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    Hey there, I just got a Fender Jazzmaster, and when I got it from the store, it had super low action with 9's on it. There was some buzz and slight fretting out, so I had it slightly adjusted. the action got a tad worse, but anyways today, I put 10's on it, and now it just doesnt feel right. I know that 10's are kind of the standard, but ive always liked the feel of 9;s so much more. How much does it affect tone with the gauge? and would my best bet be to put a really nice set of 9's on it and make sure the neck and saddle are set up right? thanks

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    • #3
      I put 9s on all of my electrics. In my opinion they sound better than 10s. As far as action goes I generally raise the bridge until the fret buzz goes away.

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      • #4
        I use nines on all my Strats and strat scale guitars. On shorter scale guitars I use tens.

        Your problem could be one of a few things:

        1. The neck is not properly bolted to the body. Check this first.

        2. The action is just too low.

        3. The neck is not properly adjusted. This can cause the problems you describe. Search YouTube and you'll get a ton of vids showing you how to do this. It's easy. Just make small adjustments - less is more.
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        • #5
          go with whatever feels best to you. Tonal differences will be slight, and I think how it "feels" is a little more important than a slight tonal change.


          Any half wit tech should be able to do a decent setup on it for you.
          That's what she said

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          • #6
            Jazzmasters are notorious for not getting along with light gauge strings - they just don't put enough pressure down on the vintage bridge. Standard-ish gauge for the traditional bridge is .011 or .012.
            I'm in a band called Little Sluggers. Signature.

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              Any half wit tech should be able to do a decent setup on it for you.

              This is absolutely not true. You'd want it to be, but no. Not even close.
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              And the fact that you haven't punched Cockbobbler Chickenguy in the naughty bits for making fun of it proves how much of a stud you truly are.

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              • #8
                is it an AVRI Jazzmaster? Either put 11s on it or sell it. Those things were made for heavy flatwound strings, putting 9s on will be a PITA and you'll end up getting gibson hardware for it and all this other nonsense. Just sell it now.

                Theres a store in England that has a sign that reads: we set up ANY guitars except Jazzmasters and Jaguars
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                • #9
                  is it an AVRI Jazzmaster? Either put 11s on it or sell it. Those things were made for heavy flatwound strings, putting 9s on will be a PITA and you'll end up getting gibson hardware for it and all this other nonsense. Just sell it now.

                  Theres a store in England that has a sign that reads: we set up ANY guitars except Jazzmasters and Jaguars


                  Im sorry, Not sure what AVRI stands for. something something reissue i assume. Its a Japanese Reissue. I love the guitar overall, I would definitely not sell it. But would 11's be good on it?

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                  • #10
                    This is absolutely not true. You'd want it to be, but no. Not even close.


                    no it is true. It's finding a tech that is at least a half wit that's the problem oke:
                    That's what she said

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                    • #11
                      no it is true. It's finding a tech that is at least a half wit that's the problem oke:


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                      Originally Posted by cratz2


                      Your shirt is the manliest shirt I've ever witnessed.
                      And the fact that you haven't punched Cockbobbler Chickenguy in the naughty bits for making fun of it proves how much of a stud you truly are.

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                      • #12
                        Im sorry, Not sure what AVRI stands for. something something reissue i assume. Its a Japanese Reissue. I love the guitar overall, I would definitely not sell it. But would 11's be good on it?


                        MIJ guitars came with the vintage bridge that presents the issues you're having. 11s will solve the issues, but they'll still feel like 11s.
                        I'm in a band called Little Sluggers. Signature.

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                        • #13
                          MIJ guitars came with the vintage bridge that presents the issues you're having. 11s will solve the issues, but they'll still feel like 11s.



                          Will the action suffer? I know it will be likely stiffer but how about the action?? I would rather have slight buzz and 9's than have horrible action

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                          • #14
                            I don't know if this has been addressed in the tread already, but putting 10s on a guitar that was set up with 9s will put much more pull on the neck and trem. Both will need to be reset for the pull of the new gauge strings.

                            I'd go back to 9s though if you like how those strings felt.

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                            • #15
                              Will the action suffer? I know it will be likely stiffer but how about the action?? I would rather have slight buzz and 9's than have horrible action


                              Action, as in string height? You should be able to get it just as low, probably lower.
                              I'm in a band called Little Sluggers. Signature.

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