strat vs. J-master bodies - tone differences?

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  1. rorschah

    rorschah Member

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    Let's say you could isolate out all the other variables. For instance, say you were considering building a Warmoth guitar with the same strat neck, the same trem, and the same pickup configuration.

    Would there be any tone difference between using a strat body and a Jazzmaster body be? Or are they almost identical

    -thi
     
  2. TestierWheat

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    I think they would sound close, but I don't have Eric Johnson's ears. It would certainly look cool.
     
  3. lamenlovinit

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    As long as you use the same wood, bridge, and pickups, they should sound the same. I know a guy who built up a JSO (jazzmaster shaped object) using a vintage strat style bridge, strat pickups (rear mounted), and a wicked surfboard paintjob! Very nice strat sounds. I've been thinking about a clear finish Korina jazzmaster (yes warmoth makes one!) with pickguard loaded strat pups and a two point wilkinson bridge... No idea what the Korina will do with strat pickups, but I have heard some nice mahogany strats... It's for the look anyway...
     
  4. Crazyquilt

    Crazyquilt Guitar Dad Silver Supporting Member

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    I've been considering building a JSO (I like that!) from Korina, with JM pickups (which I already have.) I haven't decided if I want to use the bass circuit (which I do use, esp, wth fuzz) or if I want a stripped-down 1 vol/1 tone/3 way switch.

    I believe it could be pretty interesting -- the korina Hamer I've got is remarkably bright & chimey.
     
  5. Jetsetsc

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    I'm currently building a Jazzmaster/Jaguar/Strat hybrid, so I'm about to find out:

    http://www.thejennifers.com/jag/jag3.html

    Always liked the looks of the Jag (my first guitar was a '63) but the short scale doesn't work for me. I've also kind of wanted a Strat (never had one) , and love the Jazzmaster tremolo, so this is my new project. I'll let you know how it sounds once the finish dries.

    -J
     
  6. johnmfer

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    Jetsetsc - awesome project! Please post the final results once it's done.
     
  7. gkoelling

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    Cool!! You'll definitely have your own guitar with that one.

    What color are you using?

    Keep us posted with pics if you have time.


    Thanks
     
  8. Jetsetsc

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    'Tis done. Take that Custom Shop!

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    All the details are updated here:

    http://www.thejennifers.com/jag/jag3.html

    To answer the original question: it sounds very strat-y in the 1/2 and 2/3 positions - got quack if ya want it, but very nice Jazzmaster tones from the 2 or 3 alone positions, and Jag-y in the 1/3 position.

    I'll be adding up all the receipts I have, to come up with a rough $$$ estimate for the project (not including labor of course) for those that are interested.* Gotta go play it now...
     
  9. johnmfer

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    Wow, that's beautiful. I dig the combination of features you included.
     
  10. Reeek

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    So the trem and trem cavities won't yield something different?
     
  11. daphil

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    Strats and JMs have to really different bridge designs which shoud give somewhat different tone and feel.
     

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