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Jay Turser Guitar Club

Papa Joe
April 7th, 2010, 01:44 PM
These guitars just might be the most underrated guitars on the market.I just got my 3rd one and it's a fantastic player.The only fault I've found is the Bigsby type trem on the JT140.Very poor replica.The pups have been swaped out on the JT140 to GFS.The other 2 are stock and sound very nice.Here's some pics of these jewels.

mechanicdave
April 7th, 2010, 01:50 PM
I'd like to ckeck out one of the rosewood Teles they produce for when I want to cop that rooftop vibe. Dave

Commodore 64
April 7th, 2010, 02:03 PM
I'll Join ya. I saw some great Turser guitars at this guy's house, when I was doing a CL trade. He had them set up really nice.

I have a B-Stock Turser Tele, gold hardware, binding on the front and back of the body, and a humbucker in the neck position. Near as I can tell, it's B Stock because the neck is angled slightly. The high E string get's real close to the edge of the fretboard down around the 12th fret. This would be an easy fix, with some shimming, I reckon, but I have it set up in Open G, and use it for tinkering around with a slide, and it's fine for that.

Someday I'll fix it.

In the meantime, I will get some pics of it tonight, because I do think it is a very nice guitar. It's this one (http://www.jayturser.com/jt-ltcustomdlx.php), but it's a solid black body. The tape on the neck plate is just a note to remind me what the Open G tuning notes are for each string. :wink:

http://www.lucky-cricket.com/files/Turser.jpg

http://www.lucky-cricket.com/files/Turser_Front.jpg

http://www.lucky-cricket.com/files/Turser_Back.jpg

http://www.lucky-cricket.com/files/Turser_neck.jpg

Beachbum
April 18th, 2010, 08:55 PM
Here's my Turser DLX. Just got it a few month ago. The black pick guard change was a bit of a chore and took some sanding to widen the neck pocket but it worked.

Love the sound of this guitar. I'm keeping the original pups.


www.myspace.com/dawiklund

Commodore 64
April 19th, 2010, 06:54 AM
I'm still trying to figure out if I like that neck bucker in mine or not.

Donnie55
April 19th, 2010, 07:17 AM
Heres my JT 200 Pro. I have been saying it for years these guitars are way over looked. I got mine new for $120.00 because it had a nick on the back edge. One day I will probably change the pups , but Im in no big hurry. This is my go to guitar when ever I need humbuckers

JT 200 Pro front and center

http://i407.photobucket.com/albums/pp158/donnie55/My%20Gear%20as%20of%201-23-10/gang.jpg

gearhead63
February 4th, 2011, 01:47 PM
I've read a lot of good things about the Turser guitars. In fact I'm ordering a JT-200 Pro tomorrow. I'll post some pics and a review on it.

czook
February 4th, 2011, 03:05 PM
I bought and sold 2 JT dbl Bound Black bodies recently. Not sure how I was able to snag them on ebay, but there was a bidding battle for both of them when I resold them. Wish I had kept one of them. The cream binding on the black body like the i\picture above is really nice.

I have a JT Tele type Bass that is nice. They sell new for $115 on ebay every day. How can the chineze or whoever is making these do that? I'd like to pick up a JT tele copy but you guys are letting everyone know how underappreciated these guitars are with all this publicity... :)

LGOberean
February 10th, 2011, 05:34 PM
I'd like to ckeck out one of the rosewood Teles they produce for when I want to cop that rooftop vibe. Dave

Let's have a pic of that just so we can all relive that rooftop vibe. :smile:

http://www.jayturser.com/images/products/jt-lt-rw.jpg

I've been thinking about getting an inexpensive but decent Tele copy to play, review, and then pass on. I've been looking at Xavieres and SXes. What about the necks and pups on these JT LTs? Does anyone know the profile, radius, etc.?

gearhead63
February 12th, 2011, 08:07 PM
Just received my new Jay Turser JT-200 Pro!
SWEET!
Solidly built, plays great right out of the box, 1 string was out of tune after being shipped half way across the US!
Better than ANY of the Epiphones I have (not better than my '78 Gibson Melody Maker, but REAL close!) Wish I had bought one of these before now, a truly underrated guitar! Think I'm going to get another!
I wanted the Amber unit, but got this on eBay for $150 including shipping!
FANTASTIC PRICE!
#1 FOR VALUE AND QUALITY!

http://i.ebayimg.com/04/!BY+OOhQ!Wk~$(KGrHgoH-DMEjlLltmFiBKkcrM!2V!~~_3.JPG

LGOberean
February 16th, 2011, 02:08 AM
...What about the necks and pups on these JT LTs? Does anyone know the profile, radius, etc.?

Bump. No one? Nothing about pups? About neck profiles, radii...?

swolter
February 16th, 2011, 04:02 PM
Just received my new Jay Turser JT-200 Pro!
SWEET!
Solidly built, plays great right out of the box, 1 string was out of tune after being shipped half way across the US!
Better than ANY of the Epiphones I have (not better than my '78 Gibson Melody Maker, but REAL close!) Wish I had bought one of these before now, a truly underrated guitar! Think I'm going to get another!
I wanted the Amber unit, but got this on eBay for $150 including shipping!
FANTASTIC PRICE!
#1 FOR VALUE AND QUALITY!

http://i.ebayimg.com/04/!BY+OOhQ!Wk~$(KGrHgoH-DMEjlLltmFiBKkcrM!2V!~~_3.JPG

I bought an amber one at GC a few weeks ago; it was marked down as a factory second because the neck binding was a little sloppy. I echo all of your sentiments about this guitar, especially the Epiphone comparison. It truly is an amazing value.

sacizob
February 16th, 2011, 05:13 PM
How about a Jay Turser 12 string.
http://i337.photobucket.com/albums/n380/kizzie_015/617716430_2205815655_0.jpg?t=1297890571

howardlo
February 16th, 2011, 09:08 PM
I really like these Tursers. Bought these two a few years ago, or so. Both very nice. The 335 copy is better than the Epi Dot in my opinion. Even has binding on the F holes. I have put GFS Alnico 59 PAF pups in it and it now sounds great! I put Graph Tech nuts on all my guitars as soon as they arrive.
I also put a Gotoh bridge on this one.

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh153/golfnutt65/Instruments/Howard-335.jpg

The other is the JT-300, trans red. I haven't done any mods to this, but the Graph Tech nut and an Orange Drop Cap. I love the chunky neck on this one. Very nice guitar for the money.

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh153/golfnutt65/Instruments/Howard-Strat.jpg

Sorry for the crappy photos, need to get some better shots.



My son just bought a trans blue one a month ago, on my recommendation for a decent budget guitar. He got his for $65 shipped. His has the rosewood fretboard. On his we replace the nut, and installed a new GFS trem unit with the steel block and new Orange Drop cap.

gearhead63
February 17th, 2011, 04:25 AM
Bump. No one? Nothing about pups? About neck profiles, radii...?

ok! Gibson style 60's slim taper neck, frets nice, no sharp edges! Action good! Haven't done anything but tuneup and plug in! The pickups are pretty hot! Bridge about 13k, neck 8.7k. Guessing Alnico V or Ceramic magnets. Controls feel good, no noise. Toggle switch is one of those cheap enclosed units, gonna change it out for a Gibson style selector. Has a variety of tones, from nice cleans to hard, crunchy metal to sweet Les Paul style singing blues from the neck pup! Tuners are tight, stays in tune well, all the hardware seems pretty good for a "cheap" guitar. The finish is nice, and all the routings are clean, professional looking, unlike many of the Epiphone guitars I've seen.
Wasn't sure how it was gonna sound with the alder body and maple cap, but I figured it was gonna be close to a Les Paul tone. It's a little brighter than let's say a Gibson LP Standard, close to the '78 LP Custom I had (mahogany body, maple cap, 3 piece maple neck). And pretty much the sound I was looking for. Feels good, guess it weighs about 7 lbs. And when you play it you can feel the whole body resonate. Have to say that I really am happy! ANY other comparable guitar I've seen would be at LEAST twice the money!
In fact I purchased a JT220 Cherry Sunburst, should be here by next week. But it's a repair project, got knocked over and broke the headstock. No pups. But only paid $45 for it. Gonna install a Mighty Mite and looking at a Bill Lawrence L500-XL (Dimebag used these in his Dean guitars), they are very high output lead pickups, encapsulated in epoxy resin. Supposed to be VERY low feedback and noise, and a good high end, which is usually compromised when you have a real high output unit. I'll post some pics when it comes in and a review when I get it done.

LGOberean
February 21st, 2011, 10:50 PM
Well, thanks, gearhead63. That was helpful. I talked more than a week ago about picking up a Tele clone to play, review and pass on. Well, I had in mind to pass on said clone a couple of months from now, but the time frame just got moved up, so I'm not going to have time to order one. I think I'll check out local pawn shops tomorrow, and hope I get lucky.

gearhead63
February 25th, 2011, 10:11 PM
Ok, I'm not sure if this one counts! Bought it last week for $45 without pickups or toggle switch. just finished the repair, but haven't done the finish yet. Plays good though!
I guess you could call this a "headless"?

