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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:15 pm    Post subject: Thoughts on a Jaguar XII Reply with quote

Over on this thread I started thinking about the feasability of a 12-string Jag. The advantages of doing this as a DIY project are 1. shorter scale length than a standard Fender XII, 2. Jags have a bright, jangly sound that I think would work well for the 12 string sound and 3. I still don't own a Jag.

The main issue is a 24" 12 string neck. Warmoth could do it, but it's an expensive proposition this side of the pond. That's the biggest hurdle I think.

A compatible bridge is tricky...a Danelectro style unit could work, but something like this looks more substantial, and is more Fender-y. From the pics, it looks like six of the strings are top-loading and six are through-body. A neat solution, even if it does potentially involve some drilling.

I just tried googling for hardtail Jags, and they're surprisingly rare. Perhaps a Squier Affinity Jazzmaster HH body, with a Jag pickguard and circuitry swapped in, might work? Oddly, I've never really thought about the differences between JMs and Jags as far as the body dimensions are concerned; I always assumed the bodies were identical, even if the necks and everything else apart from the bridge and tailpiece were different.

Anyway. There are my idle shower thoughts from a lazy Sunday morning. The only thing that's making me worried about the feasability of a project like this is, nobody else seems to have tried it already...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be easier just to pickup a Venus XII
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buy a Revelation 12 String JM copy.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

who's the dude that did these because i've been wanting one of these for a someday jaguar/jazzmaster 12 string
EDIT: found it, they're from faction guitars but fuck dude 50 bucks? damn

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's probably enough room on the Jag headstock's underside for 4 more tuners. Just do an 10 string!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Venux XII and Revelations are pretty nice, but they're all standard 25.5" scale as far as I can tell. They do at least have sensible-looking headstocks, unlike the ridiculous hockey stick of the traditional electric XII. Man, that thing looks dumb. What's the point in making something that's already more neck-heavy than a regular 6 string even more unbalanced? *shrugs*

I dunno about extra machine heads on a standard neck. There's the possibility of doing a "conversion" where you somehow find room to drill some extra holes into a standard headstock, and still have room for the tuning keys to turn. Assuming the nut is wide enough.

I read one thread where someone emailed Warmoth, but it seems that their 12 string necks use a specific type of truss rod design that I assume is only made for standard scale. I'm gonna send an email out to a couple of UK-based luthiers to see whether a one-off custom job is feasible. The neck may well cost more than the rest of the guitar combined, but it might be the only way.

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who's the dude that did these because i've been wanting one of these for a someday jaguar/jazzmaster 12 string
EDIT: found it, they're from faction guitars but fuck dude 50 bucks? damn

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Yeah, that's pretty steep, but to be fair the Gotoh hardtail design isn't much less than that. Plus, it's a very neat and tidy way of converting a Jag body with the standard tailpiece rout and no extra drilling. It does the job while keeping the classic look. I kinda like it.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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the Gotoh hardtail design isn't much less than that.


oh shit you're right, that one's 65 bucks lmao. well, looks like this might actually be a more cost effective purchase. and on the plus side, a standard Jag bridge should work perfectly fine for 12 string, since its got all that threading
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've thought of drilling a jazzy tailpiece for 6 extra string anchors to get a working 12 string tremolo.

Can't be arsed to do it, but for what it's worth, my research indicated it's definitely easier and cheaper to go 25.5" scale.

Cooterfinger can probably make a neck?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If my next project isn't another kit (depends on job situation) I'm tempted to embark on a seven string Jazzmaster, but I really want a proper Jazzmaster tremolo.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out the ESP/LTD XJ-12.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Concretebadger wrote:
the ridiculous cool as hell hockey stick of the traditional electric XII


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

theshadowofseattle wrote:
do an 10 string!


that would be a very unique idea, actually... EADGB x2. i think the scale for a jag would be too short for a baritone 5 (BEADG) tho
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They was a 60's surf band and they used a modded Jaguar like that. Cannae remember if it was 9/10 strings though.

Or what they were called.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was an Indo-rock thing - scroll down a bit here.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



That’s so fucking dope
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

10 string? Like this thing from Sonic Youth? Maybe.

The repair/luthier who got back to me with something vaguely hopeful (the other one sent a one-line reply that simply read "we can't help, sorry!" with no further elaboration) reckons the standard Jag nut is a bit tight but, given that it's similar in width to a Rick, ought to be okay. Similarly, the string tension shouldn't be an issue.

Which just leaves the headstock. There are "conversion kits" that put a second set of 6-in-a-line tuners at 90 degrees, running parallel but pointing downwards. It's another neat solution, but makes the headstock a bit crowded and I do worry a bit about what the extra holes might do to a Fender-shaped headstock. Structurally, I mean.

That retro surf band look rad btw. Cool

EDIT: fuck yeeeah.

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EDIT 2: if this is what you were on about, yeah. It's mental. Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Concretebadger wrote:
the standard Jag nut is a bit tight but, given that it's similar in width to a Rick, ought to be okay.


Have you ever played a rick 12? I haven't but I understand they're a fairly unique proposition.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try a modern shortscale Fender neck then. The Mexi Duo Sonic necks are 42mm at the nut,
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Concretebadger wrote:
10 string? Like this thing from Sonic Youth? Maybe.


Yeah, but I think I'd rather have the low E and A doubled instead of the two highest strings. I mean, aren't high E and B and their doubled strings on a XII tuned the same anyway, while the others have an octave difference?
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