why did I wait so long to buy a Jazzmaster?

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  1. Zounds Perspex

    Zounds Perspex Supporting Member

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    Gah, I've loved so many bands that use them - Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., My Bloody Valentine, Yo La Tengo, plus tons of surf stuff - but never picked up one.
    I didn't want to hero worship or tip off people as to my influences too much, plus I guess I never found the right one.

    But after playing a buddy's JM with a '58 with '63 neck, I looked and looked, and then found two! A killer partsmaster I traded for here, and another AVRI in a local pawn shop. SO KILLER.
    best clean sound I've ever gotten from a solidbody guitar, brilliant trem - I know it's not for everyone - the most comfortable body shape ever - so good! I'm just crazily loving these guitars.

    And tomorrow - LPB '65 Jazzmaster coming my way! Woohoo!

    so who else loves 'em? And what guitar did you dig from a distance but not pick up for a lot of years, and then found it was perfect for you after all?
     
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    Zounds Perspex Supporting Member

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    is this thread worthless without pics? ;)

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    Partsmaster! by Zounds Perspex, on Flickr
    this one was built by forum member Drewski - plays so great!

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    Ocean Turquoise AVRI by Zounds Perspex, on Flickr
    this guy needs a little love, but I think has some great potential.

    feel free to mock my monster toys, btw. :rotflmao
     
  3. tonewoods

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    Nah, I recently got the bug too....
    In the process of trading for a '59 in Burgundy Mist...
    Yeah, I know these weren't supposed to exist till '60, but it does...
    Pics tomorrow....
     
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    I used my JM Saturday night, and it looked and sounded great. I hadn't taken it out in a long time, but it was a perfect first set guitar. We had to be a little quiet first set in this place, and it was ideal for stuff like "Into The Mystic," "When Will I Be Loved," and "Secret Agent Man," where I did the trem bar surf bend stuff on the Em and Am chords. Second set, I broke out the 60's SG Special and the Rick 12, but the JM will be coming out again next weekend.
     
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    I always like the idea of a Jazzmaster-aesthetically-but the bridge/trem combined with light gauge strings was pretty much a frustrating experience. Then Fender did the sensible thing and released the Classic Player series Jazzmaster with a Tune-o-matic type, increased the break angle over the bridge and solved the problem. I'd love one when funds allow. Reissues/originals just don't work for me.
     
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    They started production in '59. There are a could '58s floating around.
     
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    treeofpain Silver Supporting Member

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    Early 65 model in rare tele blonde translucent with factory gold hardware - formerly owned by Howard Leese of Heart:

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    In Burgundy Mist??
    The info I have says '60 is the first year for that color....
    Love to hear otherwise...
     
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    don't have a lot of experience with jazzmasters but dude your Japanese Monster toy collection looks really awesome. looks like you have some pretty obscure stuff like the Matango piece and some cool Ultra monsters as well. i collect ultraman and godzilla stuff as well.

    oh and the guitars look pretty sweet as well.
     
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    I don't know. Why did you? :D
     
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    skylabfilmpop Silver Supporting Member

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    Picked up a super clean Nov 62 lam board earlier this year for about $1500 below market value. Amazing! About the fenderiest sounding Fender I could imagine, great neck, may swap out bridge, but have been using it a ton!
     
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    It might just be an optical illusion caused by the warped guard, but are those pickups flush with the body? How does that sound?

    Edit: Love the shot, btw. Nice use of depth of field
     
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    Me in 1965:
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    I really wish I could remember what I did with that guitar. The sands of time... :jo

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    oooh, a man after my own heart...!
     
  18. ianrodia

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    posted in the Jazz/Jag thread already, but any excuse...

    my '63. Really great guitar. Sounds fantastic plugged into anything.

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    Enjoy that '65!
     
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    I love Jazzmasters. I owned a '66 for a while but I really enjoy this parts Jazzmaster I picked up last year. It is really light at just over 7 lbs. Nitro blonde Warmoth body, pickup wizard rewound AVRI pickups, Mastery, rhythm circuit bypassed, and a GIGANTIC fat Protocaster neck. I mean it is huge almost like a 50s Kay neck or something. This guitar is super resonate and I think it has a lot to do with this neck. Honestly this mutt is one of the better Jazzmasters I have played new or old:

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    So glad youre diggin the jazzy! I told you it was a good one!
     

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