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af32/Gear_head1963/My%20guitars/MVC-606S.jpg

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af32/Gear_head1963/My%20guitars
/MVC-607S.jpg

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af32/Gear_head1963/My%20guitars/MVC-610S.jpg

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af32/Gear_head1963/My%20guitars/MVC-609S.jpg

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af32/Gear_head1963/My%20guitars/MVC-621S.jpg

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af32/Gear_head1963/My%20guitars/MVC-616S.jpg

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af32/Gear_head1963/My%20guitars/MVC-617S.jpg

Cunningham26
February 25th, 2011, 11:36 PM
oh hey! glad to see there's some love for these guitars. my only tele in fact is a turser, so i guess they're my reason for being at tdpri!

I didn't really like the feel of the neck, a little too plastic-y, so i swapped it for a deluxe nashville neck that i love, one of the best i've played on. the pickups are pretty weak, planning on swapping out the electronics someday, which will then only keep the body as the original piece. that's live i guess. onto the pics!

As it looks currently
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_PuVGjLRBVRU/TWh0ILq_6NI/AAAAAAAABX0/Eu1BvspGlfo/s640/DSC_0055.JPG

When I had a white guard on, with detail of how great a $100 paisley guitar can look:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_PuVGjLRBVRU/S0QijnjgXJI/AAAAAAAABLs/kkR4yUhQNC4/s400/DSC_0052.jpg

gearhead63
March 5th, 2011, 02:29 AM
Ok, I did the neck repair on my TJ-200 Cherry Burst, installed Mighty Mite humbuckers, a new nut, and WOW! Man I LOVE this guitar! Feels like the older Gibsons I've owned! Has a fantastic sound! The neck and action are excellent! Think I'm going to install the set of Grover tuners I have and JAM!
I've got one set of controls out waiting on my new pots.
http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af32/Gear_head1963/P03a-03-11_00-31.jpg

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af32/Gear_head1963/P03a-03-11_00-28.jpg

http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af32/Gear_head1963/P03a-03-11_00-311.jpg

HELLUVA GUITAR FOR THE MONEY! And I've had top of the line Gibson Les Paul Customs among others!

LGOberean
April 6th, 2011, 01:37 PM
Well, thanks, gearhead63. That was helpful. I talked more than a week ago about picking up a Tele clone to play, review and pass on. Well, I had in mind to pass on said clone a couple of months from now, but the time frame just got moved up, so I'm not going to have time to order one. I think I'll check out local pawn shops tomorrow, and hope I get lucky.

Well, I'm still looking. I was hoping to pick up something to keep on our family farm, which means essentially giving it to my kid brother. I've been looking in pawn shops to no avail. What I've been considering is either something from Rondo Music (SX, Douglas, Agile), Xaviere or Jay Turser.

Now I realize I'm asking this in the Jay Turser Guitar Club thread, so I would expect votes to be cast in favor of JT. But can anyone with experience with both JT and any of the other brands just mentioned qualify why I should go with JT?

outlawyer
April 6th, 2011, 02:02 PM
Love mine. I have a better pic somewhere, will post later

LGOberean
April 8th, 2011, 05:33 PM
Well that's a pretty good pic right there! Beautiful guitar. How does she feel...play?

outlawyer
April 8th, 2011, 05:41 PM
I put decent pickups in it (hated the stockers, it came with a terrible humbucker at the neck) and was prepared to replace the neck with a spare but the neck is great! Love the feel, the frets are nice and level, the tuners are fine (contrary to what I had heard).
She sounds good, but there's still room for improvement; the switch feels a little flimsy, but works fine, and it's quiet at idle. I got it for practice and because (IMO) it looks great, but one day I will put some different pups, maybe even a Wide Range back in the neck. It weighs within an ounce of my Amer. Tele. The saddles are touchy, and took some work, but they are fine for the time being now.
But the neck was a real surprise, a little bigger than the Tele, very nice playing. Indeed, no sharp areas at all, unlike many MIM's I have tried.

outlawyer
April 11th, 2011, 02:38 PM
Glamour shot

LGOberean
April 18th, 2011, 11:04 AM
Yessir, I'll say it again: beautiful guitar! And thanks for the honest review, that was helpful.

davidchagrin
May 12th, 2011, 11:28 AM
I love my Jay Turser Delta Lady.
Mostly stock, other than a rewiring, upgraded nut, and a Dream-90 in the neck position to replace the factory humbucker.
Beautiful guitar and a unique tone monster.

admack333
May 16th, 2011, 08:17 PM
My first post on this forum! Howdy everyone. Happy to find this community. Just wanted to post about a Tele I bought in Wisconsin on tour and have done a relic and custom pick-up install on. I took a power sander, some gasoline, brillo pads and a ball tip hammer to my JT sunburst Tele at the instruction of my friend, the brilliant Danny Ferrington... in lieu of buying a vintage Telecaster.

Gave it a nice look and connected me to the guitar in a way I have never been connected to any instrument before. Then Chris Lawrence and I put a humbucker off my 79' ES-347 in the front position and a hand-wound Kuwabara single coil in the rear. The middle position is Godly. Simply a full band of warm saucy lows and high brilliant tones on top that when I turn up the amp and turn down the instrument, blows my mind.


I took it to Austin to play at The Continental Club with Ruby James and it gained several inquiries after the show.


Writing a record with Ruby James and recording at Tequila Mockingbird in Austin this month then doing a live DVD of the album at Spoon's recording studio/church in Austin late July.
The instrument is already giving me a signature sound.
Going to use my "Franken-Caster" on the recordings and for all of the live shows at Steel Bridge Songfest this year. I have started using this guitar as my main electric over my Jerry Donahue. :)

I dropped some pics on my FB profile as well since I couldn't get the orientation right on the "after" picture.
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1793077901679.95052.1081604075

www.adammackintosh.com (http://www.adammackintosh.com)

Big_Bend
May 22nd, 2011, 12:55 AM
My first post on this forum! Howdy everyone. Happy to find this community. Just wanted to post about a Tele I bought in Wisconsin on tour and have done a relic and custom pick-up install on. I took a power sander, some gasoline, brillo pads and a ball tip hammer to my JT sunburst Tele at the instruction of my friend, the brilliant Danny Ferrington... in lieu of buying a vintage Telecaster.

Hi, welcome to TDPRI! Very nice guitar you have too. And thats awesome you get to tour, record, play at nice venues.. living the life! :lol:

Hope you enjoy your stay here. take care...

Rod Parsons
May 23rd, 2011, 09:59 AM
I own a J Turser 335 style that I bought in 2001.. I was in my favorite local muisic shop to get strings for my Am. Std. Telly, and glanced at a rack of J Tursers. I had never heard of them... I picked up a see-thru yellowish 335 style one, just for kicks, looked at the price tag....whoooh $329.00. So I thought that I was about to try out a toy. NOT!!! The action was nice and low... No buzzes,.. intonation spot on, the frets could use pollishing a bit,... but no sharp edges sticking out on the sides. I don't use it much... it kinda' just leans against a sofa or in a corner... not in a case,... and it is still in great condition.. And it is a versital guitar... Plays good, sounds good, everything is stock. I have used it for distorted sounds, mostly, for my home recordings. However, I'm a 'hooked for life' Tele man. This 'club Turser' has pointed out to me how others also like their Tursers. I thought I was the only one who appreciated them. I never really spent any time looking over the other Tursers... I thought that I just hit upon a "good one" and that it was my lucky day. The cheap prices made me think that they were cheaply made, quality wise. Next time I'm back at that store, I'm gonna' spend a little time with some Tursers. I just got me a Squier CV-50 Tele last week. But I may keep that stock. A Turser Tele would be a great addition, and at the cheap prices, I can have one to trick out. Thanks Turser Club.

muzicmaken
May 30th, 2011, 12:44 PM
oh hey! glad to see there's some love for these guitars. my only tele in fact is a turser, so i guess they're my reason for being at tdpri!

I didn't really like the feel of the neck, a little too plastic-y, so i swapped it for a deluxe nashville neck that i love, one of the best i've played on. the pickups are pretty weak, planning on swapping out the electronics someday, which will then only keep the body as the original piece. that's live i guess. onto the pics!

As it looks currently
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_PuVGjLRBVRU/TWh0ILq_6NI/AAAAAAAABX0/Eu1BvspGlfo/s640/DSC_0055.JPG

When I had a white guard on, with detail of how great a $100 paisley guitar can look:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_PuVGjLRBVRU/S0QijnjgXJI/AAAAAAAABLs/kkR4yUhQNC4/s400/DSC_0052.jpg

I'm thinking of getting the purple version of this Paisley guitar....But I haven't seen very many reviews on it...The newer ones do not have the humbucker route in them at the neck which is great for me....I would put a clear pickguard on it then.

dickysofa
June 9th, 2011, 05:47 PM
I just ordered one of these off Amazon for $140.71

Deets to follow once it arrives

Let's have a pic of that just so we can all relive that rooftop vibe. :smile:

http://www.jayturser.com/images/products/jt-lt-rw.jpg

I've been thinking about getting an inexpensive but decent Tele copy to play, review, and then pass on. I've been looking at Xavieres and SXes. What about the necks and pups on these JT LTs? Does anyone know the profile, radius, etc.?

