I've recently purchased a Fender Squier Jaguar from an online dealer, and was aware beforehand, that the stock bridge was unreliable and subject to many complaints. The issue with the Stock Jaguar bridge is that there are no groves that keep the string from moving on the bridge, and so when you play it the strings will usually move around on the bridge. So, before purchasing the guitar I did some research on how I could fix this problem, many people recommended swapping out the Jaguar stock bridge for a Mustang bridge which would fix the issue entirely. However, after purchasing a replacement Mustang bridge and receiving it I took my guitar to a local luthier who then told me that the mustang bridge will not work with the instrument as there is no way to raise or lower the string saddles to adjust it to the fretboard radius or something along those lines. He also continued to say that if this bridge was fitted it would create a false intonation and make everything a huge hassle, after this he said that he could file out groves in the stock bridge and would charge me about $120 AUD (with set-up) for it. I asked him how much he would charge to fit the mustang bridge and have the guitar set-up, but he continued to say it would not work.
So, for those that have replaced the stock Jaguar bridge for a Mustang bridge. Have you had success with replacing it? Does it really effect the intonation? If the Mustang can handle a bridge without the ability to heighten each individual string saddle, why can the Jaguar not do the same? Does anybody you know have an issue with this modification? Or might this fellow just be trying to get a little bit more money out of me to file groves in the stock bridge? Should I have the stock bridge filed and is it a reasonable price?
Below: Jaguar Stock Bridge
If you would like further details, please just ask me about anything I may have missed. I've tried to get down all the things I feel were important.
Below: Mustang Stock Bridge
Thank you for reading, I greatly appreciate any input or advice you may have.
Best Wishes, Trash Incarnate