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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:49 am    Post subject: MJT Red Jazzy Project Reply with quote

I got this sweet Jazzmaster in trade and had a couple minor things I am working on for it. Here is how it looked before I got to work on it. I plan on aging the knobs and pickup covers. I also want to add a Spitfire faded orange pickguard to it.

3 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

Covers and guard are off.

20170320_184122 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

Added a little dark walnut stain to show off the scratches and edges a bit and make it look a little more beat up.

20170320_184059 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

20170320_184106 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

The knobs are soaking in coffee over night.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The inspiration guard Spitfire made that I am looking for. (Something similar to it.)

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mate, do Belinda Jazzmaster. I'm too drunk to link it but is my dream guitar.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

She has a few. This would look line one of hers sun aged. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those wide range Jazzmaster pickups look like big dominoes. They're kinda cool looking, kinda wrong looking too. Are they Novak's?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jcyphe wrote:
Those wide range Jazzmaster pickups look like big dominoes. They're kinda cool looking, kinda wrong looking too. Are they Novak's?

Nice jazzy man. I too was wondering what kind of pickups are those? Pretty cool looking.
I had a red Jazzmaster once upon a time too, except I think it was candy apple red with a matching headstock. Not vintage, reissue back in like 2006-7ish? That thing was killer. I still regret trading in that guitar. Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are Novak WRHB for Jazzmasters. Smile

Got the knobs stained to give them a dirty look. Smile

2017-03-21_04-11-49 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks good, kinda like the one I built a little while ago, but aged nicely.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New pickup screws came, neck screws, and pots. I got the pots replaced and tested it out. Things sounded ok except the roller tone pot was backwards and the switch was backwards. (Up did the lower controls and down did the upper ones.) I sorted that out and grounded the bridge. Just needs the pickguard!

2017-03-24_05-28-08 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HNB wrote:
New pickup screws came, neck screws, and pots. I got the pots replaced and tested it out. Things sounded ok except the roller tone pot was backwards and the switch was backwards. (Up did the lower controls and down did the upper ones.) I sorted that out and grounded the bridge. Just needs the pickguard!

2017-03-24_05-28-08 by Christopher Louck, on Flickr

Sorry if this is a noob question. But what's that copper looking sheet metal doing at the bottom of the cavities of your guitar?
And how did you learn to do repair work on guitars? Just curious because someday I'd like to become more familiar with doing my own repair and such.
All that aside, can't wait to see how it comes out and looks!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is copper shielding tape. It helps block out interference from televisions, computers, etc. (Basically helps get rid of extra noise with an electric guitar.)

As far as learning to work on guitars, it has been trial and error. I did do a jewelry class in college so I had a little experience welding small things and using solder, but really it was just reading forums like this, looking at diagrams, and trying my best. Normally wiring for a Jazzmaster looks like this diagram below. You can see where each wire goes, so you just have to solder the wires where it says to. Other than that it is just making sure the metal parts are grounded correctly. That is also easy to test. If you touch a metal part of the guitar with it plugged in and there is noise that happens, then it is likely that part isn't grounded. If the quiet hum gets quieter, the part is grounded correctly. I fount a couple things on this guitar that was not grounded right.



When you modify wiring you can either ask people on forums to help and sometimes they will, or try things out and see if it works.
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