Jazzmaster-Strat hybrid, anyone ever done this?

Whereishumhum

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I always dig the way JMs look but can't say I love them for what they are, given all the idiosyncrasies. On the other hand, Strats have my favorite sounds and the versatility I need across all Fender guitars. The thing is I don't really like the way Strats look (to me anyway, I know many people do).

So, my question is, has anyone ever done something like this? A Jazzmaster-Strat hybrid?
 

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In my mind, that's not a hybrid. It's a Strat. The shape of a body does not determine the sound like a guitar. In that configuration, it's going to sound like a Strat.

And that's absolutely cool if that's what you want. I think it's cool. The first part of my comments have more to do with the fact that we associate a guitar by its shape over everything else. For example, take a Tele shaped body, install two EMGs and a Floyd Rose - in my mind, the result isn't a Tele.

Go for it!
 
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Not sure I dig that pickguard with that body. Also, that's a lot of space between the trem and the PG. other than that I dig it
 

Whereishumhum

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In my mind, that's not a hybrid. It's a Strat. The shape of a body does not determine the sound like a guitar. In that configuration, it's going to sound like a Strat.

And that's absolutely cool if that's what you want. I think it's cool. The first part of my comments have more to do with the fact that we associate a guitar by its shape over everything else. For example, take a Tele shaped body, install two EMGs and a Floyd Rose - in my mind, the result isn't a Tele.

Go for it!
I hear ya man. So a hybrid is basically a mixture of iconic things that come from two or more guitars, say, two JM pickups and electronics with a 6-screw Strat bridge, or a JM bridge with Tele pickups and electronics?

For me I intend it to sound like a Strat - that's what I love about Strats, the tone & versatility, just with an offset body shape.

Thx for the reply!
 

Whereishumhum

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Not sure I dig that pickguard with that body. Also, that's a lot of space between the trem and the PG. other than that I dig it
Well I really dig the color combinations, but I hear ya. As for the pickguard, other configurations Warmoth has to offer cover the stud inserts for a 2-pivot bridge so I had to go with this one. Maybe I can try a 6-screw on there though.
 

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Everyone has their own definition. I'm not saying you or anyone else is wrong. Just my own view is that I find it curious that more often than not, we identify guitars by their body shape, when that's usually the factor that has the least impact in its sound.
 

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It's funny, I just got mine back. I got this idea after I took a few lessons from Aaron Marshall of Intervals and he had a bunch of sweet Suhr HSS Classics. I never got along with the Strat shape and offsets are my favorite, so I went to my luthier. Found a James Tyler Variax neck for cheap on Reverb, DiMarzio Area 61's and an AT-1 (Andy Timmons), and a Hipshot Trem. It's an Alder body finished in an aged nitro Sherwood Green. I honestly couldn't be happier with it, it's definitely a tone machine. And dat neck joint doh!


 

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So, my question is, has anyone ever done something like this? A Jazzmaster-Strat hybrid?
For a long time.

Caught an Austin City Limits broadcast [early '90s?] where a guy was playing one.
Looked like it might've been a heavier Wilkinson Strat trem on his build.
 

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reeves gabrels had one in the late 90s....after he stopped using his parker nitelfy w/ bowie.....it was a fernandes body w/ a tele neck and the guts similar to his parker w/a sustainer....it was a cool guitar...
 

Whereishumhum

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This is exactly what my Arcturus model was designed to be originally (our "strat")



(my personal one. Everyone knows it's a proven fact Surf Green is the best sounding color)
Wow that surf green is so hot! And I never thought a P-90 on the bridge position would look so good! It's gonna beef up the bridge position and not sound like a humbucker, I love it!
 
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