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My first offset, from the UK

Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:01 am
by MrJagsquire

After about a year of looking I've finally made the jump and bought my first Offset, so I thought I should join the forum. :) I'm from Berkshire in UK and just bought a 3 tone sunburst Fender Player Jaguar. My forum name is a little clue as to what my plans are for it: I'm going to modify it into a single (bridge) pickup guitar like an Esquire is to a Telecaster, so I'll start a thread in the appropriate section once I get started.

In the meantime hello fellow Offsetters. :)

Re: My first offset, from the UK

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:04 am
by guitalias

Re: My first offset, from the UK

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:21 am
by MrJagsquire
I've divided my time this week between doing little jobs on the new Jaguar and actually playing it. I've got an Esquire that I built up this summer and have refinished the neck, so it has been rubbed very smooth. The Jaguar felt quite rough in comparison despite the Esquire also having a MIM Fender neck. It just took a bit of 3M plastic 'not wire wool' pads to smooth the fingerboard and some fret rubbers to polish up the frets and a little work on the ends to smooth them...much better now and the oil I used has darkened the PF nicely so it looks richer too (and very similar to the Rosewood fingerboard on my Les Paul Junior).

I've put clear nitro lacquer on the threads of the saddle screws as they kept coming unscrewed while I was playing and altering the action. All nicely adjusted now and the intonation adjusted better too. I've just got to take my nut files to work as the first few frets are a little sharp which is usually a sign that the slots aren't deep enough. I won't change the nut (unless I mess it up and cut too deep, but I've done that before, so I'm wise to that now I hope ;D ). I've also screwed down the trem so that it will only go downwards now and a string break won't put the guitar out of tune: I don't really use the trem, but I like the looks of the trem models over the ones with TOM bridges and fixed tail pieces.

Just waiting for some spares to arrive so I can cut a new single pickup guard and wire up a spare control panel, so the original bits can be put to one side incase I ever want to put it back to standard. I've got some 11 gauge strings coming too because I'm finding the 10s on this a bit too floppy since I use 10s on my Esquire which has a longer scale of course.

Re: My first offset, from the UK

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:33 am
by Bradley-Jazz
Hello and welcome!

Glad the guitar is going well. Most people around here would recommend at least 11s on a Jag - I have 11s on my Marr, didn't get on with 10s on it at all. I do use 10s on my teles and jazzmaster.

Go steady with the nut, and enjoy!

Re: My first offset, from the UK

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:48 pm
by MrJagsquire
Thanks Bradley.

I used to put 9s or 9.5s on my Fenders and 10s on my Gibsons, but when I built the Esquire it seemed to suit 10s and my fingers have got used to it, so when I swap from the Esquire to the Jaguar it feels much looser (obviously the shorter scale). If 11s feel good to play on it, then I'm sure they will help with some of the Jaguar's 'idiosyncrasies'.

I'm also trying some 10s with heavier bottom strings on my Les Paul Junior because I've got used to the heavier strings on the Esquire. At this rate I'll end up with 13s on my guitars. ;D

Re: My first offset, from the UK

Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:30 am
by gusman2x
What oil did you use on the fretboard? I've tried a few on my PF board, and it only stays dark for a day or so.