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NGD: Fender 60th Anniversary Jazzmaster

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Rayf_Brogan, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Rayf_Brogan

    Rayf_Brogan Tele-Meister

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    I love this guitar. I bought it used so it came set up and Pau Ferro board has been well oiled. I honestly don't have a single complaint. I did swap out the tort pickguard for a mint green one. Everything fit except the tone pot which was a struggle to get through. I think the MIM stuff uses the same general size as their American counterparts, but relies on the metric system. Everything seems to be 1mm bigger or smaller depending on the part. Just enough to be annoying, but with a little glue or elbow grease, you can make it work.

    I had a 60's Classic Lacquer JM last year and from what I can tell, the pickups in the 60th Anniversary sound the same. I suppose they're the same materials as the AV65 pickups but wound in Mexico so Fender re-branded them to avoid having two of the same pickups on the market with different country or origins.

    For anyone hesitating on these guitars because of the Pau Ferro board, I'd say it's a non issue. They get really dark once you oil them even though it looks kind of washed out in my pictures. My assumption is PF boards are naturally lighter than Rosewood and dry out faster. Rather than apply oil at the factory and have them turn lighter by the time they get to their final destination, Fender just relies on us to figure that part on our own. The only turn off for me is some of those Pau Ferro boards have that asymmetrical grain running down the middle of the fretboard. That's not nearly as noticeable once the board is oiled, but I can see that being a turnoff. Luckily, mine didn't have that.

    I also thought I'd miss the vintage style neck of the Classic 60's more, but this guitar is set up so well that it's more than comfortable to play and bending takes considerably less effort.

    All in all, great guitar if you find one gently used. IMG_20190211_095244.jpg IMG_20190211_095145.jpg IMG_20190211_095103.jpg
     
  2. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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  3. shupe13

    shupe13 Tele-Holic

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    Congrats!

    Sent from my REVVLPLUS C3701A using Tapatalk
     
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  4. jonnyfez

    jonnyfez Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Good call on the mint guard. Fiesta and mint...mmm...
     
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  5. Norris Vulcan

    Norris Vulcan Tele-Meister

    What surprised me when I got a JM is what a filthy rock guitar it is :D
    Wolf in sheep's clothing.
     
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  6. Rayf_Brogan

    Rayf_Brogan Tele-Meister

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    Yeah, I really wasn't expecting the balls this thing has. I figured I'd get some great cleans and surf rock novelty sounds, but that neck pickup gets pretty hairy.
     
  7. jonnyfez

    jonnyfez Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Such a versatile guitar - and mine actually twangs more than my tele.
     
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  8. Norris Vulcan

    Norris Vulcan Tele-Meister

    From Tom Verlaine to J Mascis, and all those in-between
     
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  9. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Friend of Leo's

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  10. Papapotrero

    Papapotrero TDPRI Member

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    That’s a beauty. I play teles and just decided about 48 hours ago that I should play surf music, so I’ve been googling tons of stuff about JMs (yes, I know a tele can play anything, but that trem and JM vibe would be a lot of fun). Any tips on models to check out or to avoid? There’s a MIJ one for sale over the place with a cool blue flower paint job that looks fun. In particular, it sort of has the “tele” specs I’m used to (bigger neck, curvier radius) but the JM vibe all the way. I guess you just bought the model that spoke to you the most, but what I’m asking is if I gave you a big budget and said pick up your three favorite JMs, which would they be? If you asked me the same questions about teles, I’d have a nauseatingly detailed answer, so hoping someone has that on JMs to scratch my itch. Thx!
     
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  11. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Friend of Leo's

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    I think the blue paisley is an MIJ, I played one a few weeks back, very impressive bit of kit imo.
     
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  12. Treynor

    Treynor Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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    Congrats on a great looking JM!
     
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  13. Kerberos

    Kerberos Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Love it!! That is a beauty! I have a 65 Reissue, and a 66 original. These are fantastic playing guitars. Good Luck!
     
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  14. Rayf_Brogan

    Rayf_Brogan Tele-Meister

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    The MIJ/CIJ guitars seem to be universally considered well made but it seems that the pots and pickups are not great. I did see those Paisley JMs on guitar center or musicians friend last week which is strange because they are MIJ. They look cool regardless. The pure vintage 65 JM pickups are the quintessential jazzmaster surf tone and you can pick those up for $80 bucks typically on eBay.

    I was in the same boat as you. I'm a Tele player first but I wanted a offset guitar. The JM seems to be much more versatile than a Jaguar or Mustang. Have you tried one out yet? The long scale actually threw me off the first time I picked one up, but I got used to it. I actually find myself playing country music with it.

    The surf green 60s classic laquer is a great guitar if you like the color. I wasn't crazy about it so I sold mine and grabbed the 60th anniversary model. I've softened up my stance on US vs MIM guitars over the last couple years. The quality is great and the finish feels so much nicer than my US Poly guitars. I think I'm sold on Nitro going forward.

    Lastly, while the 9.5 radius on the 60th anniversary is perfectly fine, I don't plan on shredding and doing crazy bends on a Jazzmaster. I would prefer the 7.25 radius since chords just feel better to me that way but you can't get everything. Fender marketing saw to that. The 60s lacquer has a 7.25 fretboard radius.
     
  15. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

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    That looks nice. There are a lot of good sounds in a Jazzmaster. Wasn't the riff on "Pretty Woman" done on a Jazzmaster?

    My first good guitar was a JM. I ran it into a Maestro Fuzz Tone and then a Fender BF Bassman amp and played Cream covers. :D It served me well until I traded it for a Les Paul.
     
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  16. Rayf_Brogan

    Rayf_Brogan Tele-Meister

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    I almost pulled the trigger on a AV65 but chickened out because it was too expensive. They are beautiful.
     
  17. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    Nice, looks much better with mint BTW. Enjoy!
     
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