Dating a japanese fender strat

But for my purposes the graphtechs worked perfectly.

You can swap these pots out, add resistors in parallel or simply turn the pot down to get a sound closer to that of a strat.

And a rhythm circuit which only allows use for the neck pickup and bypasses all the controls at the bottom, using its own tone/volume control rollers at the top.

This is more of an issue with the Japanese jags, as the groves arent cut deep enough, strings pop out of the saddles, the height adjustment screws tend to buzz and fall out because of the vibrations and blah blah blah.

There are all kinds of solutions to this, using threadlock/nail varnish to hold the screws in (Which will need to be redone every time you adjust the saddles after it hardens), angling the saddles so the the strings dont pop out, using heavy gauge (12’s ) strings, (I’ve tried all of the above, with okay results) and the ugly addition of a buzz stop.

Then reissued in the late 90s followed by a steadily growing interest in the guitar. The jag is designed to be very versatile, lots of sounds are available from this guitar, and after a while the switches all make perfect sense. A lead circuit which allows you to use either/both pickups and all the controls on the bottom of the guitar.

This circuit uses 1meg pots for the tone/volume control and as a result is much brighter than your standard strat sounds.This requires a precise set up of the trem to use though, I personally don’t bother, but if you want to know how the best option would be to take the trem itself off the guitar and have a look inside while you play with the range of the trem.The only real issue with the trem is the arm has a tendancy to fall out, the AV models have a lip to hold the arm in the “teeth” in the arm socket. You can correct this by wrapping some tape around the trem arm under the trem where it sits in the cavity, or by gently closing the teeth around the socket with some pliers.The low 7.5″ radius with the CIJ/MIJ/AV models can present an issue without a proper set up, as with all guitars with this radius.Notes tend to choke off when bent higher up the fretboard, the only real solution is to set asside a few hours to intonate, check the truss rod for a decent amount of bow and set the action correctly.You should be able to minimize the choke off to only a few frets and still keep the strings at a comfortable height.