My first "Real" modding project: Affinity jazzmaster

Discussion in 'Squier Offset Guitars' started by TheKurdtz, Jan 16, 2018.

  1. TheKurdtz

    TheKurdtz Squier-Nut

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    Hello everyone, as you know, i am the proud owner of a vm jag that i cherish and love. But i have been wanting to mod it for a long time... But part of my new years resolutions are to get more gear i really, really like.
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    Now that doesn't mean that i'm going to get rid of my jag, but i will probably get rid off some guitars that i barely play to fund this project.

    And i think you will like this project, my fellow squiertalkers....

    My plan is to incorporate my favorite player in a whole new guitar!

    And that is where the affinity jazzmaster comes in, i really, really liked this guitar, and after i tested it out in my local guitar store, i went home and browsed the specs. This is where i found something peculiar: the affinity jazzmaster does NOT have a jazzmaster body, it has a jagmaster body! keep in mind, i had never heard about jagmasters when i first stumbled upon this, and when i was looking for pictures online i found this:
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    pretty awesome guitar am i right?

    but then i got my jag and the GAS stopped.... for a moment. and when i decided that i wanted a humbucker in the bridge position i searched the web some more on how to install one, and whilst doing so again yesterday i stumbled upon this:

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    THE FENDER BLACKTOP JAGUAR!

    this is pretty much what i want my next guitar to look like, i want to do the following mods on an affinity ja(g)zzmaster:
    -put some pickup covers on those babies
    -install a jaguar control plate
    -maybe do some other cool mods overtime

    the main reason why i want a control plate from a jaguar is because i hate how the buttons on the affy jazzmasters are placed, and i love how it looks. but that's also my main concern with doing this: i know that i'll probably need to find/make another pickguard to make the plate fit, but i'm not sure if a jaguar plate will fit or if a plate from a mustang or even a jazz bass would fit better, does anybody know?


    Cheers,
    G
     
  2. TheKurdtz

    TheKurdtz Squier-Nut

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    so, just for funsies. i posted an add looking for offsets, and this guy just told me me has a heavily modded jag he's willing to sell to me, i haven't got any pics yet though :/
     
  3. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

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    I have only seen Jags and Jazzes in the wild. Maybe one jagmaster. Sorry I can't help with the specs but someone here will know something.

    Sounds like you have a good project in mind.
     
  4. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Dr. Squier

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY
    Look at that big fender amp ! ! Good Decision ! ! !
     
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  5. TheKurdtz

    TheKurdtz Squier-Nut

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    i love it so much, it feels like i have become way better at playing within days. my mom says so too, and my dad... well you know :confused:
     
  6. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Dr. Squier

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY
    speaker must have been bad in the "cube" ?
     
  7. TheKurdtz

    TheKurdtz Squier-Nut

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    i don't know, i don't really care about that one anymore. i might sell it one of these days
     
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  8. TheKurdtz

    TheKurdtz Squier-Nut

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    anybody got any info or tips about doing this?
     
  9. CVSteve

    CVSteve Squier Talker

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    Yeah, me too
     
  10. kjohns339

    kjohns339 Squier Talker

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    Tips about doing what? Making an Affinity JM look like a MIM blacktop?
     
  11. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Squier-holic

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    Cool idea, should be fun.
    I'd buy the shortest control plate you can: the Jazz Bass will be the longest I believe. Mustang maybe a little longer than the Jag? I'd go with the Jag plate first.
    Then unscrew your pickguard and remove all the electronics. Put the pickguard back on with a few screws and see if the Jag plate will match the pot holes AND have room to cover any pickguard screws.

    If you're lucky, you can cover all holes and install pots without extra routing. If you're really lucky, then you can chop your existing pickguard to fit around the plate and not have it looking hackish. It's more likely that you'll need a custom made pickguard.

    As for the pickups, well I'm not that informed on Gibson style HBs, I'd just buy a new set with covers and be done with it. You aren't changing the bridge, right?
     
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  12. TheKurdtz

    TheKurdtz Squier-Nut

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    thanks! nope not changing that bridge
     
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  13. kjohns339

    kjohns339 Squier Talker

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    I did something similar with a MIM Squier Jazz bass. Those came with a full plastic pickguard(no plate). I just bought a plate and cut the pickguard down to fit.
     
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  14. benjammin420

    benjammin420 Squier Talker

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    The Affinity Jazzmaster doesn't have a tremolo like the Jagmaster, so it's kind of a 3rd variation
     
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