Project Offset Phase four! - Headstock refin and bone nut install

Project Offset Phase four! - Headstock refin and bone nut install

Well, it's safe to say that the Squier 'Vintage Modified' Jazzmaster project guitar has fully stolen my heart. I've really enjoyed working on it, and making it into a truly great guitar. I'm hooked!
Video - Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Review & Demo

Video - Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Review & Demo

I have been itching to get my hands on a J Mascis Jazzmaster properly for some time, having heard SO many good things said about them I simply wanted to see what all the fuss was about!
A good friend and customer dropped off his JMJM for a trem unit change (to the Fender AVRI unit and Stay Trem Arm) so it was a good opportunity to play one as they are out the box, and what they're like after a small but effective mod. Results? Amazing!
Vintage 'Tort' and how Mark Townsend of Spitfire captured the magic - Project Offset Phase four!

Vintage 'Tort' and how Mark Townsend of Spitfire captured the magic - Project Offset Phase four!

When you're lucky enough to be graced by a vintage guitar, perhaps a Pre-CBS Fender for example, and it's outfitted with an original Celluloid Nitrate tortoiseshell pickguard, there is undoubtedly a certain magic to it. It's three dimensional splashes of lava like yellows, glowing reds and rich dark browns. Each one different, each with their own character. For a vintage enthusiast, reproduction guards just don't even come close.
The offset hot topic, Bridges! Stay Trem, KTS, Mustang, Mastery & Buzz Stop all discussed!

The offset hot topic, Bridges! Stay Trem, KTS, Mustang, Mastery & Buzz Stop all discussed!

When it comes to offsets, Jazzmasters & Jaguars in particular, one topic is almost always the top pick, their bridges. With forums and social media discussions seemingly full of tales of string jumping and buzzing woes, quick fixes and upgrade options, I wanted to compile my findings and experiences, and do so honestly. So this may become a handy reference point for those getting into these superb but often misunderstood guitars. 
Project Offset - Phase two, modding & tackling common Import obstacles.

Project Offset - Phase two, modding & tackling common Import obstacles.

If you have a guitar you're planning on modifying, chances are that it will be an import instrument. There's good reason for that, they offer great quality bang for buck resulting in a great base for tweaks here and there than perhaps a more premium, pricier American made equivalent would. Let's face it, not everyone who's just spend £1500+ on a USA made instrument wants to go at it replacing bridges or pickups, so the import market offers great scope for DIY tweaking.
Project Offset - A Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster goes under the knife

Project Offset - A Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster goes under the knife

One task that's always at the top of my 'To-Do' list, is creating a collection of demo videos for the entire McNelly Pickups Range. Although I've recorded videos with some beautiful premium guitars, without doubt the best way of demo-ing pickups is by upgrading more 'budget' instruments. Why? Well this is a great way of not hiding behind quality woods and materials. If it sounds great, then it's mostly because of the pickups!