Origin: 2012 Squier VM Jaguar SS Bass
- Jaguar Upper control plate with Volume, Tone and circuit switch
- Jaguar Switch plate
- All pots CTS/Fender 1meg
- Chrome Strat style knobs (AllParts)
- Switchcraft output jack
- GFS Jazz Bass bridge pickup
- Circuit: Fairly standard volume and tone set-up, but with three different tone caps available (details below)
- D’Addario XL ETB92S, Medium Nylon tapewound strings, .050, .065, .085, .105
Like Ivy, this is a Squier Vintage Modified Short Scale Jaguar bass, this one in Black. Modified to look like Henrietta, a Fender MIJ Jaguar HH Special edition.
Circuit is similar to a Jaguar guitar circuit. All pots are 1 meg.
With the circuit switch in the up position, only the P-Pickup is used, and only the upper volume and tone controls. Both pots are 1 meg linear, rather than the 1 meg and 50K used on Jaguar guitars. The tone control uses a .022 capacitor for a slighty brighter tone (with pot at minimum) than with a standard .047 capacitor.
With the circuit switch in the down position, either pickup can be used individually or together (in parallel), with individual volume controls for each, and a master tone control on the lower plate. Volume and tone controls on the upper plate are disconnected. There is an on-off switch for each pickup, and a “thin” switch. The thin switch operates differently than on a Jaguar guitar. In the down position, the tone control uses a .047 capacitor. In the up position, it uses a .01 capacitor, giving a brighter tone than the upper circuit.
See also: Ivy
Named for Pam Ravenscroft, Eric Northman’s “child” and partner in the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, as well as the HBO series “True Blood”
Pickguard rough cut:
Pickguard shaped closer to final, but not quite done:
Mounted finished pickguard, and laid plates in position. Marked around pickguard and plates with silver sharpie. Also marked and drilled screw holes for plates:
Using silver sharpie, marked location of routs, and then outlined with binding tape. (Note, silver sharpie markings are easily removed from urethane or polyester finishes with a bit of polishing compound. I actually use Turtle Wax chrome polish. I would not recommend using the sharpie on lacquer finishes.):
Laid a piece of tracing paper over rout area, and transferred tape edges to paper, then cut out with an X-Acto knife:
Taped the tracing to a piece of 1/2″ MDF, transferred outline and marked with masking tape. Routed along tape edges to make rough template:
Assembled parts to plates, and used them to check template:
Used a Dremel along with a sanding block with 80 grit paper to size and smooth template. The tape is where I cut the template a bit too close to the edge of the plate. I built the area back up with a few layers of binding tape and used a couple pieces to hold it all in place:
Attached template to body with two bridge screws, and we’re ready to make some sawdust:
Fit the pickguard and plates again to make sure they fit:
Mounted the pickups and wired up the new plates as well as the lower plate (not shown):
Here’s a schematic of the circuit I used:
Installed plates, bridge and neck, put on some nickel Dunlop straplocks, and a set of D’Addario tapewounds, and she’s ready to go: