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  • Ideas for modifying Jaguar HH. What do you think?

    I have one of the black Fender Jaguar HH Special guitars that MF was selling for $299 last year and I want to do some mods to it. Here are some of my ideas:

    1. I want to change pups to Gretsch Filtertrons. I have been reading online how to fit these pups into humbucker guitars and I think it can be done. Not sure about all the crazy wiring though.

    2. Considering adding a bigsby. Will the vibramate work with this guitar?

    3. Pickguard change. Any places online that sell pickguards that will fit this guitar and what color to go with black.

    4. Change volume/tone knobs.

    5. Improve the shielding. This thing feedbacks very easily and is noisy. Any suggestions.

    So what do you guys think. Any other ideas or has anybody messed around with this guitar that would have some helpful advice. Thanks for helping.
    Guitars: Gibson LP Classic, Fender Clapton Strat, Fender 70's RI Strat, G&L Legacy, G&L Commanche, Fender Jaguar HH, Fender Tele, Gibson MM RI, Dearmond S73, Martin J-15, Seagull Folk, PRS SE Custom, Schecter C1 Classic, Washburn HB35, Squier Tele Custom II, Washburn WD20S, Fender FotoFlame Jazz Bass, Epiphone Del Ray
    Amps: Fender Blues Jr. NOS, Fender DRRI, Ampeg J-20, Fender VibroChamp
    Pedals: VS Jeckyll and Hyde, VS H20, Ibanez TS9 w/ Keeley mod, HBE Compressor, OCD

  • #2
    There is a ebay vendor called 'dazbootman' or something. sells a good selection of pickguards. That's where I bought a B/W/B guard for my white classic player.
    I relocated the input jack to use a recessed tele side input, reduced the volume controls to one volume, changed out the tuners for locking ones.
    I still have the stock pickups in it. I don't really desire to change them.

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    • #3
      I have one of the black Fender Jaguar HH Special guitars that MF was selling for $299 last year and I want to do some mods to it. Here are some of my ideas:

      1. I want to change pups to Gretsch Filtertrons. I have been reading online how to fit these pups into humbucker guitars and I think it can be done. Not sure about all the crazy wiring though.

      2. Considering adding a bigsby. Will the vibramate work with this guitar?

      3. Pickguard change. Any places online that sell pickguards that will fit this guitar and what color to go with black.

      4. Change volume/tone knobs.

      5. Improve the shielding. This thing feedbacks very easily and is noisy. Any suggestions.

      So what do you guys think. Any other ideas or has anybody messed around with this guitar that would have some helpful advice. Thanks for helping.


      1. I would grab a set of GFS Surf 90's that would drop in vs filtertrons.

      2. If the current set up is a stop tail/tunematic, then a vibramate/bigsby will work. Get a roller bridge from this guy:
      http://www.azguitarparts.com

      any pics of your guitar?
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      Custom Wired Strat Pickguard Assemblies - PM me to discuss specs & pricing

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      • #4
        This is the guitar I have. I'm not sure about GFS pups. I have heard good things about the surf90's but I have had other GFS pups in the past and they haven't impressed.
        Guitars: Gibson LP Classic, Fender Clapton Strat, Fender 70's RI Strat, G&L Legacy, G&L Commanche, Fender Jaguar HH, Fender Tele, Gibson MM RI, Dearmond S73, Martin J-15, Seagull Folk, PRS SE Custom, Schecter C1 Classic, Washburn HB35, Squier Tele Custom II, Washburn WD20S, Fender FotoFlame Jazz Bass, Epiphone Del Ray
        Amps: Fender Blues Jr. NOS, Fender DRRI, Ampeg J-20, Fender VibroChamp
        Pedals: VS Jeckyll and Hyde, VS H20, Ibanez TS9 w/ Keeley mod, HBE Compressor, OCD

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        • #5
          Found a guy on ebay who sells pickguards for this guitar but they are $50. http://stores.ebay.com/Jeannie-Pickguards-and-Guitar-Parts/_i.html?_nkw=jaguar&_sid=100802589 Leaning towards a brown tort if I go with him. Also found that Warmoth makes pickguards for Jaguar bodies http://www.warmoth.com/Pickguard/JaguarPickguard.aspx, but it says that it will only fit their body and not Fender's. These are cheaper than the guy on ebay so wondering if anybody has experience with Warmoth pickguards fitting their guitar. Leaning towards the mint pickguard if I try Warmoth.
          Guitars: Gibson LP Classic, Fender Clapton Strat, Fender 70's RI Strat, G&L Legacy, G&L Commanche, Fender Jaguar HH, Fender Tele, Gibson MM RI, Dearmond S73, Martin J-15, Seagull Folk, PRS SE Custom, Schecter C1 Classic, Washburn HB35, Squier Tele Custom II, Washburn WD20S, Fender FotoFlame Jazz Bass, Epiphone Del Ray
          Amps: Fender Blues Jr. NOS, Fender DRRI, Ampeg J-20, Fender VibroChamp
          Pedals: VS Jeckyll and Hyde, VS H20, Ibanez TS9 w/ Keeley mod, HBE Compressor, OCD

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          • #6
            Hello CC2

            The cure to the noisy shielding problem is to connect the shielding in each of the cavities to the shielding on the back of the pickguard using double sided copper tape.