Dwills94
June 14th, 2011, 03:20 PM
has anyone played a jay turser Monterey (its turser's one pickup jazz box)? there is one at my local guitar shop i was considering buying and was curious if anyone here knew about them

Aristeros
June 29th, 2011, 11:57 PM
I just picked up a JT guitar at Guitar Center. I'm a left handed player and have been on the prowl for a hollowbody for as long as I can remember, so when I saw this one I had to have it. It needs a little work. I need to change out the pots, tuning machines, nut, input jack, and selector switch. I'll also replace the little bar attached to the pickguard because it's plastic and it wobbles. A little research has led me to believe this is a JT-139, or its predecessor. If this is true, I got the guitar for a steal.

I'd like to replace the pickups at some point, but wanted to get some input. What pickups would you guys recommend? I was thinking about having a P90 and a humbucker put in it so I could get that classic jazzy hollowbody sound, then go right into some bluesy/rock sounds. The goal is versatility. Any input is greatly appreciated, as usual.

I couldn't possibly leave this post without a picture, now could I?
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KTEavtwIUew/TgvuKx6fMHI/AAAAAAAAAAk/DTFpU3qCs4c/s320/photo+%252832%2529.JPG

Tarheel72
October 19th, 2011, 05:31 PM
I have a JT-220 LP copy and I want to order some new tuning machines and I wondered what size the holes were in the headstock. I would like to avoid taking my strings off until I am ready to do the switch. I think I want 10mm bushings from what I read but thought maybe someone here might confirm this for me.

In case anyone is interested, Guitar Center sells these now. For some reason they sell them as used but they are brand new, with the plastic still on all of the parts (pups, jack, pickguard). They have the LP and SG copies and the Strat and Tele copies in the stores, at least here in my area. Prices range from $99 to $139 and I was able to register mine on the Turser website and get the full factory warranty. Check the GC website under used equipment to see what they have in stock.

Radspin
October 19th, 2011, 08:15 PM
I had a Jay Turser SG copy and it played and sounded great. The only reason I got rid of it is that I got a real Gibson SG in a garage sale a year later and honestly, it doesn't play any better.

I also have a Turser Beatle bass--great axe.

surfaday
December 16th, 2011, 09:26 PM
Hi all! Added a Jay Turser semi hollow set neck with quilted top to my collection. It joins my Fender Classic Series '60's strat and my Squier Standard Fat Tele.

I can tell you this - the JT plays as well as either of them and is quickly becoming my go-to guitar. Super nice sounding, slightly muddy neck pup and all.

Anyone know what it is?

No serial number, no model number. There was some glue at the base of the back of the headstock that looked as if there could have been a serial number sticker there.

Set neck, short scale, 24 frets, semi-hollow. Was pretty abused when I got it, the neck was bent backwards for having no strings and when I strung it up, the strings laid flat on the fretboard. Tuners are a little low ratio but otherwise, and cosmetically, immaculate. A setup by me and we got us a player!

Very very happy with my purchase. Cost me $100 and a Cort bass that my friend gave me. The bass is probably worth $50. So estimated purchase price, $150.

Any help with a model, maybe years of production and retail price would really satisfy my curiosity about this little gem.

Thanks! And great to find this little club.

Walt

songbird0519
December 18th, 2011, 06:23 PM
These guitars just might be the most underrated guitars on the market.I just got my 3rd one and it's a fantastic player.The only fault I've found is the Bigsby type trem on the JT140.Very poor replica.The pups have been swaped out on the JT140 to GFS.The other 2 are stock and sound very nice.Here's some pics of these jewels.

Hi all,

I just wanted to stop by and say, my very first guitar was a treasured Jay Turser - such great sound value. I'll post some pics later!!

El Hefe
January 22nd, 2012, 07:07 PM
Love my Jay Turser! Here's mine after a dragonfire loaded PG and a guitarheads hexbucker,
http://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae118/Jah-Rasta-Mon65/IMAG0044.jpg


And now here she is awaiting to be finished! Just got the DD jb for it and a white pickguard.
http://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae118/Jah-Rasta-Mon65/IMAG0271.jpg

http://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae118/Jah-Rasta-Mon65/IMAG0272.jpg

http://i963.photobucket.com/albums/ae118/Jah-Rasta-Mon65/IMAG0270.jpg

Jimbo5924
March 19th, 2012, 06:28 AM
Having always wanted a Gibson 335, or even a decent Epiphone "DOT", I bought a Jay Turser JT-133 in a "bidding war" on ebay about 11 or 12 years ago for $138. I wanted a red one but had to settle for black. When the guitar came, I wasn't expecting much, but man was I surprised. The Jay Turser "335" copy was a beautiful guitar, setup was great, intonation was near perfect, the pickups were "good"-certainly not Gibson good but definitely Epiphone good-if not even slightly better. Fully bound body-front and back,neck and even the "F" holes which were not bound on the Epi that I looked at. The guitar played very nicely and sounded great. I had considerd replacing the pups with something better, but there was really no need so I never did. This thing stays in tune forever and I can't get over the great sound. I've always called it my "beater" because it sits right next to my bed or couch or wherever I'm sitting-so it's always near at hand when inspiration strikes. It has a fabulous acoustic (unplugged) tone. I've never bought a case for it as I never came across one-it's a big bodied "DOT" of course cases can be purchased for it almost anywhere. I believe that this guitar is far superior to the Epiphone Dot. I love it and I love it's tones especially through a tube amp with a little reverb. I'm sure that these Jay Tursers are built at the same factory (China's Qingdao) which builds nearly all makes and models of guitars for export (import in our case here in the US) but I agree with most of you-that these guitars are highly underrated. Not too long ago Guitar Center sold off most or all of it's Jay Turser stock and I'm kicking myself for not going over and grabbing a couple or three. I've never played any Tursers other than my DOT, so I really can't speak to their quality, but if my DOT is any indication, I'd certainly have no fear of adding more to my collection. I have over a dozen other guitars, the Turser being my "cheapo-beater" but it's always the first one that I grab when inspiration strikes, like I said before. Just my thoughts for what they're worth. Thanks-Jim

Phil 61
September 9th, 2012, 08:28 PM
The 5 front and centre are Tursers as is one of the acoustics in the background.

http://s7.postimage.org/dx51c3j3v/249580_309515494114_115220_n.jpg

cocoboudin
September 13th, 2012, 01:59 PM
These guitars just might be the most underrated guitars on the market.I just got my 3rd one and it's a fantastic player.The only fault I've found is the Bigsby type trem on the JT140.Very poor replica.The pups have been swaped out on the JT140 to GFS.The other 2 are stock and sound very nice.Here's some pics of these jewels.

Here's some pics of my Jay Turser telecaster 143610

143611 A real nice guitar, i change the pup's for a set of Dimarzio Twang King. Sound's like a boutique tele. Cocoboudin.

leonard d rock
September 13th, 2012, 11:05 PM
anybody know what company makes jay tursers?

biff600
September 17th, 2012, 07:41 AM
Here's my Jay Turser 'Wolfgang' copy. It was as cheap as chips, just needed the frets polishing and a new set of strings, I dislike the thick humbucker sound, so I have got another set of pups that I will coil tap/reverse phase etc

http://i944.photobucket.com/albums/ad281/Biff600/L104023100.jpg

cocoboudin
September 28th, 2012, 08:19 PM
Here's some pics of my Jay Turser telecaster 143610

143611 A real nice guitar, i change the pup's for a set of Dimarzio Twang King. Sound's like a boutique tele. Cocoboudin.

Here's few more pics in other profile 145746

145747

145748

145749Cocoboudin

birv2
September 30th, 2012, 10:28 AM
I've had mine for a few months now. Bought the body and electronics separately on ebay, then got a Squier neck. Everything is stock except the pots were replaced. I got it because I wanted something that looked like Albert Collins' tele, and this is the right color, is double-bound, and has a humbucker in the bridge. Has a very good sound in all 3 positions. I might upgrade the pickups at some point but I'm in no rush.

