NGD - J Mascis Telecaster - SPARKLE!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Ivan, Jul 22, 2021 at 8:12 AM.

  1. Ivan

    Ivan Tele-Holic

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    I don't really know J Mascis beyond a single song but I couldn't say no to the sparkle blue body!

    I am in the UK so this cost me a staggering £1,219.
    That's the most I've ever paid for a telecaster but luckily I have no regrets.

    The neck is road worn which I normally wouldn't consider as I don't like the look of fake wear and the logic of ageing. However, I have to admit it's a great feeling neck - very smooth and a profile that's on the thinner side. It apparently has jumbo frets but they feel more like medium jumbos to me.

    Out of the box, the neck relief is .010 inches at the 8th fret.
    String height over the 12th is .070 on the low E and .060 on the high e.
    Measurements are a little higher than what I'd like but I wouldn't have noticed. The guitar plays very smoothly probably due to the neck and frets.

    The only issue is that the nut hasn't been cut well for the A and D strings. They're either too wide or not seated properly. I'll fix this myself later.

    All metal hardware and the mirror pickguard are aged too. Only the body is in "new" condition.

    As for the top loader, I've never owned one and was eager to try it.
    The result: I can't tell a difference between top-loading and string-though. It feels and sounds the same to me. I've read online that top loaders make the strings feel looser but there's no way I could pick this out in a blind test

    I really like the pick-ups especially the bridge. Tight bass and bright but not sharp on the highs. There's a lot of presence and upper mids to it.

    The only mod I'll do to this is replacing the mirror pickguard with something more traditional.
    (Any suggestions? I was thinking just a white or parchment 3 ply).

    Photos are hard to do justice to the blue sparkle as they all come out darker.
    The first photo is the closest to what it's like despite being an out of focus image. The blue is lighter and more vivid with a slight turquoise hue.


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  2. donrichfan

    donrichfan Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    Cool guitar! I agree with your mod decision. I’d probably put a single ply white guard on it... or maybe a lighter colored tortoise. Congrats!
     
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  3. naveed211

    naveed211 Friend of Leo's

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    Yup, my first thought was to slap a white guard on that and it’d look awesome.

    I don’t associate that player with a Telecaster, but far be it from me to stop a grunge icon from a cash grab. It looks like a really great Tele in its own right.
     
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  4. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Holy [expletive] that is pretty!
     
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  5. ReverendRevolver

    ReverendRevolver Friend of Leo's

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    That's a great looking guitar. Quite pricey, but that blue sparkle is fantastic.

    I agree with the pickgaurd swap.

    Congratulations!
     
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  6. Despres

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    I dig it - but now that you have the guitar, you should really check out more J Mascis!
     
  7. mimmo

    mimmo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Usually I am not into blue guitars, but that's a real beauty! Congratulations!
     
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  8. Dana Rudd

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    Congrats, that is a great color. Enjoy!
     
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  9. olewaylonfan74

    olewaylonfan74 Tele-Meister

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    What a beauty!
     
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    Bellacaster Tele-Afflicted

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    I had no idea this existed. Wow! Looks great.
     
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  11. John C

    John C Friend of Leo's

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    Nice! Great photos; looks prettier in your photos than on Fender's website (or dealer websites).
     
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  12. AviA

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    Congrats on a really beautiful guitar!!

    Now I must ask, what's the story of J Mascis?
    First time I heard his name was ~2 weeks ago and I really tried hard to watch at least five videos of him on YT, but I can't figure how he has been able to come to such a Celeb status?
     
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    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Congrats.
     
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    beautiful!
    Try mint green pickguard.

    Also, what is on hte neck plate? Almost looks like htey put hte serial number on it.
     
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  15. Ivan

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    Yes it's the serial number engraved with a sticker below that says "made in Mexico".
    I guess they didn't want to put it on the back of the headstock?
     
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    Mint green guard......would look yummy.
     
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    backporchmusic Poster Extraordinaire

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    He's an important figure in American guitar based indie rock from the 80-90s.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur_Jr.

    His Squier Jazzmaster signature model is one of the best things Squier ever made.
     
  18. scelestus

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    I think he's also one of the guys that cemented vintage Jazzmasters as worth something, too. They were way less desirable than Strats and Teles in the 80s and 90s, and alt rock peeps snapped em up. In those circles he is well regarded, so I think a sig is appropriate.

    He apparently sometimes uses Teles in the studio and Fender isn't going to outdo the purple sparkle Fender or the Squier signature Jazzmasters, so a signature Tele is a good choice if they want to keep him on board.
     
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    Neato!
     
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    Sweet!
     
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