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            • #7
              I have a black SX Strat style guitar. It has a tortoise shell pickguard, chrome covered humbuckers, and chrome control knobs. You know it came stock like that. I won't change it, because I think it looks pretty cool!

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              • #8
                This is the guitar I have. I'm not sure about GFS pups. I have heard good things about the surf90's but I have had other GFS pups in the past and they haven't impressed.


                check this out:


                SPAM:


                Custom Wired Strat Pickguard Assemblies - PM me to discuss specs & pricing

                Good Trades: PunkKitty, mfergel, Norcal_GIT_r, Chuck1016, Elias Graves, hrcnsfan, ugameus, RosePickups, jelloman, Hookandcanman, Danocoustic

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                • #9


                  2. Considering adding a bigsby. Will the vibramate work with this guitar?

                  3. Pickguard change. Any places online that sell pickguards that will fit this guitar and what color to go with black.

                  4. Change volume/tone knobs.



                  The Vibramate does work. I had a Bigsby B5 with one on my Jag, although I took it off later.



                  I got a white pickguard from Jeannie Pickguards. And put in plain old Strat knobs, I found I really missed having numbers on my knobs.

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                  • #10
                    So I'm waffling worse than Brett Favre on what pickups to use in this guitar. Now I'm leaning towards doing standard Jaguar single coils. I'm leaning towards a tort guard, definitely going to do the Bigsby and witch hat knobs. The jaguar single coils I cam across are:
                    1)Fender AVRI Jaguar pups
                    2)Seymour duncan SJAG-1, SJAG-2, SJAG-3 and Antiquity
                    3)Novak
                    4)Vintage Vibe p90 type Jaguar pups
                    Any others I'm not thinking of. Any experience with these. I'm leaning towards the Fender AVRI pups due to cost plus they come with covers and the claw. I play mostly blues and rock. I also like the tone of John Frusciante from RHCP and I think he sometimes plays a Jag.
                    Guitars: Gibson LP Classic, Fender Clapton Strat, Fender 70's RI Strat, G&L Legacy, G&L Commanche, Fender Jaguar HH, Fender Tele, Gibson MM RI, Dearmond S73, Martin J-15, Seagull Folk, PRS SE Custom, Schecter C1 Classic, Washburn HB35, Squier Tele Custom II, Washburn WD20S, Fender FotoFlame Jazz Bass, Epiphone Del Ray
                    Amps: Fender Blues Jr. NOS, Fender DRRI, Ampeg J-20, Fender VibroChamp
                    Pedals: VS Jeckyll and Hyde, VS H20, Ibanez TS9 w/ Keeley mod, HBE Compressor, OCD

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                    • #11
                      Pics of my project ideas:


                      Guitars: Gibson LP Classic, Fender Clapton Strat, Fender 70's RI Strat, G&L Legacy, G&L Commanche, Fender Jaguar HH, Fender Tele, Gibson MM RI, Dearmond S73, Martin J-15, Seagull Folk, PRS SE Custom, Schecter C1 Classic, Washburn HB35, Squier Tele Custom II, Washburn WD20S, Fender FotoFlame Jazz Bass, Epiphone Del Ray
                      Amps: Fender Blues Jr. NOS, Fender DRRI, Ampeg J-20, Fender VibroChamp
                      Pedals: VS Jeckyll and Hyde, VS H20, Ibanez TS9 w/ Keeley mod, HBE Compressor, OCD

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                      • #12
                        Hey, whatever happened to this awesome project? I'm thinking about a build or a buy-and-mod with a Jag/Jazz body, Filtertron pickups and a Bigsby. I'm having a hard time finding that particular concentration anywhere...
                        __________________________________Fab4ever

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                        • #13
                          How the hell did anyone get for $299, that's a super nice guitar.
                          Electrics: Fender '73 Mustang RI, Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino, Gibson 60s Tribute Les Paul Studio, Daisy Rock Retro-H Deluxe, Squier Hello Kitty Strat x2Acoustics: Taylor 316CE-LTD, Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QITBasses: Squier Badtz Maru Bronco Bass, Aria CSB-300, Fender Mustang Bass RIAmps: Vox TB18C1, Vox Pathfinder 210, Peavey Transtube Envoy, Ampeg Micro VR StackMy Band: http://mittensband.com

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                          • #14
                            That's a great question, honeyiscool. I am hoping my good friends at Harmony Central forums would sound the alarm if such a deal came again!
                            __________________________________Fab4ever

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