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Thom
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:25 pm    Post subject: Humbucker in a Jazzy Reply with quote

What else is there to do in times like these than tinker needlessly with guitars?! Laughing
I've been wondering what a humbucker would sound like in the bridge of my Jazzmaster, and having seen a similar thing done in a thread at Offsetguitars I thought I'd give it a go.
The pickup itself is a known quantity, my favourite in fact - a Bareknuckle Nailbomb, which until yesterday was in my Mustang. It's quite high output, and can be aggressive but can still pull off a fat bluesy tone if you want.

I ordered some no-hole covers:


Used an old pickup cover to drill the holes (this is the bit I got from OSG):


After a bit of filing it looked pretty good!


Yesterday I'd wired in the pup to check it fit under the cover in the route and as it was short leg it fit fine:


Used some foam under the cover to centre the pup and underneath to just keep the screws off the wood:


Raised the screws high enough to come up through the cover:


Yeah, I'm pretty chuffed with how that turned out!


2 minor niggles...the new cover is ever so slightly a different shade of off white...might have to order the same ones with holes to replace the neck cover to appease my OCD. And the pup is 50mm spacing, but I'm not going to fork out for a new one as it's actually fine.
Overall I'm really pleased - it sounds bloody great! aug!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool! I used to have a Jaguar with humbuckers.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've literally just posted my Jazzmaster project in the projects forum, although I cheated by having a Jazzmaster that already had humbuckers.

I love this, though. Always loved the idea of hiding different pickups under the massive Jazzmaster covers.
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Thom
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ekwatts wrote:
I've literally just posted my Jazzmaster project in the projects forum, although I cheated by having a Jazzmaster that already had humbuckers.

I love this, though. Always loved the idea of hiding different pickups under the massive Jazzmaster covers.

Cheers! I just replied to yours! I was really pleased when I found I didn’t have to route the guitar or anything “difficult” like that. Nearly put a rail humbucker in there under a stealth cover. Maybe that’s the next change...
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks great!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice dark fretboard on that Jazzmaster,.
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Thom
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bacchus wrote:
That looks great!

Cheers!
Johno wrote:
Nice dark fretboard on that Jazzmaster,.

Yeah surprisingly so, much darker than any of my Japanese Fenders.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very clean results, well done!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

paul_ wrote:
Very clean results, well done!

Thanks Paul!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know, I know it's seeeeeerioooouuuussss


Looks great, Thom; nice job!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love it

Get new neck cover ASAP
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done, I like it! I am also in the club and believe Jazzmasters and humbuckers belong together.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Fuuuuuuuuuuckkkkk, that's TOO cool!!!
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Thom
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice guitar Savestheday!

Cheers Doog mate Very Happy

New cover arrived today Rob!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SAVEStheDAY wrote:
Well done, I like it! I am also in the club and believe Jazzmasters and humbuckers belong together.



That's a bit too sexy to be honest, might cause problems later.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paul_ wrote:
SAVEStheDAY wrote:
Well done, I like it! I am also in the club and believe Jazzmasters and humbuckers belong together.



Where do you think you’re going dressed like that young lady!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks dudes, I am quite fond of this one.
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Thom
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are the pickups? Looks like an invader type in the bridge?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thom wrote:
What are the pickups? Looks like an invader type in the bridge?


The bridge is an Invader, and the neck is... Well... I think it's a Fender Enforcer off of a Classic Player HH Jag. I don't really remember anymore! Since it's covered I'd have to look underneath lol. Form over function I guess. I did that work 4 or 5 years and probably about 15 guitars ago.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, they look great.
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