The arm itself is vintage-spec brake formed not curved with zero free play and has a threaded outer end with parchment tip included.
No internal nylon plastic components are used. The fulcrum, doubler and string plate feature vintage-spec metal thicknesses and are un-plated solid stainless steel to ensure edge and thickness accuracy.
All of our products are luthier-designed and precision machined of the highest quality, non-corrosive materials in Minneapolis, MN. Now, I install them on most of my guitars and always recommend them over everything else out there. Our luthier designed and multi-patent issued hardware is crafted and assembled in Minneapolis, MN, using the finest materials available.
Each individual unit is inspected and tested before being shipped to you, to ensure the best possible performance.
Every part of our vibrato is precision machined out of the highest quality, non-corrosive materials to protect against any rust. Because we are currently such a small shop, Mastery hardware is only available through this website and is not available through any other online retailer in the USA. Please look over the specs of the various parts that go into the Mastery Vibrato below.
The string and fulcrum plate are brake formed in our tooling and the string plate is slightly undersized on the top edge near the spring to ensure clearance in the body cavity rout of new builds. We machine a consistent edge to both the string and fulcrum plate after brake forming at the point where they make contact with each other for the best possible performance. The internal fulcrum plate is secured by three flat head Phillips machine screws so your E strings will not rest against the top of the screws.
Our body plate is thicker to accommodate our flat head fulcrum plate screws and to prevent warping.
The body and string plate have a radiused edge and are hand finished. Our polished P versions are hand sanded and buffed to a high luster finish.
The string plate cutout on the body plate is deeper to prevent the ball ends of your strings from touching the back end of the plate when the arm is moved upward. This also increases the upward dynamic range.
Mastery Jazzmaster vibrato
When stringing, adjust it centered and it will remain in place under tension. Our valve spring is custom made out of high carbon steel and is pre-set to remove stress and lessen any break-in period. High carbon steel is harder than stainless steel and better returns to its original shape despite significant bending. Our spring seat is machined from solid brass. Turning the center Phillips machine screw on the body plate adjusts the tension of the spring and in doing so, the arm tension.
Turn it clockwise to stiffen or counterclockwise to loosen to your preference.Users browsing this forum: kaboodle45 and 32 guests. Skip to content. Quick links. Mastery Vibrato, better tone?
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Discussion of newer designs, copies and reissue offset-waist instruments. Search Advanced search. It's pricy, but does it sound better than the AVRI's too? Re: Mastery Vibrato, better tone? I love Mastery stuff. But I would say NO to making your guitar sound better. If you know how to set them up properly, they have all been good. My fav is my pat pend trem on my 58 jazzmaster. They don't make the guitar sound better, the spring on them is just nice and stiff.
It feels like the springs you will find in the early Jazzmasters. I recently bought one after I decided the prices on vintage vibratos was too high. I've bought a handful in the past but with the prices being so high on them right now, it seemed like the time to buy a Mastery which I had tried examples of already. The AVRI is really well made, I just wish the spring was different it would have saved me a lot of money.
Worth it? I've got a Mastery vibrato and bridge on my Harvester and it really is an incredibly well made piece of kit - feels smoother and more solid than the trem on my JM. That said, there's nothing wrong with the good old JM vibrato. My favourite Fender vibrato by a long margin. No idea, I used one, but it was on a Nash and not one I own.
It was a good tremolo but the guitar itself wasn't really all that resonant.Please read over this entire page for information on our body thimbles and your guitar. For more information on how our bridge works, please visit our specs page. If you have an American Professional, American original or 60th Anniversary model please look at the links below. The M2 is intended for Japanese made guitars with standard non-threaded Jazzmaster style body thimbles.
The inside diameter on Mexican made thimbles are slightly smaller and require our standard MT thimbles installed for our M1 bridge to work. If you need assistance replacing them, please contact your local luthier.
Vintage style thimbles found on this model are fairly easy to replace. Post spacing, post size, bushing size and tolerances vary greatly on these mostly Korean made bridges and we do not make threaded style mounting posts as they do not function as well as standard USA style thimbles with our original post design.
Korean specs and tolerances are constantly changing and we do not follow Korean made hardware. For more information on our thimbles visit our specs page. It is recommended a luthier replace these if you are unfamiliar with the process.
This bridge is not intended for replacing a plate-style, traditional tele bridge. For that you would want our M4. Vintage style thimbles are fairly easy to replace. There are plastic washers inside of the thimbles on these guitars. Plastic has no longevity when it comes to guitar hardware.
The thimbles found on this model are fairly easy to replace. If you need assistance replacing or installing our thimbles, please contact your local luthier. We make one vintage spec size thimble for our M1 bridge. Please review our specs page for more information about our thimbles. Skip to content.