A friend of mine named her Funky Mabel.

cocoboudin
October 4th, 2012, 09:13 PM
Since i'm in a jay turser thread did anybody know if the JT-50 or JT-50 custom are good guitar. I'm really interest to buy that guitar, i did check in lots of reviews and almost all comments are in favor. That guitar is a SG copy, there's 2 in my local music shop but i didn't have the chance to try it(the store was close to early for the business hours), anyway the guitar was on window display and the first eye contact, WOW it's a beauty. If anybody has feedback it will help to make my desicion, next week i'll try the guitar. Cocoboudin

cocoboudin
November 15th, 2012, 01:54 PM
Since i'm in a jay turser thread did anybody know if the JT-50 or JT-50 custom are good guitar. I'm really interest to buy that guitar, i did check in lots of reviews and almost all comments are in favor. That guitar is a SG copy, there's 2 in my local music shop but i didn't have the chance to try it(the store was close to early for the business hours), anyway the guitar was on window display and the first eye contact, WOW it's a beauty. If anybody has feedback it will help to make my desicion, next week i'll try the guitar. Cocoboudin

I finaly bought the JT-50, it's a real gem the neck is awsome so as the sound and the look is a killer. Here are some pics 152096

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cocoboudin
November 19th, 2012, 09:38 PM
These guitars just might be the most underrated guitars on the market.I just got my 3rd one and it's a fantastic player.The only fault I've found is the Bigsby type trem on the JT140.Very poor replica.The pups have been swaped out on the JT140 to GFS.The other 2 are stock and sound very nice.Here's some pics of these jewels.

I do bought a JT-50(sg copy) and the guitar is just fantastic it's all stock and i'm just wondering what's the pups spec.. on those humbuckers. Here's few pics 152590

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Pawnshopper
December 24th, 2012, 09:47 AM
Yesterday I saw two affordable Jay Tursers. One was a Telecaster copy, and one was a Wolfgang copy. I decided to go with the Wolfgang.

Should I replace the two-point tremolo with a floating Kahler, or should I leave it as-is? The currently-installed tremolo is a bit clanky.

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q90/cougar-innards/Guitareum/Jay%20Turser%20-%20Wolfgang/JayTurser-TelePaul-1.jpg

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q90/cougar-innards/Guitareum/Jay%20Turser%20-%20Wolfgang/JayTurser-TelePaul-2.jpg

Pawnshopper
December 24th, 2012, 05:51 PM
The previous owner did not believe in soldering. The pickup wiring was twisted and taped together. :mad:

The original tremolo routing overlaps where Kahler mounting screws go, so I can't route the body for a Kahler. :mad:

And even worse, the black bridge humbucker is not the original pickup. The previous owner swapped in some strange, four-wire, Italian pickup --- "DIMARZIO MADE IN U.S.A. DP101". I guess I can throw that away and search for a Jay Turser replacement. :lol:

p90special
December 25th, 2012, 12:42 AM
The previous owner did not believe in soldering. The pickup wiring was twisted and taped together. :mad:

The original tremolo routing overlaps where Kahler mounting screws go, so I can't route the body for a Kahler. :mad:

And even worse, the black bridge humbucker is not the original pickup. The previous owner swapped in some strange, four-wire, Italian pickup --- "DIMARZIO MADE IN U.S.A. DP101". I guess I can throw that away and search for a Jay Turser replacement. :lol:

I'll take it if you dont want it, beats it ending up in the landfill right?

PsychedelicTrip
December 26th, 2012, 02:07 AM
For the price these aren't bad guitars at all. This one comes with electronics, quilt finish. It almost feels like a maple guitar. Good guitar for taking outside on a nice day. Last time I played it that's exactly what I did.
http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q636/psychedelictripper/IMG_5924_zps86516013.jpg

billmag
December 26th, 2012, 06:31 PM
Here's mine that I modded with a custom tort pickguard and an aftermarket jazzmaster trem. It's a great little player for the surfy style tone.

Pawnshopper
December 26th, 2012, 07:30 PM
Updated with a hardtail bridge and pickup rings. I think I'll keep this one for a while.


The neck-pickup route had a hole drilled for the wiring. However, the hole was too close to the front/top surface of the guitar, and the neck pickup could not be lowered because the wiring was forcing it to a high position close to the strings. I had to carefully widen the wiring hole with a drill and screwdriver. The pickup now lowers.


The DiMarzio bridge pickup sounded almost exactly like the neck pickup. I replaced it with an unknown humbucker, and the bridge position now sounds like it should.


The hardtail has 2 solid screws and 3 questionable screws. If it rips out, I'll screw-and-glue a block in for the Kahler screws and do some routing when the weather improves.


http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q90/cougar-innards/Guitareum/Jay%20Turser%20-%20Wolfgang/JayTurser-Wolfgang-After-1.jpg

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q90/cougar-innards/Guitareum/Jay%20Turser%20-%20Wolfgang/JayTurser-Wolfgang-After-2.jpg

Pawnshopper
December 26th, 2012, 07:31 PM
Here's mine that I modded with a custom tort pickguard and an aftermarket jazzmaster trem. It's a great little player for the surfy style tone.

Now that looks sweet.

tehanallang
January 6th, 2013, 03:06 PM
Any Jay Turser owners out there?

I'll start things off with my new JT-LT-RW. Her name's Becky

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/534326_10152379980585585_607066062_n.jpg

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Pawnshopper
January 7th, 2013, 10:54 AM
Looks nice. I especially like the binding; it adds that extra something.

BTW,

http://www.tdpri.com/forum/guitar-owners-clubs/207575-jay-turser-guitar-club.html

tehanallang
January 7th, 2013, 12:04 PM
Oh my bad.

tehanallang
January 7th, 2013, 12:06 PM
And thanks for pointing out the link.

tehanallang
January 7th, 2013, 12:29 PM
Got mine on boxing day. :D

Its the supposed "Rosewood" tele. JT-LT-RW. Her name's Becky. The neck's a little thin for my liking but I bought her mainly as a modding platform and that wicked veneer...

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/534326_10152379980585585_607066062_n.jpg

She's double bound too!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/540841_10152379980620585_1139391250_n.jpg

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mcduff1
February 2nd, 2013, 08:51 PM
Hey everyone, thought I would share some thoughts on my wife's Jay Turser Strat. I thought it was junk when we first met, the action was horrible, it didn't sound all that great, but the neck keep me playing it. It sat around for a long time and finally I thought lets have a look at this thing.
The G string was hard to keep in tune, the nut was to blame so it was the first to go. On with a Graphtech nut. I tore the pickguard off to see what was going on inside, the volume was mostly an on/off switch so I replaced it with a 1meg pot I had kicking around. Bad idea, way to much treble. So I threw in a Fender texas special in the bridge and a gold lace sensor in the neck. It was better, but new wiring and pots were next.
Ordered up a complete kit, with .1uF cap and wired it up 'Eric Johnson' style. What a difference, from something that I could not play in the band to one of my go-to guitars. I also ground down all the bridge saddle screws so they are counter-sunk in the saddles, no more tore up hands!
The change in pots and wiring with the tone on the bridge pick-up is awesome, it is so usable now for a majority of songs. My band mates call it the 'cheapie' instead of 'blackie' but have no issues with poor tone now.
Very happy with it, while the body is cheaply made the neck is very comfortable.
Cheers!

vintage clubber
February 17th, 2013, 07:54 PM
I have a Paisley Tele and white strat copy. Both are nice guitars for the price point!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v715/ckbcustomshop/IMG_5006.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v715/ckbcustomshop/IMG_5793.jpg

My_View
March 16th, 2013, 06:06 PM
I have a mix of guit-fiddles and really enjoy the Turser necks, tone, finishes and value. My go-to guy for set-ups is surprised by them, as well. Not afraid to tote them on stage and leave the vintage Fender at home.

southdtele
May 16th, 2013, 01:29 PM
Hello everyone:
Just joined the Jay Turser club by getting a beauty for a steal of a deal at a local Pawn shop. Don't know much about Jay Tursers or my particular model (pics in my next post). If you have any knowledge, please feel free to share. Thanks in advance!

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tehanallang
May 26th, 2013, 11:32 AM
I posted up some pictures of my new JT rosewood Tele up here a couple of months ago...well I didn't really gel with her and I pawned that off and replaced her with this girl...

Say hello to Sierra. :smile:

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She's a newer JT-300. Honestly, the hardware and electronics are under par but the neck on that baby is just brilliant. Great fretwork and a lovely profile. The body's quite nice too and all for just AED 450. ($120 give or take...) I thought I'd scored a winner with the Tele but Sierra here blows that out of the water. Great guitar.

I'll be swapping out all the hardware and electronics with the help of some GFS magic.

Torty scratchplate too!

Chrish2os
May 30th, 2013, 11:07 AM
This is my jay turser. She's a beauty. I added a GFS X-trem, I also added a dream 90 to the neck and a VEH- Brown Sound in the bridge. I love the neck, it's nice and thin and the beautiful inlays, it's just an awesome guitar

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Tarheel72
June 8th, 2013, 03:24 PM
Hey everyone, thought I would share some thoughts on my wife's Jay Turser Strat. I thought it was junk when we first met, the action was horrible, it didn't sound all that great, but the neck keep me playing it. It sat around for a long time and finally I thought lets have a look at this thing.
The G string was hard to keep in tune, the nut was to blame so it was the first to go. On with a Graphtech nut.

