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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DWLANG, Apr 27, 2019.
None of those problems.
I use TI Flats.
Do you screw the pickup down really low, and do you have the dedicated JC case?
Do you screw the pickup down really low, and do you use the dedicated JC case?
I did buy the dedicated HSC.
I don’t want a number. I just wanted to share!
You can't post something like this without a GAS warning!!
Beautiful basses (and guitar). I love mine (the gold version) but when the red one came out I was thinking about buying it
1. Never had pup screws come loose
2. Never had to adjust the neck of my JCB. Is it new?
3. TI Jazz Flats...love 'em!
The only issue I've had is the bridge anchors coming loose, and I had to have them glued down
None of the above (nor any other trouble) after 2-1/2 years of almost daily playing. I settled on DR Blues after trying the factory strings long enough then TI Jazz Flats for a few months. The DR Blues are what Jack was recommending and I agree 100%.
I changed the strap buttons to Dunlops but no other changes. I’ve considered taking it to a luthier to have him put a strap button on the horn with a block inside to give the screw some purchase. No problem, just my ‘druther.
It's about 3 years old now. Maybe the neck is touchy because I don't have a case for it? Make sure the rear two anchor bolts on the bridge are lower than the front anchor bolt - that should prevent the bridge problem you mention.
I haven't had issues with the neck needing adjustment since it was first set up. Pickup screws do loosen; like everything else, vibration eventually rattles them loose. Goes for the output jack. Not sure that there is any remedy beyond periodic checking.
As for strings, I love the tone I get with DR Pure Blues on mine. But it depends on what type of sound you are looking for. Pure Blues give it an excellent lo-mid growl with a tame top end.
Because of the arched top, the front of the bridge should always be higher unless you do something odd setting it up. Or just put on a Hipshot.
Mine hangs on a wall most of the time. Your local humidity and temp swings may affect your neck.
I ended up putting a small amount of yellow carpenters glue along the splines of the two rearward bridge anchors. That seemed to have swelled the wood enough to grip more firmly on them. I like the stock bridge, some say the Hipshot adds a bit more sustain, which I am not interested in.
I also moved the strap pin to the horn with wood inside for purchase.
Regarding your pickup screws, there is semi-permanent Locktite and also Locktite tape. Do some research to see if any of those may help. You could test it on one screw just to see if you are able to break it free when needed. Maybe the guys in the Luthier forum could help answering those. (Loctite is just a suggestion. I would hate for you to try it and ruin your bass.)
I had issues with the tuners so I replaced them with Grover 142C. There just a slight misalignment in the bottom holes but there is no need to drill new so it can be said they are direct replacement. The total mass reduction is 15gr, they have much better feel and are more precise over the stock when tuning. Also had a bad E nut-slot but fixed it a while ago. Bridge is not great but can live with it. Neck needs adjustment twice a year but I assume it is normal since all my basses need this adjustment due to temperature and humidity variations throughout the seasons. Haven't tried many strings but I have settled on the GHS flatwounds.
Thank you! I actually am a die hard Fender fan-boy. Something always just attracted me to the Jack Casady. I bought the gold top used in MINT condition for $400 about a year ago. I instantly fell in love with it. Then like 4 months later, a guy offered me a trade for the 20th anniversary JC for an American Standard Jazz I was trying to offload. So, I did. The Casino was actually my uncle's guitar, which I fell in love with. He passed away last year and his guitar collection quickly disappeared. I tracked that one down and actually bought it about a month ago. I'll never let it go again. He was a huge inspiration to me as a musician.
I am actually a Yamaha fan-boy (but I have a Fender Jazz that I also love) and yeah, the Casady has something. I love it.
That's a really inspiring story. Thank you for sharing! I'm sorry for your loss
Use Dean Markley Blue Steel’s, the only one Jack recommends. Have never had either of those problems, in fact I have never had any issues with either of my JC’s!
I have an Alpine White that I bought to be a backup for my Rickenbacker 4003s. In a very short time, the Ric was sold and the JCB became #1. Not alot of mods: TI jazz flat strings, Schaller strap locks, replaced the knobs with Gibson tophats w/ metal inserts, and removed the 50/250/500 ring.
I'd LOVE to find a blue JCB...but they're rare!