1 Proteus 1 month ago Really, it's been getting harder and harder. It's not that I have everything guitar-related - and thankfully I have neither Vintage Virus nor Chronic Completism - but I feel like I've closed in on pretty much everything I can think of to want. Maybe if I broke into an exponentially more prosperous demographic and thousands were as tens, a whole other world of wantism would open up.In the meantime, I'm pretty good. With recent New Guitar Days and the beta-testing acquisition of Truly the Ultimate Ever Whole Nother World pedal, I've found I have more empty momentum toward consumption than a compelling list of Things to Want. All the habits of creative consuming - the rabbit holes, the fascination with Some New Thing That Will Change Life, the search for the rare and unusual, the daily checks of one's traplines, the (ever diminishing) thrill of "pulling the trigger," the shipping trackers, the anticipation, even the surge of enthusiasm in receiving and unboxing, and the satisfaction of ownership - seem to make psychological demands even when the rational mind knows we've reached the end of the shopping list.The mere mechanisms of a consumerist imperative seem to grind on even in the absence of aspirational targets. I even have a song about it: It ain’t over till it’s over the top Too much is never enough It ain’t done till it’s overdone Too many is just one short There ain’t a thing in the world I need I’m just lookin’ for something to want ...but, hey, I've found something! Besides 2020-21 having been the Year of Going Low (with multi-scale and baritone), it's also been the Year of Enjoying Stuff I Already Have. Guitars I rarely get out, or which I've neglected, have been brought out, strung afresh and otherwise setuppily attended to, then left out within play reach, sometimes for months at a time. Long enough to remember why I got them, and to bond all over again. Every one, every time I play it, is tested against standards of retention: do I still love this guitar? Does it have enough magic? And, really, I'm always hoping some will fail the test; there's no particular one I hope will fail - that would be a Sophie's choice - but, in a general way, I concede I have Too Many Guitars, and would be happy to get rid of some.Unless I still love'm. And, man, I still love my humble Squire VM Jaguar. Thanks to Dan Weldon's NJD thread, I've been spending hours and hours of quality time with it. All those quanky clanky chirping chiming shardtastic tones! Then, with the Jag leaning there next to a baritone, it suddenly became bulletproof obvious to me: I need a baritone Jaguar. If ever there was a fundamental set of tones - those claw-focused pickups, the strangle switch - which is just made for the baritone range, it's the Jaguar repertoire of voices.So ok...is there a baritone conversion neck for the Jag? Well maybe. I thought I'd stumbled on an elusive option that would get it from its native 24" to 27" scale. But that would be barely baritone enough for me.Then there's Warmoth's conversion neck for 25.5" scale guitars, which gets them to 28 and something. Bit of research into guys who've tried it (and of course guys have tried it - any idea that occurs to me is old news to someone) suggest the bridge on a Jag would have to be moved rearward to accommodate that much scale difference. I look carefully at the bridge location on my Squier: near the rear edge of the pickguard, mounted through holes in the guard. I could pull the bridge sockets, drill new holes to move them toward the tailpiece as necessary, and get a new pickguard to cover the old holes. That would create a slightly steeper angle over the bridge - which, on a Jag, wouldn't be a bad thing - and look factory. However, it would change the relationship of the bridge pickup to the bridge - leaving it an inch or so further away - and thus change the tone of the bridgepup, which is a crucial element of my appreciation for the guitar (at least in standard tuning). Maybe at baritone scale, it would be OK.And so as not to sacrifice this little Jag, which I like very much as is, I could start with a cheapster - watch and wait for a sacrificially priced Squier with a bad neck.But then I discover Fender actually made a "Jaguar Baritone Custom" for a couple of years in the early aughts. Japanese build, 28.something neck, stud-mount bridge and stop tailpiece. And they're hens-teeth rare: none on Reverb at the moment. That makes it something to put on the watch list and get all thrill-of-the-hunt about. Or maybe I shouldn't tell you guys. I probably really shouldn't.However this works out (and I bet it will work out), at least I have something to want again. I was getting antsy.