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I made a new guitar

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Blazer, May 2, 2005.

  1. Blazer


    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    Okay then, as I told you people before I work as a luthier and once again I decided to make something odd and sexy.

    I made the body of what eventually became a 3/4 sized Jazzmaster. Its body being far smaller than a normal one but with a normal full scale neck. I painted the body in alpine white and made a tortoise shell pickguard which houses two P-90 soapbar pickups. Well then today has been the day that I put the guitar together and stringed it up and played it for the first time.

    But before I get to the saucy parts, let me get back to the construction of the petite beauty. I bought a relatively inexpensive MacMillan Jazzmaster Vibrato (see the picture) which differs from a real Fender Jazzmaster Vibrato in the way that it doesn't have the trem-loc (notice, no sliding knob on the base plate) and I was generally impressed with how well this thing was constructed.

    But because of the smaller body I didn't think I could put it on the guitar since the bridge would be so far back. But when I checked out the dimensions I found out that I could put the vibrato on it if I placed it really close to the bridge, the bridge it self is now placed directly above the two upper mounting screws. In exactly the same location where a buzz bar would be sitting. Boy was I glad that that Vibrato didn't have the trem-loc, otherwise fitting it in the first place would've been impossible. And because of the bridge BEING so close to the tailpiece, the break angle of the strings is much higher than on a normal Jazzmaster so it adds sustain and it keeps the strings in place. I didn't need to order a Mustang bridge as was my original plan.

    If it's the Fender construction, the wood that I used for the body (Alder in this case) or the vibrato, I can't tell but the Gibson P-90 pickups I fitted have a very convincing Jazzmaster tone. As soon as I strung it up and plugged it in, I turned up the Reverb of my amp and was playing all those Classics by the Ventures and the Shadows. I even had to spray paint the black dog ear pickup covers of those P-90's white, so they looked the part in the tortoise shell pickguard on that Vintage white body.

    This guitar has so far been a great succes, The picture is a little dark but shows what I have done nevertheless
    Mini Jazzmaster.


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