Designing a bridge for the Jazzmaster/Jaguar
Posted by      03/25/2018 15:17:13    0 Comments
Designing a bridge for the Jazzmaster/Jaguar

Everybody who has played a Jazzmaster/Jaguar guitar with the original bridge has seen the problem: The E string just dances if you hit it and then produces a nasty buzz, that is very unpleasant. No matter if you are using a squire or a custom shop guitar, all have the same problem because the design was bad. There is only two ways to solve the original design:

 

  • To make saddles with depth string guides.
  • To increase the angle of the strings.

 

So, the first solution is the one that uses the Mastery bridge. I have tried it and is nice, but due to the lack of competition in the market and a very good marketing (including some famous players promoting it) I think that is very overpriced. Are you gonna spend 200 bucks in a bridge to upgrade a squier?  So it goes to the high end league. Guys selling Jazzmasters with alder bodies and maple/indian rosewood necks, but adding some overpriced electronics and hardware want to charge you 4000-6000 bucks for this guitars. Pricing high is also a good strategy to persuade customers that you are selling a great product. Is not a bad thing, but not for me. When I design a product I always think in the real player, the one that is doing a partmaster or want to improve his 600 guitar and blow away his bandmate that plays a custom something guitar.

So, the second option is the one that is used by the buzz stop, I never tried it so I don’t know if it works fine or not. I think that it looks kind of ugly, but it just a personal opinion (like everything that I write here).

So I decide to enter the market with a new design, using the second option: to increase the tension of the strings and then avoid the buzz/dance of the E-string. I thought about it and came to a very simple solution, a one that even Leo Fender could have used in his original design, using parts that he had designed. How did I solve the E string dance? just increasing the angle of the strings before touching the saddles, by using 6 holes guides through the bridge. I’m in love with the original Telecaster bridge design, I think that brass saddles are the best for a true Fender tone, so I use some compensated brass saddles. The result: a great tone, no more buzz/dance (even with 0,09 strings), and a great vintage look. 

Some answers about questions that I have from customers about this bridge:

  • Tuning stability is great.
  • Strings runs smooth, the bridge won’t damage your strings or increase the break ratio.
  • The installing is very easy, it will fit in your guitar without any mod.
  • The bridge rocks a little (as you can see in the video), just like Leo design it. But due to the increase tension it keeps the tuning. I had plans for a non rocking bridge but this works so nice that I’m not going to do it.
  • It have an adjustable radius, so it will fit any neck radius.
  • The bridge have the standar height adjust screws, but because you have the adjustable height saddles you won’t need it (only if you have a guitar with a big height difference between body and fretboard, that is not very usual).

I also develop a relic version, fully functional (just aging the parts than don’t need to be screwed).

And of course, the enter price is just 59 €. I made this for the players as I said and I always do it for this guys.

jl@jlguitars.com

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