Endless Loop @ Ash Street Saloon 2/15/2014

Endless Loop @ Ash Street Saloon 2/15/2014

My friends in Endless Loop played their EP release show last weekend, and I tried out my new 50mm, f1.8 lens on them. Pretty happy with how well it performed in the less-than-stellar lighting conditions. Of course, now I am wanting to invest in a nicer, more modern camera body than my current Nikon D40 so I can reap the benefits of higher ISO and HD video. I’ve got my eye on the Nikon D3200, so maybe someday one will be mine. Anyhow, back to topic at hand: Endless Loop put on a great show and their new EP is super infectious and catchy. Much...

Jazzmaster Update: Fine Tuning

Jazzmaster Update: Fine Tuning

It’s been a couple months since I built the Jazzmaster, and after playing at a band practice and having more time to use it, I found that there were some sticking points I wanted to change. One was the bridge. I was not a fan of the stock JM bridge—too loose, and to quirky. Not to mention, first time I used it at practice, one of the saddle screws fell out. So I did a lot of reading, and after thinking about it, I decided to go full force: Buzz Stop, Mustang Bridge, and going from 10s to 11s on the strings. Last night I finally got some time to make the changes, and I have to say what a huge improve it is. The increased string tension from the buzz stop not only helps the strings stay in place, but it makes the guitar have more sustain and a little harder...

Jazzmaster Phase 3: All the other stuff (it’s done!)

My impatience got the best of me this weekend. I squeezed in whatever time I could to work on the Jazzmaster and finally got it all set up late Sunday night. I started out by tackling the remaining wiring tasks, such as installing the pickups and running the ground wire: While the wiring harness I bought from Hoagland Brothers was very nicely wired, I struggled to keep the extra pickup wires neatly contained. I did what I could, then added the foam pickup supports, and placed the pickguard with some masking tape, in case I needed to get in later and tweak (or fix!) any of the electronics: Almost ready! Neck was installed after this: After stringing it up and doing some quick playing, I realized that the nut was just way too high—any open chords I played...

Jazzmaster Phase Two: pickguard wiring, bridge cups, tremolo install

Jazzmaster Phase Two: pickguard wiring, bridge cups, tremolo install

Spent a fair amount of time on the Jazzmaster tonight and made some great progress. I started out with attaching the wiring harness to the pickguard. One unexpected thing I ran into was that the pot shafts for the volume and tone controls were too thick for the pro-drilled pickguard holes. I used a rat tail file to open them up more and that seemed to work nicely. The pots also had pretty long shafts, so I added some extra washers on the inside to keep the knobs from sitting too high off the pickguard. Similarly, the roller pot shafts for the neck pickup were too thick to fit through the mounting plate, so I used my dremel tool to open those up a little. Once completed, I had to do some more tweaking, but it finally came out right. Next, I moved on to the...

So, I’m building a Jazzmaster from parts.

As if I didn’t have enough guitars already, I recently decided to sell of a ton of music and recording gear I had not used in forever, or just simply didn’t want any more. I was able to upgrade/crossgrade a ton of my gear, and one of those things included buying the parts to build my own Jazzmaster. I’ve been wanting to build a guitar for a long time, but the cost of locating all of the parts always ended up being about the same or more than just buying a guitar that was all set to go. One day while browsing eBay, I came across some auctions by MJT Custom Aged Guitar Finishes. They do custom painting and  aging of aftermarket guitar parts to give them that worn look. They were offering a package, where they painted/aged all of the items for a...