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Thinking about jumping on the Jazzmaster bandwagon

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Rockdog, Apr 30, 2021.

  1. BamaSurf

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    I had a J Mascis Squier...sold it...missed it...bought a Squier Deluxe Jazzmaster...exact same specs as the Squier J Mascis except candy apple red...freakin excellent guitars with bite and smooth tones. The American pups are a bit tight in the pick guard and do not fit properly.
     

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  2. timbgtr

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    I chanced into a ‘64 JM probably 35 years ago, when they were relatively cheap—it was my first Fender. Four quick thoughts:

    1) I totally agree with others that if it doesn’t have the separate rhythm circuit, it’s not “really” a Jazzmaster. That’s a cool option to have.

    2) I don’t know if they vary, but the neck on mine is thin and very easy to play. Not everyone likes thin necks, but I’m delighted by mine.

    3) Don’t expect much out of the vibrato bar. It’s held in by only tension of some metal plates; it doesn’t even screw in like a Strat. When I wanted to tighten the plates to keep the bar from flopping around, I broke one of them, so it’s been vibratoless ever since. I don’t miss it.

    4) This is the main one. In my experience, those were far and away the noisiest single coils I’ve ever had, and I’ve had P-90s, Strats, and Teles. I finally this summer as a Covid lockdown project got some noiseless Kinman Surfmasters, which are fabulous—although not cheap.

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  3. skradlee

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    While I will certainly agree with anyone that says the J Mascis JM is a great guitar, and I personally love mine, I wouldn't necessarily say that they're the most authentic JM experience within that price range. The tune-o-matic, trem placement, and pickups are all different from a traditional Jazzmaster design. The Classic Vibe has specs that will give you the better idea if more expensive AVRI or real vintage options would ever be something to consider down the line.
     
  4. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Friend of Leo's

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    I love love love my classic player jazzmaster. I’ve gone a little mod-crazy on it lately just getting it to where I really want it. But out of the box it’s great. It, like some of the others talked about here comes stock with a p90 hybrid kind of pickup. Still sounds really nice, but a set of alnico rod pickups make a big difference.
     
  5. Rosewoodtele

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    Echoing others, but decide if you want a true vintage inspired JM or a more modern style.

    Everyone loves the Mascis but talks crap on the classic player (now vintera modified), when in fact they are pretty similar guitars.

    I have a classic player JM I really enjoy. It has the classic controls and look, but more of a tune o matic style bridge and hot p90 ish pickups.

    If I were buying new I would probably look at the CME exclusive ones that come with painted headstocks and pure vintage 65 pickups.
     
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  6. schoolie

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    I miss the days when everybody thought Jazzmasters were terrible, and the prices were affordable...but, yes. You should have one.
     
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    beyer160 Friend of Leo's

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    Oh, yeah... forget what I said earlier! The bridges are AWFUL!!!! Jazzmasters are totally UNPLAYABLE and the pickups sound like broken glass! Your only hope with a Jazzmaster is to spend about $1K in aftermarket mods and then MAYBE it'll be sort of OK. And don't even MENTION the 10,000 confusing switches! DON'T BUY THEM!!!!!!!
     
  8. sloppychops

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    Elvis says to go ahead and jump.
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  9. LOSTVENTURE

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    As far as the style is concerned, I prefer the Jaguar over the Jazzmaster, I've owned both and still have the Jag. But, I'm anxious to sit down with the new Pro 2 Jazzmaster when it hits town.
     
  10. richiek65

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    Forgot to mention in my earlier post :
    The Mascis has a Tune-o-matic bridge and a slightly forward placement of the trem, giving a sharper break angle. Helps with string stability in the saddles.
    As @skradlee mentioned, it takes away from the pure JM vibe, but they are amazing guitars (and pickups) in their own right, and a pickup swap to Pure Vintage 65s (rather cheap, actually) will get you a very good guitar with authentic JM tones, with possibly a better/easier bridge setup
     
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  11. 62 Jazzmaster

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    Here's a comparison of my Squier VMJM & J. Mascis Jazzmasters, showing the Trem moved closer to the bridge, for a better break angle:

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    Are those rosewood or Indian Laurel fretboards? They look nice and ark, not like the Indian Laurel you see on most of them now.
     
  13. 62 Jazzmaster

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    Yes, the original Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmasters had Rosewood fretboards. I got those about 10 years ago.
     
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    That JMJM neck is one of my favorites on any of my guitars.
     
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    Squier VMJM & JMJM necks:

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  16. TG

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    Just mentioning that Jazzmasters are longer than most guitars and don't fit in many electric guitar gigbags.


    Here's a good YouTube channel for Jazzmaster watching...

     
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    I bought a J Mascis to test the waters on Jazzmasters - thinking I might buy an AO or even a Custom Shop down the road.

    I've still got the J Mascis and am very happy with it. Not really gassing for a more expensive model.

    Cheers
     
  18. effzee

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    Here's some inspiration for you. One of my favorite YouTubers. He's a pretty little guy and the JM looks huge in his hands. But he's quite a player and does the instrument more then justice. Nicely informative, too

     
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    I'm in touch with one of the guitar specialists over at CME discussing the CME-exclusive Fender Player Jazzmaster in Ice Blue Metallic. Not only is that color stunning, but I like that it has the 4-way switch with series/parallel modes. I think I'm gonna pull the trigger on it, but it's currently out of stock until ~August. I've decided it's worth the wait!
     
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  20. Matthias

    Matthias Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    The Squiers are a total bargain.
     
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