Not sure how hold the guitar was but Turser has an exclusive agreement with Graph Tech since 2008 to supply Graph Tech NuBone nuts.

Nephilim
July 5th, 2013, 12:14 PM
and this is a copy paste lol...--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hi my name is Ryan. Im a Blues Rocker ,I learned off of Pink Floyd (Gilmour)i love to also play a lot Slayer and Sepultura) anyhow , my StageMasters electronics quit on me so I had to borrow a friends 50$ garbage Profile just so I could figure out the solo to the first Sabbath song on the new album.

Well yesterday I went with a buddy to the music store on the other side of town and picked up a red Jay Turser JT 50 SG Standard , that would not stay in tune so I grabbed the next one , a black one , with a real nice neck and it stayed in tune regardless of the bends and vibrato. The store guy offered it to me for 130$ with no tax and a gig bag for 20$ . I only had 30$ so he put it away till I get paid in 2 weeks. Im jonesing already .BUT

My question is has anybody tried putting some hot pickups in this model? (Turser JT 50 SG Standard ) cause that's what I want to do, maybe some Gibson humbuckers , for that nice bluesy tone.Any suggestions ? as I don't know a lot about pickups, I was always to busy practicing to be the technician. The guitar is all black with a black pick guard. Its cool that its got a set neck. I couldn't really hear how the pick ups were at the shop as I was buried in distortion playing Slayer riffs. but don't get me wrong, im a Peter Green nut and love Blues and Blues Rock. I want a nice Blusey tone. I'll wait till I can afford the new BC Rich Bitch ST with the Floyd to do the Slayer Solos and mayhem.
Thanks !!!

Tarheel72
July 5th, 2013, 03:00 PM
If by hot you mean high output then you might want to check the standard pickups. Most likely they are Belcats, made in Korea. But I found them to be too thin for my taste. I looked at lots of replacements, including DiMarzio, SD and Gibson. I went with Toneriders. I don't think you can beat them for the money, around $100 per pair. They are made with US parts and scatterwound on their own machines. I would also suggest you consider new wiring. You will find mini pots I bet, and if you go to full size pots with a proper oil in paper capacitor you will get much better sound with more tonal control. Invest $150-$200 dollars in it and you will be surprised at what it sounds like for the money. The next step would then be a new bridge and tuners. That will keep it in tune and intonated for about $50.

sumdawgtwigg
August 12th, 2013, 01:27 AM
I didn't see a JT club but if I missed it I apologize. So, here's mine! A mustang copy in olympic white. It has a jazzmaster style bridge but that's the reason I chose this model over other mustang copies. Great guitar!

http://i550.photobucket.com/albums/ii405/sumdawg2009/photo.jpg

telequacktastic
August 17th, 2013, 11:20 PM
Just bought a Jay Turser Strat style model at a Pawn Shop for $40! I cleaned her up, fretboard conditioner, shimmed the neck, and blocked the trem with 5 springs. She plays pretty good now! I'm going to keep her in the car when I go to work and practice on my lunch breaks! :mrgreen:

LGOberean
August 21st, 2013, 11:56 AM
I was watching an episode of Pawn Stars last night, and some blonde brought in a display of supposed Beatles' memorabilia which included a violin bass. Turns out it was a Jay Turser copy of the Hofner bass that McCartney made famous.

Didn't someone in this thread say they had one? Any pics?

onurtrkc
August 27th, 2013, 04:36 AM
I bought my very first Jay Turser rosewood Telecaster yesterday. It doesn't sound like a real Tele, but it has nice overdriven sound. Neck is incredible comfortable after my Epiphone G400, yet it has a little low sustn. Im planning to change pickups as soon as possible because they feel very weak. Overall, best deal i've made for 80$ and I connected to it somehow I can't define. My old Epiphone was better(I had to sell her) but I love my tele much more. I think i'll keep it and turn it to a beast, and it will be my main gigging guitar!

trev333
August 31st, 2013, 04:21 AM
I used be an owner...:wink:

I bought this lefty JT SG copy for a mate's lefty son a while back, cheap in a clearance sale....... we haven't caught up for ages... a year of two....:roll:,,, I couldn't believe the time went that quickly ....:roll:...
I was trying to keep it for a surprise...:lol:

It's been sitting in the box all that time unplayed.. I may have got it out once to check it, tune it , have a lefty strum...:roll:

anyway today old mate turns up with his son, 17 now.... I also made a lefty Tele for my mate who plays upside down rightys usually.... and we've been playing them most of the afternoon.... they've just left.....

this JT with the kid playing it was as sweet as any guitar I've had here.. I was surprised how nice the PU's were..... he was getting some great sounds out of it.... the action was set low and fast, no mud almost acoustic sounding at times,,,,... no high frets or dead notes and it was still in tune!.... :twisted:

the kid couldn't believe he was leaving with it,,,,, total stoke....:lol:...

he'll be playing it when he gets home and into the night.... it was the first new proper Lefty he's had.... :cool:

my work is done here... a couple of guitars found their respective owners....:lol:

davidchagrin
September 23rd, 2013, 08:17 PM
I own what was originally a Jay Turser Delta Lady (jt-dl). I bought it new from Ebay around 2005. It was always a good guitar. Very much a telecaster style with a body that reminds me of Brian May. It came with a t-style bridge and pickup and a humbucker in the neck position.
This year, I decided to make some modifications to make this a great player. I'm not a wealthy man (like all JT owners), so I got all my upgrades from GFS. These mods include the neck, locking tuners, dream 90 pup in the neck, ashtray bridge with brass saddles, single sized hb in the bridge. I think that's it.
This guitar is honestly now one of the best I've ever laid my hands on. So easy to play and I'm able to coax a plethora of tones out of it.

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davidchagrin
September 23rd, 2013, 08:32 PM
I didn't see a JT club but if I missed it I apologize. So, here's mine! A mustang copy in olympic white. It has a jazzmaster style bridge but that's the reason I chose this model over other mustang copies. Great guitar!



Is that the mg or mg2? I check the website and I can't tell the difference between them.

davidchagrin
October 7th, 2013, 07:40 PM
I'm truly surprised that we don't have a ton of people in this club! JTs are easily on par with the majority of what Rondo has to offer and their most recent models seem to have some great improvements.

My_View
October 31st, 2013, 03:37 PM
Found this red beauty online. Features abalone/pearl binding, robust sound. Needs tweekage of truss/bridge/nut and will be my new old travel twanger.

naveed211
November 24th, 2013, 12:00 AM
I just joined the club. Too lazy to take a picture, but it's this one: http://www.jayturser.com/products/electrics/images/zoom/AMS-JT-LT-BK_Front.jpg

I actually went in and tried a CVC alongside it and I thought their quality was pretty close, didn't justify the extra $150 used. I was planning on swapping the pickups either way (the Turser neck pickup is muddy central), so I spent $100 on some Duncan Alnico II Pros. The Turser is a really solid little guitar. I think it's made of plywood or something (they won't tell you what wood it is on the website...sketchy), but I'll be honest, the thing resonates and sustains really well. Sounds like a Tele should, I'm thinking the Duncans will take it to another level. Really like the neck.

I think you'd have to spend quite a few extra hundred bucks to really get a justifiable and appreciable difference in quality for a Tele.

naveed211
November 30th, 2013, 06:16 PM
The Duncan Alnico II Pros went into the Turser today and they sound fantastic. The neck pickup is infinitely better than stock (actually usable now), where the bridge pup is now more detailed, clearer, more lively.

A pickup change and a little setup turns this guitar into a definite steal. Playability is subjective, but tonally I think this guy can hang with just about anything.

Sophistopater
January 2nd, 2014, 12:09 PM
Hey there! First post in the forums, and to be honest I felt compelled to post here as I've been bitten by a Turser and I can't put it down! Admittedly, my #1 is a '89 Amer Standard Strat set up with floating trem, and next would be a 2010 Gibson Firebird (waiting for me to break down and fit her with a Bigsby!)... But I bought this after high school when I was lusting after some bucking tone - saw it hanging at a small local shop and couldn't get it out of mind. Two visits later I was showing up with cash. I think it's a JT-134DC, plays wonderfully today as ever! Bang for buck these are amazing guitars, and you'll look good playing it too, which is half the battle, let's admit it :D It'll likely get a new set of pickups someday, the neck position sounds like mud (seems common here?) but the bridge does a kind of comically exaggerated les paul type tone that's just fun. I've loaned it to a couple of musician clients (I'm a recording engineer) and it has been affectionately dubbed the "JT Awesome". I think she earned it.

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JKPickin
January 2nd, 2014, 06:49 PM
Hi Everyone,
New to the forum because of a JT-LT-RW that I just (back)ordered. Not sure when I'll actually get it but am excited about it. I have a bit of Turser in my guitar history. Started out with a used JT-300 purple sunburst with gold hardware. I never bonded with it but kept it for about 10 years before giving it to my brother-in law. Back in 01 I picked up a walnut JT-50 off ebay and that has been my goto guitar since. I've always liked the feel and tone of this guitar...and so has anyone who's played it. The only mods to it are a Graphtec bridge. I'll post pics of the RW once I get it.