Which to Buy? Bridge covers and mutes are not compatible with the Mastery Bridge. View Item. American Original Model. Any reissue Bass VI. Vintage Mustang guitar. Any reissue Mustang guitar. Any baritone guitar.The front window has a few select guitars hanging above the main centerpiece of the front window… which just happens to be a shiny black vintage Triumph motorcycle just begging to get back out on the open road. The main and only room is laid out like a killer mancave or the chill lobby of a recording studio.
There is a big couch behind a large coffee table that is just made to kick your feet up on. It all begs you to grab the ax of your choice off the wall and sink back into perfect creature comfort. It became apparently clear…this is definitely the kind of place you might stop off on your lunch break and never quite make it back to the office from. Mike was behind the counter at his workbench working on one of his soon to be killer custom creations…Per mike:.
Mike goes out of his way to offer something for everyone…not just high dollar or vintage collector clients. The afternoon faded away as we sat strumming acoustics and sipping some adult beverages. Some old friends and a few staple clients stopped in and joined the festivities.
Eventually it was time for everyone to head out and get on with the approaching Hermosa Beach Friday night. As soon as the door closed and the keylock was turned…I already started missing the place. Stay tuned for Part 2! One of the most important reasons I started Electric Dreams Mag was to feature builders and brands that stand above the crowd.
I got the itch to try out a Fender Jazzmaster for some of the tracks I was working on. I looked online to see what was available at different price points. The Fender squire vintage modified Jazzmaster immediately caught my attention based upon the great reviews, vintage retro vibe and of course the affordable price point. To be completely honest…I bought this guitar with the intention of just testing it out for a few days to see if I even liked the Jazzmaster vibe and then most likely sending it back.
I ran it through some new tracks and immediately connected with the vibe and tone even from the stock electronics. After using it off and on all that week for recording, a serious deal breaker issue kept raising its ugly head.
Worst of all…string fall off on the high e and even the g string during bends and hard strumming make the instrument unusable at times with the stock bridge setup.
In fact I was so into the guitar I had no intention of sending it back or even feeling the need to upgrade down the road at some point. Then I saw a glimmer of hope from the corner of my eye. First I ordered the bridge setup from Mastery which showed up in a super cool retro brown box with excellent retro metal tin container. The small tin box housed the bridge parts and Allen wrench tools for fine adjustments in a cloth bag. Note to other manufactures who might be reading this…never underestimate the power of your packaging matching the quality and aesthetic of your product.
The improvement in playability and tone was so astonishing I immediately sucked it up and ordered the matching vibrato system that very day.By Danny Trent Learning. Last Updated on April 16th, In the music industry, vibrato vs tremolo are two guitar effects often confused by not only musicians and guitarists but manufacturers as well.
Both vibrato and tremolo modulation effects produce a similar movement and rhythm sound, which explains why is it so easily confused by guitarists, but the way that these two techniques are produced is completely different. Vibrato and tremolo are both musical notations or modulation effects that can be used with a wide variety of instruments, both wind, and strings.
Vibrato is a palpitating sound effect that is created from small rapid changes in the frequency also known as pitch of a note. Vibrato has been used for centuries in musical compositions, as a way to add color and expression to music sound, for example in a guitar.
Vibrato is expressed through two different parameters; through speed how quickly the pitch is changed and through depth the amount of change in the pitch. In other words, vibrato is a change in signal of the pitch, which makes the note bend up and down. The thing about having a whammy bar on your guitar, but in the form of a pedal. A whammy bar forces the bridge of the guitar to put more or less pressure on the strings in order to change the pitch of the strings.
Some manufacturers produce vibrato pedals, which operate very similarly to whammy bars; the vibrato pedals change the pitch of your strings. Vibrato is all about pitch. There are two main types of vibrato pedals on the market- digital vibrato pedals and analog vibrato pedals.
As for the analog vibrato pedal and the digital vibrato pedal, analog pedals are the more popular choice among the two. This is because analog pedals produce a bit of warmth when the phase shift occurs, as well as being more precise in a change of pitch compared to digital vibrato pedals. On the other hand, tremolo trem is where a musician creates rapid changes in the volume of a note; when doing more research, you may also find articles that say that tremolo changes the amplitude of a note- amplitude is another word for volume.
All tremolo does it change the volume or a pitch. Tremolo modulation can either be created mechanically or manually; manual vibrato is also called finger vibrato or hand vibrato. Finger Vibrato is a technique in which a guitarist uses their fingers or hands to bend the string up and down; by moving the strings and up down, the guitarist produces a small alteration in the pitch, which vibrato is correctly defined.
Ever since the late s, guitars have been equipped developed and produced with vibrato systems that are operated mechanically, most commonly found in a hand lever.
This is where the confusion really begins! The Stratocaster guitar by Leo Fender was produced in and was produced with a mechanical bridge mechanism that allowed players to bend strings from subtle movements to large bends, all while keeping accurate intonation. Trem is great to use if you are looking to create a pulsating effect or any other type of percussive effect.
