Aesthetic Advice - A Fender Jaguar Project

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Aesthetic Advice - A Fender Jaguar Project

Post: # 1407873Post GreenKnee »

Good evening s-scalers.

I have sent my American Original Jaguar away for some modification. Since getting my 1962 Jaguar, the AO has become somewhat surplus as it does the same thing as the '62 just not as well.

To mix things up, I'm having the stock pickups replaced with Firebird/Mini HB sized 'goldfoil' (silver foil) pickups. Also, the sunburst nitro finish is being painted over with nitro shell pink and clear, with the idea being that it will wear as those old custom colour strats do: revealing the burst underneath over time.

My predicament is that I'm unsure with what pickup cover to go for. Open or segmented? I just can't make my mind up, I reckon either will look good with the chrome plates of the Jag, but would the segmented be too much?

The guitar is going from this:

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To this:

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Then with either of these pickups:

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Or

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Along with these changes, I've got some 500k Emerson pots, a 0.01uF Emerson Bumblebee cap and a TehKurdtz switchplate for 3 way toggle and strangle switch.

The guitar is being refinished and routed at the minute, and can be finished once with nitro is cured and the pickups arrive!
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Post: # 1407874Post Nick »

Sell it and buy a different guitar.
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Post: # 1407876Post BillClay »

Maybe the segmented because it keeps the visual busyness of the original pickups with their chrome claws?
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Post: # 1407882Post BearBoy »

BillClay wrote:Maybe the segmented because it keeps the visual busyness of the original pickups with their chrome claws?
Yeah, I’d go with this. Jag’s are inherently busy.
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Post: # 1407887Post Thom »

Yeah first ones.
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Post: # 1407888Post sunshiner »

First ones look cheap cause there is a billion of Chinese knockoffs with the similar design.

And that Jaguar was perfectly awesome as it was imo. Buy a body or a kit and build whatever you want with it tbh, modding a US Fender is just not practical to me
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Post: # 1407889Post benecol »

BearBoy wrote:Jag’s are inherently busy.
See, for this very reason, I'd say the second ones. I'd also not have used the apostrophe.
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Post: # 1407891Post BearBoy »

Haha. Perils of poasting after too much wine.

You’re obviously quite right about the apostrophe (but wrong otherwise ;) )
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Post: # 1407892Post GreenKnee »

I think I'm leaning towards the first set too, more chrome is more better I reckon.
I wouldn't have normally gone the modding route to such a nice guitar, but I'm quite attached to it and I've already modded it, albeit not quite as invasively as what's planned. I've had it since new, it's about 2 years old now, and played a lot of gigs with it, for which it shows the scars.
I can't get a USA Fender in shell pink to the specs I'm after without paying an insane amount for Custom Shop, so I figured I might as well have a guitar I already know and love altered to fit the bill
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Post: # 1408278Post GreenKnee »

Just a lil update.

Jaguar is painted, just needs sanding/buffing etc

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Pickups arrived today!

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Post: # 1408285Post sunshiner »

GreenKnee wrote: Image
Looking good, forget what I previously said. Will wait to see how it'll look assembled.

The guy doing the job for you has a Laney L20H. I was always curious where its sound lays - more of a Marshal or a Vox type of an amp
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Post: # 1408795Post GreenKnee »

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Nitro is cured, sanded, buffed etc. Pickguard requires cutting for pickups, bridge and mute, then it's time for wiring and setup.
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Post: # 1408797Post Thom »

Looking good!
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Post: # 1408801Post plopswagon »

Sexy beast!
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Post: # 1409531Post GreenKnee »

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Very nearly there!
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Post: # 1409533Post Freddy V-C »

Yes, well into this.

Who did the refinish for you?
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Post: # 1409535Post Nick »

Sometimes I’m wrong, this looks great!
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Post: # 1409537Post Doog »

For myyyyyy money, the mute is a step too far and I woulda gone with the 2nd simpler-looking pickup option, but that's just me.

Love it otherwise!
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Post: # 1409540Post plopswagon »

I too was sceptical but it looks really good.

ALL HAIL THE PINK SHORTSCALES!
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