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q298/jbk_edm/Axes/944994449f33afa2e0f6166391f3c344_zpsc4ba6364.jpg

mrz80
January 9th, 2014, 08:37 AM
Nice to see the Tursers getting some love; they're darned good guitars for the money. I landed mine several years ago when I was looking for a backup guitar for my Black Telecaster, and came across this critter at a local used-guitar emporium (any Gators out there remember the purple house? :) )... JT-134QMT with gold hw:

http://www.afn.org/~scotsman/photos/2013/2013.02.03.guitars/640/2013-02-03_09-56-24_961.640.jpg

http://www.afn.org/~scotsman/photos/guitar/jay.turser.jt134.closeup.DSC_7624.640.JPG

Timewarp Guitar
January 13th, 2014, 04:06 PM
New to forum, a quick question. Does any one know where I can get a 3 way switch for the Turser tele? Just got a Paisley one from a friend, and the switch is a little intermittent at times.

Tarheel72
January 13th, 2014, 06:25 PM
You cannot buy direct replacement parts from Turser. You may just have a loose connection and if you remove the panel you can resolder it. I do not have that model but I would suspect you can get a replacement switch that you can use from several Internet vendors. Try Stew Mac, Guitar Fetish or All Parts. Even Amazon might have a resource. On the other hand it might be easier to simply replace the whole control unit with switch and pots and drop that in. I don't know for sure but doesn't the Turser have the mini pots in it? This might be a good time to replace them with full size pots.

If I am wrong about all of this I apologize. As I said, my experience is the the LP model and not the Tele model.

Timewarp Guitar
January 13th, 2014, 07:46 PM
Thanks for the quick reply. I haven't taken it apart,yet. The wife has to get used to it (" Why do you need another guitar?") I'll take it down in another day or so. I saw complete switch plates for teles on Guitarfetish's site, But am not sure yet if the standard pots and switches will fit the Turser routs. If they are full size, I think I'll put the Guitarfetish set in, but I was told the 3 way is different. It shouldn't be too hard to hog the routing out a little, I guess. I'll bet it'd look sweet with black hardware.......

NewPort
January 15th, 2014, 01:08 AM
I didn't see a JT club but if I missed it I apologize. So, here's mine! A mustang copy in olympic white. It has a jazzmaster style bridge but that's the reason I chose this model over other mustang copies. Great guitar!

http://i550.photobucket.com/albums/ii405/sumdawg2009/photo.jpg

I've had the bug for getting a musicmaster/mustang body for my mini strat neck for a few weeks. The ebay prices for a body were too high for me. I finally settled on a Jay Turser jt-mg from amazon for $115 shipped,arrive date Monday 20th. I'll probably have to move the bridge or maybe get a tornado bridge to work out the intonation.

Here's what it might look like with the mini strat neck.

davidchagrin
January 15th, 2014, 09:30 AM
I've had the bug for getting a musicmaster/mustang body for my mini strat neck for a few weeks. The ebay prices for a body were too high for me. I finally settled on a Jay Turser jt-mg from amazon for $115 shipped,arrive date Monday 20th. I'll probably have to move the bridge or maybe get a tornado bridge to work out the intonation.

Here's what it might look like with the mini strat neck.

That's a cool idea. I like how an entire guitar can be so inexpensive, yet playable.

Timewarp Guitar
January 22nd, 2014, 04:14 PM
I pulled off the switch plate and measured all the routing, and standard tele stuff will fit. I then ordered a 4 way switch from Stew Mac, and will keep you updated after the install. Held off on the complete plate,switch. and pot ass'y because they are made in China, and will probably switch out the pots with 500 ohm, full size Fender pots at a later time. Then we'll see about the pick-ups. Maybe a new pick guard with a P90 and a little reworking of the rout at the neck? and a hot tele bridge pick up to finish it off?

Timewarp Guitar
February 3rd, 2014, 06:04 PM
Just installed the 4 way switch. Sounds excellent! Should have read the web info more carefully, switch tip didn't fit, new one on way. All in all, very happy with this guitar, and made more so by the 4 way switch. Now I can sit back, watch the snow fall, and pick and grin. Next project will be full size pots.

Timewarp Guitar
February 11th, 2014, 10:29 PM
In case anyone is following this post, I had the Turser out on a jam Sunday, and was pleasantly surprised by the 4 way switch with full amplification. The guitar garnered several compliments on the sound. I noticed it was different (in voicing) from the Rosewood Turser tele that was being played during the same time I was on stage, but not in a bad way. I don't think I will need to change the pick ups, as I was happy with them, but will change the pots and tone cap at a later date.

JKPickin
February 12th, 2014, 12:53 AM
Thanks for the posts Timewarp, I have been watching with interest :). I'm hoping to get a tracking number for my JT-LT-RW soon...can't wait to compare it with my Baja. The JT is going to be fun to mod :)

Timewarp Guitar
February 12th, 2014, 08:45 PM
I'll be interested in your progress w/ your mods, JKPicker. Vintage Clubber was kind enough to tell me where to get a clear pickguard, so that's definitely on my list for my tele. His looks GREAT with one.
The Oaks Grigsby 4 way switch is a good place to start on one of these guitars. Easy to do, and gives an extra "tone" to play around with.

JKPickin
February 12th, 2014, 09:56 PM
I'll be interested in your progress w/ your mods, JKPicker. Vintage Clubber was kind enough to tell me where to get a clear pickguard, so that's definitely on my list for my tele. His looks GREAT with one.
The Oaks Grigsby 4 way switch is a good place to start on one of these guitars. Easy to do, and gives an extra "tone" to play around with.

Yep a 4 or even 5 way is first on my list :mrgreen:

Timewarp Guitar
February 14th, 2014, 06:21 PM
JK,
5 way? How would that work w/ 2 single coil pick ups? :?:
Do you have a humbucker on it somewhere?

JKPickin
February 14th, 2014, 07:48 PM
JK, 5 way? How would that work w/ 2 single coil pick ups? :?: Do you have a humbucker on it somewhere?

It'll act much like my 4 way s-1 on the Baja

1.Bridge only (normal Tele)
2.neck and bridge in series and out of phase
3.neck and bridge in parallel (normal Tele)
4.bridge and neck in series (fatter sound like a humbucker)
5.neck only (normal Tele)

Timewarp Guitar
February 15th, 2014, 03:35 PM
Outstanding! If I get a chance to pick up another switch kit, maybe I'll grab one of those. If I get another tele, I'll definitely be looking for one! Sounds very interesting. Before I was given the Turser, I was looking at the Fender Modern Player Plus tele, which has 3 pickups, HSS, and there is a switching system available for it that gives something like 60 combinations to it. Maybe somewhere down the line-------------

NewPort
February 28th, 2014, 09:06 PM
I've had the bug for getting a musicmaster/mustang body for my mini strat neck for a few weeks. The ebay prices for a body were too high for me. I finally settled on a Jay Turser jt-mg from amazon for $115 shipped,arrive date Monday 20th. I'll probably have to move the bridge or maybe get a tornado bridge to work out the intonation.

Here's what it might look like with the mini strat neck.

Ok, I think it's done, for now anyway. The body, bridge, tremelo, switches and tuners (they will eventually get changed for something smoother) are still Jay Turser.

The neck is a Squier Duo-Sonic with bone nut. I had planned on using a min-strat neck for the correct looking rosewood finger board but I just couldn't get used to the sound, a lack of harmonics or something. The 24" neck sounds much better. I didn't get to use the rosewood neck but I do like the look of the maple neck with the light color body anyway.

The pickguard is an ebay purchase, the control plate is fender. All mount holes had to be redrilled. The Jay Turser knobs were undersized junk, I had the witch hat knobs. The original knobs fit so poorly that one of the mini pot split shafts was bent and broken. I replaced the pots with 1 meg full size alphas and changed the output jack to a switchcraft ( the original jack was one of the worst chinese I have seen).

The pickups were cheap A5 ebay purchases as were the black no hole covers. My habit is to adjust the pole pieces on pickups and usually these cheap pickups will have solid plastic bobbins, not this time, oh well. I broke the coils on both. I used this as an opportunity to try my hand at rewinding. I was afraid of breaking 42awg wire and wanted brighter pickups so I went with 41awg wire. Sheesh even the 41awg is super thin and breaks easily. I wound both pickups as full as possible, the neck came out to 3.6k and the bridge, which had less room for wire, to 3.2k. The neck with cover installed was easy to get adjusted, the bridge pickup was a problem because the strings are so high. I cut the ears off of the bridge cover to gain about another 1/8" adjustment range and ended up with the bridge at about maximum height using cone springs. I like the look of the no hole covers but they do affect how close you can get the pickup poles to the strings, maybe a fender brand cover would have a thinner top. Overall I really like the brightness and chime of these pickups and the bass is really tight. I have it wired to get individual, parallel, series and out of phase.

