What Makes Our Jasmine S35's Different From Other Sellers?
Our techs put hands on every Jasmine S35 that comes through our door, making sure every instrument is playing in top condition before it hits our showroom floor. Other sellers ship you the box, just as they receive it from the manufacturer. Don’t get us wrong – the Jasmine S35 is the finest sub-$ 100 guitars out there, but there is a small matter of the long sea voyage from the country of origin. That means, no matter the base quality, every S35 will need many small tweaks that add up to a huge playable difference.
Strings – Remember the sea voyage we mentioned? Refreshing salt air and a non-climate controlled cargo area are a quick way to put a guitar out of whack. The first place to look is the strings. Salt air rusts metal in a hurry, and bronze guitar strings are no exception. So we strip off the old strings and immediately replace them with D’Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge Acoustic Strings for the best tone possible. While we have the strings off, we make sure to give the frets a polish (for playing comfort) and hydrate the fingerboard with lemon oil (to give it a jumpstart on a long, healthy life).
– Now that we’ve put on new strings, we check the neck flexion, or the amount of bow the neck sustains due to the tension of the strings. A perfectly straight neck often isn’t the solution for a guitar, usually a little bit of bow is preferred. We use a super-precise straightedge and adjust the S35’s truss rod accordingly, leaving a small gap, only a tiny fraction of an inch high. Saddle Height
– When it comes to strings being too high, the saddle is usually the first place a player will adjust, but an experienced tech knows saddle adjustments live somewhere in the middle of the process sheet. We measure the saddle height, sand or shim as needed, and make sure the saddle top is rounded with the correct curve. An incorrect curve will cause string buzz, and any unwanted grooves in the saddle will cause buzz and lead to premature string breakage. And once again, the old precision straightedge makes an appearance to check our string height at the 12th
fret, accurate to the 32nd
of an inch. Nut Slot Depth
– Once we’ve got the neck & saddle where we want them, the next point of investigation is the nut, specifically the depth & width. It is crucial to have these points of contact correct, otherwise tuning & playability issues can pop up. We make sure the slots are deep enough to clear the first fret (to prevent buzzing), and wide enough (but not too wide) to accommodate the string without pinching. Trust us, no one likes a pinched string. You think you’re in tune, hit the first note, and >PING<, suddenly, you’re flat. Bummer. Not you & your TCM Shop-Adjusted S35. Your S35 has had $ 50+ worth of work done to make it play better than you can get anywhere else.