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NGD - MJT content, also help needed

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Crawldaddy, Sep 11, 2020.

  1. Crawldaddy

    Crawldaddy Tele-Holic

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    Hello all!

    I just acquired this MJT Telemaster build off my local classifieds:

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    Here are some specs based on information from previous owners:

    MJT maple neck w/ rosewood board
    Shallow V profile, 0.85" - 0.95" thickness at 1st and 12th fret respectively
    MJT swamp ash body - closet classic nitro black, 4 pounds 9 ounces
    Stainless Steel medium jumbo frets
    TUSQ nut
    Gotoh locking tuners
    Seymour Duncan Antiquity Tele pickup set
    CTS pots, switch and output jack

    I've been able to verify all of the above; the neck and body are both stamped with the usual MJT markings.

    My only question is, what's up with that logo? I've seen some MJT headstock logos, but have never seen such a comical-looking one before? I don't mind it, especially since it appears to have been lacquered over.

    In any case, this guitar is lovely to play and sounds great. Even though the body is a little heavier than what I'd normally go for, it's not a heavy guitar by any means.
     
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  2. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Looks great, I like it, congrats.

    The headstock decal looks like it’s on top of the lacquer to me, but of course the guitar is not in front of me. It might have a sealer coat but it doesn’t appear to be what I would call ‘buried’.

    I get the decal—it’s a mashup with a traditional Jazzmaster headstock logo, with spaghetti type effect on the “MJT”. Seriously, looks like the actual noodle, it’s so thin. I guess since its all caps it gives that Comic Sans vibe.
     
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  3. brookdalebill

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    Cool!
     
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  4. Fretting out

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    Cool

    Could be the owner did the logo?

    That’s like mjt history there as I don’t think they use the fender shapes anymore

    I may be wrong but from my understanding the bodies and necks were provided by usacg

    I even read some lore on the offset forum that the jazzmaster body’s they use are direct copies of a 59
     
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  5. Crawldaddy

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    Yeah having spent some time with it since last night, I daresay it's kind of over some finish, but a final flash coat has been sprayed over, locking it in.

    I did feel like it is comic sans that has been modified to be a little more stylised. However, I do dig the current MJT logo in equal measure.
     
  6. Crawldaddy

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    I did think like this is probably one of the earlier MJT bodies and necks that they put out, given how both the logo and headstock shape are rather different to what they put out these days.

    In terms of USACG, I think historically MJT have sourced their bodies from various sources, namely USACG and Wildwood manufacturing. Since earlier this year when they bought over USACG, they have definitely been producing more stuff on their ebay that is USACG, which is easy to tell not just from the product description, but seeing how the Wildwood bodies have that "Fullerton carve" where the belly cut meeting the top forearm contour is a lot more sleek and curvaceous.

    I much prefer the Wildwood bodies, even though the USACG stuff could be historically more accurate.
     
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  7. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Friend of Leo's

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    way cool guitar, logo included!
     
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  8. 68tele

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    Why not ask MJT directly about the logo?
     
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    I've emailed MJT a few times. They're always very friendly and helpful. Cool guitar.
     
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  10. BorderRadio

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    ‘58 to ‘61 JM
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  11. Old Plank

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    Very cool, enjoy it!
     
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  12. Fender-guy

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    Cool guitar!!! Funny how you too noticed the body contour between Wildwood and USACG. I always have a few of the Strat bodies in my watch list and have noticed when it says “from our sister company” the contours are more squared off around the forearm contour.
     
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    The neck won't be USACG, unless it has been reshaped. They have always only done their just-different-enough-to-avoid-a-lawsuit shapes.

    I'm pretty positive that decal was added after the fact. Can't say I'm a fan, but that's a sweet guitar. Very tastefully done.

    And I'm with you guys on the Wildwood bodies. I have two of their Strat bodies now, and the contours are deeeeeep.
     
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  14. Alcohen

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    Really like that guitar! Nice find. As my mother would have said, play it in good health.
     
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  15. Crawldaddy

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    Indeed. I mean, I have a 1990 Fender USA Vintage Reissue '57 model and the body contours are pretty much like what the USACG stuff looks like, so who am I to say that one is "better" than the other, apart from my own personal preference?

    I too, also tend to keep an eye out for the wildwood bodies, but I notice that those do tend to have pretty extreme relic finishes. I just prefer closet classic or less crazy stuff when it comes to "relic" finishes.
     
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    Very :cool:. Congratulations.
     
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  17. oldgofaster

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    Wow, nice score! That is beautiful. SS frets should be state law.

    Enjoy!
     
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  18. Fender-guy

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    I think the Wildwood bodies were painted awhile ago because the newer bodies don’t seem to have a heavy relic.

    I also noticed that the finishes are thinner, like you can see the nitro already sinking in the grain which I really like.
     
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    Cool! I thought I was the only one who noticed the difference since they acquired USAGC. The Wildwood bodies are
    much nicer looking, especially the strats.
     
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  20. Piotr

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    That dull nitro look is what it's all about to me. Fretboard without the markers nicely matches the rest. It's a nice one!
     
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