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NGD: 2008 Classic Player Jazzmaster

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Rayf_Brogan, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. Rayf_Brogan

    Rayf_Brogan Tele-Meister

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    For almost 25 years, I've always wanted a sunburst Jaguar but I keep chickening out because I'm just not a fan of those pickups. Somehow the idea of a Jazz Master never dawned on me until I heard one recently and decided to give it a try. Found one with a nice G&G case on eBay and timed it right with a 20% off coupon.

    Man, this guitar is huge. My only experience with offset guitars were early 60's Jag & DuoSonics. I knew the Jazzmaster wasn't a shortscale, but I admit, I was caught off guard. Took me a solid week to get used to the thing. I could see how a vintage neck radius might help playing this things, but the modern 9.5" radius feels fine. While the pickups are not bad by any stretch, they sound very similar to a standard Strat (not a bad thing). I'll play 'em for a while and eventually switch to something a little more classic Jazzmastery.

    I will say the Classic Players are solidly built. No problem setting the action & intonation. I'm not even getting any buzz at the saddle. While I think the traditional bridge and trem position looks cooler on the vintage JM's, there's no way I'd go through the hoops people suggest to get those things to play right. The finish isn't much thicker than the Poly on my American Deluxe Strat, although while the sunburst looks good, it's a little more orange than the vintage yellow burst I've seen on the older Jags I've seen. Still, it's nice to have and a totally different guitar than what I've been used to. IMG_20180711_084248.jpg IMG_20180711_084207.jpg
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  2. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Nice!
    I had a black one once.
     
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  3. maloburro

    maloburro Tele-Holic

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    Congrats. Funny I was going to post a NGD thread as well. Not to hijack but I picked up a 2015 CP JM 2 days ago because the price was too good to pass up.

    I agree it feels huge. I have been reading that they didn’t switch to Pau Ferro until last year so I think it’s still rosewood. Yours should definitely be RW.

    It seems well made and fun to play. The grain is impressive on mine and yours.

    Here it is with a MIM strat 20 years its senior. IMG_5880.JPG IMG_5881.JPG
     
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  4. Rayf_Brogan

    Rayf_Brogan Tele-Meister

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    Very cool. Yeah, the Pau Ferro must have been swapped in a year or so ago with the new regulations. I am not a fan of those at all, so I'm glad I could snage a rosewood fretboard JM. I'd be surprised if we saw a rise in values for RW guitars, but you never know.
     

  5. maloburro

    maloburro Tele-Holic

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    To be honest I haven’t tried one so my only experience is RW vs maple. I mostly don’t like RW fretboard strats so this is kind of a nice change.
     

  6. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 10, 2003
    Near Milwaukee
    That's a beauty! Congratulations.
     
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  7. chris m.

    chris m. Poster Extraordinaire

    I have a black one— excellent 100% stock. The pickups are more like P90s than true JM pickups but I find them to work really well for me. I don’t like really bright pickups, anyway. These are still bright, but without being piercing.
     
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  8. cyclopean

    cyclopean Friend of Leo's

    Aug 14, 2009
    innsmouth, MA
    supposedly those pickups are basically strat pickups in jazzmaster pickup housings and don't really sound that much like jazzmaster pickups.
     

  9. Sconnie

    Sconnie Tele-Afflicted

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    wowza that's gorgeous! really nice case too!

    Congrats and shred it!
     
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  10. beyer160

    beyer160 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 11, 2010
    On Location
    You're probably thinking of the MIJ Jazzmaster pickups, which are as you describe and sound absolutely awful with the Jazzmaster's 1M pots. The MIM Classic Player pickups are basically P90s and sound great, albeit different from traditional JM pickups.
     
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  11. DavidP

    DavidP Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    Vancouver, BC
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  12. Rayf_Brogan

    Rayf_Brogan Tele-Meister

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    I'm not surprised at that theory. I felt like I was plugepl into a giant Strat the first time I played it.
     

  13. Nick Fanis

    Nick Fanis Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 3, 2003
    Athens-GREECE
    These are great guitars,their pickups don't sound like strat pickups,the MIJ JM dο, they are in fact low output P90s.
     
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  14. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Apr 2, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Congrats on the JM, grain looks great! I like the necks on a lot of these.

    Also another +1 on CPs being P90-style, just like the J. Mascis pickups.
     

  15. chris m.

    chris m. Poster Extraordinaire

    No doubt at all on the pickups. I installed a treble bleed on mine and the pickup construction was quite visible. Bar magnet, single coil. Much like a P90 but wider and shallower windings which alters tone slightly. I’ve seen photos of the MIJ ones and they look just like Strat pickups with a huge cover put over them for cosmetics. Totally different.
     

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