Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Bloozman, Mar 20, 2008.
Anyone playing the blues with a Jazzmaster?..How do you like it?...
thanks in advance..Bloozman
Perversely, my CIJ J Mascis Jazzmaster works really well for playing Muddy-inspired slide in open G tuning...who would have thought!
Now if I could only find a matching suit...
anything be ok for teh blues if you feel it
I saw a guy at the Ottawa Blues Festival playing one. Not sure who he was but it sounded great.
Magic Slim and Eddie C. Campbell have built their careers on Jazzmasters - signature instruments for both of them. You can hear the JM on virtually any and all of their recordings.
They count a heck of a lot more than I do (but I play blues on a JM, too, and love it!).
Kenny Parker, from Detroit - used to play with The Butler Twins and had a solo record on JSP - is another blues JM player (he also liked P90 guitars).
I only play blues (badly though), and frequently do so on my JM. It's fantastic. The JM pickups are quite P-90ish, so the warm neck and harmonically-rich middle positions are especially great for nice emotive blues tones. I have always proclaimed that JMs are far more tonally versatile than many would assume.
I walked into a pawn shop in the mid '80s , having saved my money for a quite a while , to buy a pre CBS Jazzmaster . I had seen Magic Slim several times and wanted that guitar because I was a big MS fan at the time . Anyway , I asked the guy behind the counter to pull it off the wall for me as I laid the money on the counter . He looks at the floor and says , " Slim called an hour ago and said he wanted it , so I cant sell it to you " He pulled the guitar down and took it to the back room .
I was heart broken , but it was probably better off with Slim anyway.
Duuuuuh...Forgot about Magic Slim
I like mine for slide, since they seem to like heavier strings anyway. But I play blues and roots-rock on it.
They will work. A couple of years ago, I saw Al Kooper play an excellent version of Little Wing on his Jazz Master - sounded pretty darn bluesy to me.
My first guitar was a Jazzmaster (in '63, yikes!). I played a lot of rock through the first couple of decades but blues became my style by around '69 and I've developed into a pure blues player since. I can't speak to the reissues, but I played a lot of blues on my Jazzmaster. Wish I had it back.