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AAT65

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For the last few months I’ve had a Boss GP-10 and a couple of my guitars have been equipped with GK-3 hex pickups to get the full use of it (alternate tunings, 12-string, steel- and nylon-string acoustic modelling, piano(ish) and organ sounds, synth sounds either pleasant, unpleasant or entertaining). One of my favourite guitars for this is the Jazzmaster because (a) the trem gives nice options and (b) I like the cognitive disconnect of a super trad Jazzmaster with a synth interface.
Initially the controller was just clamped on and the pickup fixed with double-sided tape but I now have a robust but fully reversible installation: a custom aluminium scratchplate.
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The scratchplate is dark bronze anodised aluminium from Tiny Tone, who did a great job. And as a bonus they etched my band logo on it for a moderate fee.
 
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AAT65

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For the last few months I’ve had a Boss GP-10 and a couple of my guitars have been equipped with GK-3 hex pickups to get the full use of it (alternate tunings, 12-string, steel- and nylon-string acoustic modelling, piano(ish) and organ sounds, synth sounds either pleasant, unpleasant or entertaining). One of my favourite guitars for this is the Jazzmaster because (a) the trem gives nice options and (b) I like the cognitive disconnect of a super trad Jazzmaster with a synth interface.
Initially the controller was just clamped on and the pickup fixed with double-sided tape but I now have a robust but fully reversible installation: a custom aluminium scratchplate.
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The scratchplate is dark bronze anodised aluminium from Tiny Tone, who did a great job. And as a bonus they etched my band logo on it for a moderate fee.
Here’s the scratchplate by itself showing the GK-3 mounting extension:
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Apart from the look and feel of the aluminium scratchplate I wanted to use aluminium so that the unsupported bit of scratchplate holding the GK-3 controller doesn’t flap about.
 

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I thought I'd post this just to alert anyone interested in the American Vintage II 1966 Jazzmaster. I've watched enough of Michael Adams' YT channel to take what he says seriously. I think he knows his stuff. It seems advisable for anyone who's thinking of buying at least to play and inspect the one you're going to take home.

I've glad I got my AO.
 

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I have never played a Jazzmaster,so don't know what a true Jazzmaster sound is, but I got this American Pro
last week and like it....a lot.
The Tele has gone on the back burner.

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Well, my first impression of a Jazzmaster sound is, it’s maybe more like a Strat(*) than a Tele but so much better than a Strat.
If you have the 1M pots you probably need to keep the tone rolled back, as there is more treble than is usually necessary, but there’s more mid-range heft to the tone than a Strat has.

* Edited to clarify - a Strat with only 2 pickups, that is!
 
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What bridge configuration works best on a Jazzmaster? Thanks in advance. Here's a picture of mine.
 

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AAT65

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What bridge configuration works best on a Jazzmaster? Thanks in advance.
The original bridge works perfectly well if you have a decent neck angle and play 10s or heavier, IME.
The only change I made from the AO standard bridge was I changed to a Mustang-style bridge (but with 9.5” radius to match the AO fingerboard). I didn’t do that for the deep single string grooves but because its fixed saddles don’t need height adjustment. However I might switch back… because I’d like a little more flexibility on the height adjustment! This time though I will put some threadlok or nail varnish on the screws so they don’t wander downwards over time (which I found the B-string was prone to).
 

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What bridge configuration works best on a Jazzmaster? Thanks in advance.
Yes, what AAT65 said. I've had no problems with my AO standard bridge and using 11s, with no need yet for Loctite. I've used a Staytrem very happily on a Squier VM and bought another when I got my AO, but haven't used it. Correct set up is quite important.

Have a browse through this thread - you'll find loads more opinions and information on bridges and general set up. Look for articles by Michael J Adams and his YouTube ( as "puisheen").

PS. Probably someone will mention Mastery bridges. I find them a bit of an eyesore and out of place on the rather svelte JM and for another mega expensive alternative to standard I'd rather have a Descendant

 
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Lef T

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I have to confess that my new lefty American Pro Jazzmaster is now my number one.
I have a 2016 Am Standard Tele that has been my sole electric since new, but I have to
say the Jazzmaster is my go to now.
I really like the deep C neck on the Jazzmaster.
The regular C neck on my Tele seems small now.
I like the trem bar too.
Gives me those nice subtle trem wavers.
I like everything about this Jazzmaster.
When I play it through my Swart STR Trem and crank the amp up, the pickups have a nicer breakup
than my Tele with the Twisted Tele pickups.
Sorry Tele.
I think I've crossed over to being a Jazzmaster guy.
 

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I have to confess that my new lefty American Pro Jazzmaster is now my number one.
I have a 2016 Am Standard Tele that has been my sole electric since new, but I have to
say the Jazzmaster is my go to now.
I really like the deep C neck on the Jazzmaster.
The regular C neck on my Tele seems small now.
I like the trem bar too.
Gives me those nice subtle trem wavers.
I like everything about this Jazzmaster.
When I play it through my Swart STR Trem and crank the amp up, the pickups have a nicer breakup
than my Tele with the Twisted Tele pickups.
Sorry Tele.
I think I've crossed over to being a Jazzmaster guy.
Is the Am Pro I or II? I’ve thought of selling a couple of guitars to upgrade my CV to an American JM.
 

beyer160

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Is the Am Pro I or II? I’ve thought of selling a couple of guitars to upgrade my CV to an American JM.
Keep an eye out for the MIM '60s Classic Lacquer (predecessor to the Vintera line). They're basically the AVRI '62 spec but made in Mexico. Mine has kept me from buying the AV65 and AO60s Jazzmasters, it's that good.
 




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