masked by the losses that are already caused by the bridge. No additional import charges at delivery! Vintage Fenders, it is common to see them with a factory shim. This item will be shipped through the Global Shipping Program and includes international tracking. yamaha SGV Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the balance is not paid in full within 6 months. Thanks! Mine is shimmed with a 1.14mm purple Tortex pick. I didn't measure the thickness at the shim butt, but it seems to work – pity they are visible on the side of the neck joint. Stack up several at the very end of the neck pocket closest to the pickups. Instead of shimming the neck on my Japanese Jaguar, I sanded an angle into the neck pocked.
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