Although it's already been covered, I'll add my voice to the throng as a piece of general advice to whoever is reading this - only ever sell a guitar you really like if you absolutely have to, for the money. Never to buy another guitar.
I'm sure I'm not alone in regretting many impulsive guitar sales.
Forget all the videos, and who played what, and sit down with the guitar you connect to the most.There’s a video on YouTube (might even be the same guy, but sure) titles something like “What is a Jazzmaster for?” that showcases a lot of what a JM can do, including soul/R&B stuff.
Only ever sell a guitar you really like if you absolutely have to, for the money. Never to buy another guitar.
Fair point, can't completely disagreeI think it makes sense for the OP to keep his JM. But selling one instrument to buy another seems, in general, perfectly reasonable to me. I understand the idea of seller's remorse. My own experience, however, is that I end up playing one acoustic and one electric most of the time. It's fun to switch things up, but less fun than just playing guitar. I like the "One in, one out" rule that many people have. Money is one reason, space is another. I believe there are spiritual reasons too, but will leave it at that. If anyone's curious, this article is a starting point: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/03/why-we-are-never-satisfied-happiness/621304/
Great points. There are perceived alignments between genres and certain guitar models, but these are fairly arbitrary. Jazzmasters are great guitars, and useful in many areas, including, BTW, Jazz. They actually sound pretty good for Jazz, but they also have a twang that strikes me as unique. Between the extremes of the Jazzmaster’s abilities, lies a lot of ground, and the ability to adapt to a lot of musical styles.Keep the JM and find the best tone for what you’re playing and run with it. Same for your Telecasters and your G&L. Find the best tone for each guitar. They won’t sound the same. The settings will be different. A good equalizer like a BOSS EQ-200 will help. But there’s no one right tone for any genre. There are many of them, especially for older musical styles where the guitarist played the guitar he had into the amp that was available. You don’t need a Telecaster for country, a LP for classic rock, or a Gretsch for rock-a-billy. Find a good tone and play your instrument well and it won’t only sound right. It will be right.
I like the tool analogy. Every guitar is like a tool. Some are very specialized, and others are anything but specialized. Each has its use. Having a variety of tools, is usually advantageous.Agree with the others - don't sell Jazzmaster! You can play your style with anything and a JM is a great tool to have in your kit vs. just another Tele type which you frankly seem to have covered.
In other words, your current tool belt has 3 hammers (your T types) and a mallet (your JM), and you seem to want to add another hammer by getting rid of the mallet! DONT. You'll regret it. Save up for the extra hammer if you think you need it.