I really like the single coil cleans of this Mustang. Weight is 7pound 4oz.

davidchagrin
March 1st, 2014, 08:27 AM
That looks really sharp. I do like the maple fretboard as well.

LGOberean
March 2nd, 2014, 04:08 PM
I'm not very familiar with Jay Turser guitars, but lately I've been feeling GAS pains for a resonator guitar. I'd be in the dog house for sure if I pulled the trigger on anything right now, so it'll have to wait, and be a "cheap" one when I do. So I thought of Jay Turser; my impression is that they are budget guitars and not bad quality. The resonators they have are solidbody, with a mini humbucker and a piezo bridge pup.

http://www.jayturser.com/products/bluegrass/images/zoom/JT-RESSTR.jpg

http://www.jayturser.com/products/bluegrass/images/zoom/JT-900RESTSB.jpg


Anyone own one, or played one? How heavy are they?

Tarheel72
March 2nd, 2014, 08:28 PM
Overall for a budget guitar Tursers are pretty decent. They seem to actually be getting better, probably more related to the improved manufacturing in China, with Epi, Fender and other mainstream manufacturers setting up shop over there. I do not own this model, so will leave it to someone else to comment on it specifically. But I found my Turser to be very playable in its off the shelf form and a great platform for mods. I would guess that overall you will not be disappointed with the price/quality ratio and could certainly make small improvements to it over time if you wanted to and make it even more personalized.

LGOberean
March 3rd, 2014, 07:43 PM
Thanks for your comments about Jay Turser quality. Your reasons for their being decent and actually getting better make perfect sense.

I'm not a modder, so generally speaking I look for a model (whether tele style, resonator or whatever) that will serve my needs right out of the box. About the resonators in my post above, I'm intrigued about the combination of a mini humbucker and a piezo bridge pup.

LGOberean
March 3rd, 2014, 07:59 PM
It's kinda awkward since this thread has garnered a number of responses and being going for 7 months or so, but the OP did miss the existing Jay Turser thread that has been going for about 4 years now...

http://www.tdpri.com/forum/guitar-owners-clubs/207575-jay-turser-guitar-club.html

I just posted something to that thread, and when I scrolled down the index page and saw this one, I was confused for a moment. I thought, "Didn't I just post to this thread?" :confused:

NewPort
March 5th, 2014, 05:13 PM
Copied from my post on another Jay Turser thread.

Ok, I think it's done, for now anyway. The body, bridge, tremelo, switches and tuners (they will eventually get changed for something smoother) are still Jay Turser.

The neck is a Squier Duo-Sonic with bone nut. I had planned on using a min-strat neck for the correct looking rosewood finger board but I just couldn't get used to the sound, a lack of harmonics or something. The 24" neck sounds much better. I didn't get to use the rosewood neck but I do like the look of the maple neck with the light color body anyway.

The pickguard is an ebay purchase, the control plate is fender. All mount holes had to be redrilled. The Jay Turser knobs were undersized junk, I had the witch hat knobs. The original knobs fit so poorly that one of the mini pot split shafts was bent and broken. I replaced the pots with 1 meg full size alphas and changed the output jack to a switchcraft ( the original jack was one of the worst chinese I have seen).

The pickups were cheap A5 ebay purchases as were the black no hole covers. My habit is to adjust the pole pieces on pickups and usually these cheap pickups will have solid plastic bobbins, not this time, oh well. I broke the coils on both. I used this as an opportunity to try my hand at rewinding. I was afraid of breaking 42awg wire and wanted brighter pickups so I went with 41awg wire. Sheesh even the 41awg is super thin and breaks easily. I wound both pickups as full as possible, the neck came out to 3.6k and the bridge, which had less room for wire, to 3.2k. The neck with cover installed was easy to get adjusted, the bridge pickup was a problem because the strings are so high. I cut the ears off of the bridge cover to gain about another 1/8" adjustment range and ended up with the bridge at about maximum height using cone springs. I like the look of the no hole covers but they do affect how close you can get the pickup poles to the strings, maybe a fender brand cover would have a thinner top. Overall I really like the brightness and chime of these pickups and the bass is really tight. I have it wired to get individual, parallel, series and out of phase.

I really like the single coil cleans of this Mustang. Weight is 7pound 4oz.

Timewarp Guitar
March 5th, 2014, 05:39 PM
Hi LGOberean,
As I've mentioned earlier, I have a Turser tele, and like it more and more each day. A friend of mine has several Tursers, and swears by them. He has a Gibby Les Paul, bought new from back in the day, so it's not like he hasn't had a chance to play a "Quality" guitar. Most of us who are playing Tursers have experience with other guitars, and just play them 'cause we like them. I guess what it all comes down to is: "if you like it, and it sounds good to you, buy it".
I can identify with the wife not wanting you to drop any bucks on a new guitar. I have a Heritage, and a nice old Epi, as well as a couple of basses and an accoustic, so mine tells me, "I can have any one I want. Which one am I going to sell?" That kind of puts a damper on my GAS.:cry:

Tarheel72
March 5th, 2014, 07:04 PM
Timewarp Guitar: "I can have any one I want. Which one am I going to sell?"

Ha, I have heard that one before. But so far I have sold three guitars and an amp and in each case I sold them for more than I paid for them, so I just tell her not to worry, if we need cash I am covered. I tell her I never lose money on guitars or guns and so far I have been correct on both counts.

NewPort
March 5th, 2014, 07:58 PM
Thanks for the link.

It's kinda awkward since this thread has garnered a number of responses and being going for 7 months or so, but the OP did miss the existing Jay Turser thread that has been going for about 4 years now...

http://www.tdpri.com/forum/guitar-owners-clubs/207575-jay-turser-guitar-club.html

I just posted something to that thread, and when I scrolled down the index page and saw this one, I was confused for a moment. I thought, "Didn't I just post to this thread?" :confused:

LGOberean
March 6th, 2014, 08:04 PM
My wife wouldn't try that line on me. I've told her before that I'd sell gear as I was GASing for something new. But to date I haven't sold anything. Well, I've sold some old floor monitors and a lot of cables, but no amplifiers or guitars. :lol:

Midnight_Train
March 10th, 2014, 02:07 AM
I haven't taken it apart,yet. The wife has to get used to it (" Why do you need another guitar?")Sounds familiar somehow. :lol: I'm hoping to be able to sneak new acquistions into the house, and then say "That? I've had that for a few years." :mrgreen:

My first post, and I joined TDPRI to find out more about Telecasters, one of the few guitar styles I don't own already. I've been eyeballing some Turser Telecopies on eBay for awhile, and wanted to see what you guys thought of those.
In 2005, I bought a JT-Hawk12 (http://www.jayturser.com/products/electrics/jt-hawk12.php), my first solidbody 12-string. I bought it to kind of give my old Yamaha FG-230 a rest, and to try some new stuff. I like it.

Now I'm itching for a Tele, to get "the sound" on certain songs. (Like the intro and recurring riff in Neil Young's "Unknown Legend," or Dwight Yoakam's cover of "Suspicious Minds.")

Might do some mods on one in the future, but meanwhile, the info in this thread about Graphtech nuts has been helpful, and duly noted. :cool:

LGOberean
March 10th, 2014, 09:53 AM
Sounds familiar somehow. :lol: I'm hoping to be able to sneak new acquistions into the house, and then say "That? I've had that for a few years." :mrgreen:

My first post, and I joined TDPRI to find out more about Telecasters, one of the few guitar styles I don't own already. I've been eyeballing some Turser Telecopies on eBay for awhile, and wanted to see what you guys thought of those.
In 2005, I bought a JT-Hawk12 (http://www.jayturser.com/products/electrics/jt-hawk12.php), my first solidbody 12-string. I bought it to kind of give my old Yamaha FG-230 a rest, and to try some new stuff. I like it.

Now I'm itching for a Tele, to get "the sound" on certain songs. (Like the intro and recurring riff in Neil Young's "Unknown Legend," or Dwight Yoakam's cover of "Suspicious Minds.")

Might do some mods on one in the future, but meanwhile, the info in this thread about Graphtech nuts has been helpful, and duly noted. :cool:


Welcome to TDPRI. Good luck to you in your search for a Tele or "telecopy," as you put it. :grin: I think in time you'll come to the opinion that a tele certainly delivers on "the sound" you're seeking, but that it is also a very versatile instrument.

cocoboudin
March 13th, 2014, 06:01 PM
About a month ago i bought a Jay Turser JT-220D TE. The guitar is a beauty flawless finish great neck good pups good tuners just a great guitar. That Will be my third jay turser and i'm really satisfied whit that brand, in lots of reviews that brand of guitars are really under rated. Cocoboudin

LGOberean
March 20th, 2014, 01:34 AM
Cocoboudin, you know the rule...pics or it didn't happen. :wink:

Well, maybe I should back up here. I saw your thread about the JT-220-D TE, but unless I missed a recent post, you didn't have pics in that thread. And I don't remember seeing pics of it in this thread.

