59 JM is underway!

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59 JM is underway!

Post by momunist » Wed Jan 31, 2007 5:50 pm

so if finally got the bridge and pickups for my 59 Jazzmaster.  i started with an inexpensive bridge, one of the no-name jobs that WD sells.  i wanted to make sure first that the neck and frets were in playable shape.  happily they are.  here's the first mockup to check the neck.

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Post by momunist » Wed Jan 31, 2007 5:53 pm

so wait.. pardon my ignorance, i've never posted pics.  give me a minute to try and figure out how.

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Post by StevenO » Wed Jan 31, 2007 5:55 pm

Photobucket the pictures and then post.
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Re: 59 JM is underway!

Post by momunist » Wed Jan 31, 2007 5:56 pm

i'm sorry, but i don't know what that means.  how do i "photobucket" an image?  again, sorry for the ignorance.

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Post by fullerplast » Wed Jan 31, 2007 5:56 pm

You can't post them from your hardrive... you have to upload them on the web somewhere and link them from here.

Here's a fast and free place to load them:

http://imageshack.us/


Once you load one there, copy the link and paste it here, highlight it, and then click the picture icon above. You have to do one at a time. Or you can load them all in a place like photobucket (a pic hosting website) and then link the album from here. I hope this helps!

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Re: 59 JM is underway!

Post by StevenO » Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:04 pm

Yeah, what doug said^^.

PhotoBucket is a site where you upload pictures in order to post them on message boards. It's a good place to put up all your pictures you have on your hard drive so that you don't lose them when reformatting your computer. ImageShack is just as good.

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Re: 59 JM is underway!

Post by momunist » Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:17 pm

ok, here's the first mockup, just a bridge

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Post by momunist » Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:24 pm

it played ok, but i removed the neck to shim it a little more and increase the neck angle.  here's the 3/59 pencil date.  looks just like the handwriting on the example on the vintage guitar info site.
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Post by momunist » Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:32 pm

the pickups arrived today!

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Re: 59 JM is underway!

Post by momunist » Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:35 pm

so i made another quick mockup so i can actually play it for a couple days.  and no i didn't put any extra holes in the body.  i just used a torty guard i had around, a single switch to make sure both pickups work, and a volume control.  it sounds GREAT!
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more to follow as it comes along.
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Re: 59 JM is underway!

Post by Soiouz » Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:41 pm

Great to see this 1959 will be revived!!!!


Good job!

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Re: 59 JM is underway!

Post by fullerplast » Wed Jan 31, 2007 7:01 pm

Yea man... lookin' good!

This one will be especially interesting, as we all watched it (on the forum) when it was on eBay.... It's like an old friend already.

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Post by momunist » Wed Jan 31, 2007 7:07 pm

i think it's going to work out.  i tried to take a photo, under the bridge pickup shield, there's a pencil mark 7/59.  i'm not a good photog, i wasn't able to get it to show up in an image.  i was a little worried about the frets, they are pretty worn.  they don't have "cowboy chords" worn into them, but they aren't very tall.  much to my delight though, i set it up and they play well and buzz free, even with a low action.  i prefer a medium to high setup, i just wanted to make sure it was playable even with a lower action.  next step will be some complete electronics and a search for a vintage bridge and tailpiece.

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Re: 59 JM is underway!

Post by Jay » Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:23 pm

The vintage bridge and trem shouldn't be too difficult to grab on eBay with a little patience.  They seem to come up quite often.

Guitar looks good though.  That's kind of a different 70's brown stain finish then you typically see... got a nice reddish look to it.  You're going to refinish it though right?  Any thoughts on a color?

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Post by momunist » Wed Jan 31, 2007 9:03 pm

yeah, i'm hoping to refinish.  i usually do everything myself, but i thought about having it done by someone with more experience/better equipment than i have.  the seller i bought if from said it was "originally blue".  i was told by a couple different shops that a sunburst probably wouldn't be possible, because the red in the stain that's on it now probably won't completely come out and would bleed up under a sunburst or white finish.  i'm thinking LPB or maybe even san marino if i can find the dupont color formula for it.  LPB would probably be more believable.  if not that, then CAR.  i'm just excited to have it up and playing now.  i know i shouldn't, but i'm thinking of using it on some gigs i have coming up.  what's the use of having a guitar if you can't play it right?  i'm sure it will get a lot of use in my studio either way. 

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