Again, if you are worried about applying the trem technique to your music and not being able to maintain a consistent tempo or tone, there are tremolo pedals on the market that allow you to produce a tremolo effect by pressing down on the pedal. These pedals work very similarly to vibrato pedals, but instead of producing a vibrato effect, tremolo pedals produce a wavy or choppy effect, depending on which option you select. When testing out and comparing the tremolo pedal and the vibrato pedal, a lot of people commented that the tremolo pedal sounded a lot more artificial than the vibrato pedal.
The effect that the tremolo pedal produces is a lot more obvious compared to the vibrato pedal that maintain a straight tone. You will need to find a professional guitar player who will teach you the basics, and you can practise with a singer or someone who plays another musical instrument like violin. There are three styles of vibrato: classical, blues and traditional, and these three are played in a different way.
The classical vibrato is played with putting the pressure on one note, traditional vibrato requires horizontal moving, and blues vibrato requires playing the. The tremolo pedal creates an effect that changes the volume of your signal.
Once you have connected the tremolo pedal, you will notice the oscilation waves, which will become lower at some point, and then brought back up again. Vibrato and tremolo are both techniques that have the ability to really add emotion to your music or allow you to change a bridge in a song.
Both of these techniques really allow musicians to add expression to their music, which makes the difference between a decent song and a memorable masterpiece. Vibrato is always about the pitch, while tremolo is always about volume.
Danny grew up playing anything that looked like a guitar.Discussion in ' Guitars in General ' started by saucyjackJan 30, Log in or Sign up. The Gear Page. Jan 30, 1. Messages: Already have the Mastery bridge and a 60s era vibrato on my Jazzmaster didn't like the Asian made newer units much and pretty happy with that setup but the Mastery looks intriguing.
A definite upgrade from an old school Jazzmaster vibrato or not so much? Jan 30, 2. Messages: 2, It's really a nice upgrade. The tension and 'play' or responsiveness is really smooth. It's an expensive mod, but if you use your trem a lot, then it'd be worth it for me. Jan 30, 3. Messages: 1, I had one on a Marr Jag.
With the blindfold off, the Mastery is much better designed and constructed. Last edited: Jan 30, RidgebackJan 30, Jan 30, 4. It's a nice upgrade but in no sense necessary or essential. If you have money to burn and want something fun, sure. Larry MalJan 30, Jan 30, 5. Messages: 5, Jan 30, 6. If you have a 60's era vibrato unit, you're good.
Otherwise, I prefer the Mastery unit to any other contemporary option, including Fender's current American-made vibratos.
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Best thing about the Mastery is being able to dial in your vibrato feel without taking the unit out of the guitar. Zounds PerspexJan 30, Jan 30, 7. Messages: 6,A s I described in my post on the Jazzmasterthe original Jazzmaster bridge is problematic in a number of ways: often buzzing and failing to retain the strings seated in their saddles when any heavy string bending ensues. Shortly after purchasing a Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster, I became frustrated with the aforementioned bridge issues.
Fortunately, Matt at 30 th Street Guitars offered me an affordable quick fix. He swapped the original Jazzmaster bridge for a Fender Mustang bridge, which is apparently a direct replacement.
Still, a certain amount of buzzing remained, and sustain was not what one would hope. I opted to spring for the Mastery Bridge, in the hope that it would turn this folly magically fabulous.
Fortunately the price had come down considerably in the interim. The strings still remain firmly in place when bending, but it is the difference in tone and sustain that is astounding. No more buzzing at the bridge and the sound seems perfectly transferred to the pickups. Did I mention that the intonation is way better now as well? Thanks to the Mastery Bridge my Blacktop Jazzmaster has gone from an interesting, but potentially failed, project to an instrument I will be proud to play anywhere.
Hopefully by the time they are back in stock I will have the money. I have the same issue with mine and am wanting to buy one, but a local guitar tech told me they wont fit on the Blacktops? They absolutely will. Just make sure Mastery sends you the right sockets for the studs. Contact them and they will be helpful and your guitar tech can contact them for help as well.Audio Comparison - 1966 Jaguar vs 1966 Jazzmaster (no talking)
Ahhh, the phenomenon of having to replace everything…. By all means, the old tele bridge is a simple! If you issue is that the springs jumbo out of the grooves, how difficult would it be to file your groove a bit deeper and raise the whole thing a touch…? The new bridge gives you more sustain? That begs 2 questions, one is like really??? You could actually play a Les Paul if you want sustain for a change OR you could do what thousands of peoples did in earlier times, obsessed with other fads, mounting all kinds of brass hardware including a brass nut on the guitar and even add brass weights to the head plate.
Yup, those things sold by the thousands. Coming to the last point: why would you say the Mastery bridge improves intonation?