LGOberean
March 21st, 2014, 05:50 PM
I asked some time ago in this thread (in February of 2011) about the Rosewood tele style. Well, in December of that same year Guitar Player magazine reviewed it and gave it their "Editor's Pick." Just now saw that on the JT website. Looks like they go for a couple of hundred bucks. I haven't been GASing lately about a rosewood tele, but that just revived the syndrome. :wink:

I found this video of one, which is not completely stock, the difference being an aftermarket SD Broadcaster bridge pup. So for the first 30 seconds of the video, he's playing through the neck pup, and that gives us the best representation of a stock JT-LT-RW. After that, his playing in the middle, then bridge positions I'm assuming are somewhat different. Still, kinda helpful...

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Midnight_Train
March 28th, 2014, 04:01 PM
^^^ Good pickin' there.

I almost forgot to make an update to my previous post here (#100). A couple of weeks ago, I ordered a JT-LT/IV (ivory finish) from Butler Music. In checking it over before they shipped it, Butler's tech noted a crack in the finish on the neck. The defect might have been only in the finish and not in the wood, but they told me about it so I could decide whether to accept it as it was, or make another choice.
I ended up with a JT-LT/N, in a natural finish, and so far I'm very happy with it. I have a "new" Roland Micro Cube amp, and I think I'm going to pair the JT and that amp tonight while La Wife is at work.
Just added a "new" Guyatone ST2 compressor to the collection, so I'll exercise that a little, too. Twanggggggg! :cool:

Now I'm eyeballing some JT Les Paul copies on eBay. GAS, GAS, GAS! :lol:

mindwave
March 30th, 2014, 09:49 AM
MRZ80, you ever want to sell that JT let me know, Im right down the street in orlando and make an occasional trip to ocala!

thats one of the FEW JT's I have never owned

mindwave
March 30th, 2014, 09:59 AM
I have owned and own again, more JT's than I should, however here are a few of my "special ones"

JT Super Strat with a QTX tone control (really a 'wiring saver as it does split coil/in/out of phase) awesome neck good pups GREAT wiring! Considering changing the pups, but have WAY too many projects on deck at the moment!

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y405/indwave/GTR3_zps42314c62.jpg

My most recent, a NEW JT Strat, this one will receive a new PG, new pups, an awesome new wiring job (similar to the QTX) and a floyd rose. Best strat I ever owned was an MIM Sambora strat, and Ive been trying to get back there ever since:

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y405/indwave/GTR1_zps9a0cf3f1.jpg

MY Colonel, new GFS pups and some new control knobs. Saw an Epi WildKat at Sam ash and thought Hey I can do better than THAT!

http://i1273.photobucket.com/albums/y405/indwave/1JTColonel_zpsa0ce3acd.jpg

THIS however is the 'one that got away' in a fit of frusttration I sold my entire guitar setup about 6 years ago and this went with it. Ive never seen one since although I have tried. Talked with Dennis, The US Importer and he said it was a signature line, released 10 years ago (about when I bought mine) that was only in production 2 years. ANYONE WHO HAS ONE, and wants to sell reasonably please let me know

http://www.thehess.org/jtsqca.html


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old guitar player
April 5th, 2014, 12:01 PM
I just got a JT-LT Vintage Series Tele:

old guitar player
April 5th, 2014, 12:17 PM
I own both the Vintage Series Strat & Tele copies. They are stock. After extensive full setups they are great guitars if you can find them used. Both guitars cost me a total of $170.00. I use them for gigs and jamming.

davidchagrin
April 6th, 2014, 07:40 PM
I own what was originally a Jay Turser Delta Lady (jt-dl). I bought it new from Ebay around 2005. It was always a good guitar. Very much a telecaster style with a body that reminds me of Brian May. It came with a t-style bridge and pickup and a humbucker in the neck position.
This year, I decided to make some modifications to make this a great player. I'm not a wealthy man (like all JT owners), so I got all my upgrades from GFS. These mods include the neck, locking tuners, dream 90 pup in the neck, ashtray bridge with brass saddles, single sized hb in the bridge. I think that's it.
This guitar is honestly now one of the best I've ever laid my hands on. So easy to play and I'm able to coax a plethora of tones out of it.



Has anyone else seen/used/owned one of these? There is VERY little info about them on the interwebs...

mindwave
April 6th, 2014, 08:21 PM
OGP that tele looks GREAT

old guitar player
April 7th, 2014, 10:19 AM
OGP that tele looks GREAT

Thanks! I feel I was lucky to find one as good as this. After new strings and a quick setup it plays and sounds pretty darn good. Even my guitar playing buddies were impressed! I do plan on swapping out the pups one day since I am not that crazy about their tone but they do work and have decent output. I have read that these Tursers are good modding guitars. I'd say in terms of quality I'd put it slightly above Squier Affinity or even on par with the CV line as well. It has a full size body (quite heavy) and it's a top loader with the vintage style bridge saddles. I also plan on swapping that out for one with 6 adjustable saddles for better intonation.

Tarheel72
April 7th, 2014, 01:29 PM
Has anyone else seen/used/owned one of these? There is VERY little info about them on the interwebs...

JT seems to change model numbers and specs every year so it is really hard to find a specific model with the same specs from one year to the next by doing an internet serach on a model number or name. And sometimes the specs they publish are not even right. The gold top I got was mahogany, verified by customer service with the serial number and me with my eyes, but the website indicated that it along with all of the LP styles that year were alder. Of course the next year they made a big deal about all of the LP styles having mahogany bodies.

Try to post your question on their facebook page. They seem to monitor that fairly often

mindwave
April 8th, 2014, 01:38 PM
also if you want to check w/ jay at musiclandcentral.com he was their primary importer for almost a decade.

he's how I found out that my SQCE was a VERY limited edition and I REALLY should have kept it...sigh

PoorOtis
April 10th, 2014, 12:08 PM
I over looked JT guitars for many years... I thought the price was too cheep
and the made of balsa wood,with the poorest electronics that money could buy....until I sat down and played one..had to buy it..!!!
Theirs just something about that old black tele sytle model I have..its a little bit
of this and a little bit of that that makes the JT guitars special to those who play them! I only wish I would of found out about this sooner!

Timewarp Guitar
April 10th, 2014, 04:03 PM
I've been playing my Turser Paisley Tele more and more lately, to the extent of ignoring my other guitars. I took my Epi Sheraton to a jam last weekend and it was like playing someone else's guitar. That's not good! I've got to pick up the other stuff,but the Turser is just too much fun!

cocoboudin
April 11th, 2014, 12:12 PM
Cocoboudin, you know the rule...pics or it didn't happen. :wink: Well, maybe I should back up here. I saw your thread about the JT-220-D TE, but unless I missed a recent post, you didn't have pics in that thread. And I don't remember seeing pics of it in this thread.

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Here's few pics cocoboudin

old guitar player
April 12th, 2014, 11:37 AM
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Here's few pics cocoboudin

I really like the tiger striping on the top. Lovely!

cocoboudin
April 12th, 2014, 12:06 PM
I really like the tiger striping on the top. Lovely!

I got few more pics

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I'm really satisfied whit the guitar to. Cocoboudon

Midnight_Train
April 12th, 2014, 03:05 PM
And I just added another Turser to my collection, a used white SG-shape with a Bigsby-style whammy on it. I haven't even unboxed it yet, but maybe before the weekend is out, I'll get to play it. :cool:

Ibanez and Turser are now tied for the "Most Guitars of One Brand" around here. :smile:

cocoboudin
April 12th, 2014, 05:30 PM
And I just added another Turser to my collection, a used white SG-shape with a Bigsby-style whammy on it. I haven't even unboxed it yet, but maybe before the weekend is out, I'll get to play it. :cool: Ibanez and Turser are now tied for the "Most Guitars of One Brand" around here. :smile:

I have jay turser jt-50(SG) myself and i'm also satisfied whit it. Cocoboudin

Midnight_Train
April 13th, 2014, 01:02 AM
Thanks for that info, Cocoboudin. I have Turser's site bookmarked but never thought to go look up the model number for it. The one I have was listed as Antique White rather than Ivory, and apparently the ones with whammy bars were discontinued awhile baclk.

I had been watching a JT-200 as well as a JT-220 and a couple of other LP-types that didn't have a model number listed, but I ended up with an SX Callisto. (My first guitar with P-90's.) :cool:

cocoboudin
April 13th, 2014, 12:24 PM
Thanks for that info, Cocoboudin. I have Turser's site bookmarked but never thought to go look up the model number for it. The one I have was listed as Antique White rather than Ivory, and apparently the ones with whammy bars were discontinued awhile baclk. I had been watching a JT-200 as well as a JT-220 and a couple of other LP-types that didn't have a model number listed, but I ended up with an SX Callisto. (My first guitar with P-90's.) :cool:

Here's few pics of the JT-50(SG)

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Cocoboudin