Jazzmaster: AVRI (US) vs. JM66 (Japan)

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  1. GuitarArt1980

    GuitarArt1980 Member

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    Looking hard at getting a Jazzmaster. I play indie garage rock with clean to medium gain sounds.

    I've narrowed my search to these 2 options:
    American Vintage 65 Reissue
    JM66 CIJ


    Can anyone tell me how they compare overall? I understand pickups are a weak point for the JM66. Anything else I need to know about these 2?
     
  2. omfg51

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    A lot of people go with the Japanese ones and just swap out the electronics to save a little bit of cash.

    I know that the AVRI will feature a thin nitro lacquer, however I'm not certain about the JM66, I'd guess that one is finished in poly.
     
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    Thanks. Yeah, I was also reading about people upgrading parts to the AVRI too, which made me think - why pay so much more for a guitar that needs upgrades anyway?
     
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    As far as upgrades go, it's all in the eye of the beholder. Staytrem and Mastery bridge are two common hardware upgrades for both models.

    To be fair, the AVRI really is a tremendous instrument, even stock.

    You could also look into one of these...

    http://www.fender.com/guitars/jazzmaster/60s-jazzmaster-lacquer/0141210757.html#start=1

    http://www.fender.com/guitars/jazzmaster/road-worn-60s-jazzmaster/0144800300.html#start=1
     
  5. Johnny Alien

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    The American JM's are great instruments and if you can spend that amount then go for it. A used AVRI 62 JM is also a great guitar that can be purchased for less than the 65. There is also the new Lacquer series that is MIM and is essentially the 62 JM just made in Mexico. Very well made and comes stock with great pickups unlike the MIJ model. I would get any of these before getting a MIJ JM.
     
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    Thanks for the info. So should I expect the Lacquer model to be "stickier" vs the others? I like the feel of natural/thin finish
     
  7. zeppfan1

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    I just got a J.Mascis Jazzmaster. It has upgraded wiring and Curtis Novak p/ups and it sounds great. It is a really great instrument and even without the upgrades is highly regarded for it's price point. It does have a TOM bridge, so I'm not sure how true you want to stay to the original jazzy design. Have fun in your search :)
     

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