Chief among the many companies that design bridges are the US-based Mastery Bridge and UK-based Staytrem. The Los Angeles singer-songwriter has been nominated for four categories. Even on most brand-new guitars, factory-stock nuts aren’t necessarily slotted and seated properly. On the other end of the spectrum are those who rely upon consistent operation of the volume control – the Jazzmaster and Jaguar circuits may cut off far too much treble when backed off. Otherwise, full-size shims are available from guitar-part providers such as StewMac. They can either be bought from a number of vendors or DIY-ed. 500K is a great middle ground between them, rolling off some of the sting but retaining much of the bite of a good Jazzmaster pickup. The bridge is available in both 7.25- and 9.5-inch radii to match the curvature of your guitar’s fretboard, and there’s even a wider bridge meant for Bass VI models. Both have their adherents and detractors, so it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each bridge separately. The Jaguar control layout will always be confusing, but luckily, there are alternatives. Be… Whether or not Mr Fender could have anticipated the eventual widespread embrace of DIY enthusiasts for his then-top-of-the-line models is up for debate. Here’s a fairly common modification, but one that can cause more problems than necessary. Five years on from the King Of The Blues’ death in 2015, aged 89, a new movie featuring Wendell Pierce as BB is in the works. For as long as offset guitars have existed, people have complained that the stock 1 Meg volume and tone controls are too bright and trebly, especially with certain amp rigs. Take, for instance, the Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar and its four-way blade switch, which represents a more intuitive approach to the guitar’s arsenal of sounds. The Jazzmaster’s rhythm circuit is very much maligned and misunderstood. As an example, the slacker strings around the Jaguar produce a darker sound. A drop-in vibrato arm that won’t stay put is a symptom of a poor fit between the arm and its collet. Between the bridge and vibrato lurks an otherworldly palette of eerie dissonance, ghostly reverb and pitch-specific resonances. Players who prefer a toggle switch should opt for the ‘Cobain’ plate, as seen on Fender’s recent Kurt Cobain Jaguar model. The jazzmaster has 21 medium jumbo frets – the jaguar 22. Here are eight ways to make the most of your upper-bout electronics without dramatically changing the stock look. Combining compression, boost and a powerful EQ section, could this unassuming grey box from Croatia be the ultimate tone-enhancer? No matter the historical perspective, one thing is clear: even those with limited experience should feel right at home adding personal touches to their prized instruments. Seymour Duncan, Curtis Novak, Lollar, The Creamery, Lindy Fralin, McNelly, Kinman, House Of Tone and Mojo all make excellent drop-in replacements that cover a broad range of tones among them. The September 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! All pickup selections will now be available. Still, we’re fully aware that even with experimentation, they won’t work for everyone. The band are the seventh Irish artist to ever be Grammy-nominated. Friction is the enemy of tuning stability, and lubricating each point of friction in the strings’ path will encourage them to return to pitch. 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Great for fattening up a thin sound or adding bite to a murky one, the PTB wiring has long been a secret of studio and stage alike. is the world’s leading authority and resource for all things guitar. For one, installing them usually requires drilling out the body to accept new inserts. Placed between the input and output lugs of your volume pot, this mod consists of a cap in parallel with a resistor. The November 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! The gently radiused, twin brass saddles have a proprietary hard chrome plating and deeply grooved, V-shaped channels to keep strings put. This one’s not for the faint of heart, we’re afraid. If you have a good vibrato but can’t stand dealing with the arm falling out, Staytrem offers a revamped arm and collet set – for £30 – that retrofits most existing tremolo systems and eliminates the woes of an untamable arm. And as our wiring mods show, it’s also ripe for reinvention. You’ll only need a small amount of the stuff to keep your whammy-bar embellishments in line. This Les Paul-like wiring scheme repurposes the rhythm circuit as a standard volume-and-tone combo for the neck pickup and substitutes the 50K Tone for a 1 Meg mini pot. The rhythm circuit sounds great with the bridge pickup, so here’s how to wire the guitar so that the toggle switch is still active. Note: You’ll need to isolate the bridge pickup claw using a separate ground to the volume pot. The December 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! Repurposing the rhythm circuit switch to run your pickups in either series or parallel is a painless procedure. In our recent piece praising Fender’s rhythm circuit, we made an impassioned plea for offset owners to employ those mysterious controls. The wiring diagrams that follow offer a variety of ways to inject new sonic character into your offset. Additionally, pay attention to which of your pickup leads are ‘hot’ and ‘ground’. From string mutes to a new vibrato unit design, a fresh approach to circuitry and a body shape optimised for player comfort, Fender crammed endless innovations into the Jaguar and Jazzmaster.