Wondering if more people play rock on a jazzmaster than jazz.

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  1. 3-Chord-Genius

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    Just wondering. Same thing with the Jazz Bass.
     
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    I think yes. To both.
    The P-bass seems to be a lot more popular in both realms anyway. And I don't see a ton of jazz guitar players that play Fenders at all, let alone Jazzmasters.
     
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    There are almost no jazz players who use a Jazzmaster.
     
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    Jazzmaster = Surf
     
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    More people play rock, period. I actually find it quite rare to see any jazz player on a jazzmaster.
     
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    Despite its name, I don't think it caught on much with the genre.
    Like, at all.

    Elvis Costello's wife is a jazz pianist. This is as close I've ever known a Jazzmaster to a Jazz musician. And he doesn't even seem to favor jazzmaster anymore.
     
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    I’ve never seen jazz players use a jazz master. Nearly always a hollow body, sometimes a 335 or 339 style, once in a great while a Strat or Tele.
     
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    I’ve only seen Joe Pass play one for jazz and that was because Fender gave him one free. I really like mine cleanish with trem reverb and delay such a great twangy dreamy tone.
     
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    There's a huge thread on one of the jazz guitar forums about how great Teles are. I think they're more used in jazz than Jazzmasters are.

    Though I'm pretty sure Bill Frisell has used a Jazzmaster.
     
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    +1 hollow body like 335 for jazz, if you're serious about jazz. Sometimes a Tele, if you're more serious about jazz.

    Jazzmasters were not taken up by jazz players. They were expensive. Surf players picked them up. Then the Beatles hit and Surf disappeared. Dumped in pawn shops for years they languished until the price got cheap enough the punk and alternative/shoe gaze/heavy fuzz players picked them up. J Masics said his first Jazzmaster was a result of a Strat for sale at the local music store for just under the cash he had, he went down there and the Strat was a bait and switch thing, so he bought this Jazzmaster that was in the shop for a little less than the cash he had on him.

    Now Indie bands are playing Teles and Offsets because they are cool, retro, ironic, and flexible. They don't want to play their father's Strat... or shreddy Ibanez things.

    With that demand, Jazzmasters are no longer inexpensive.

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    I've never heard anyone play Jazz on a Jazzmaster. Surf Rock, Rock & Roll, Punk Rock, Grunge, etc. but no Jazz whatsoever. The Fender Jazzmaster might be the most misnamed electric guitar ever designed.
     
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    I’ve seen jazz players who made me wish they had no specific instrument whatsoever.
     
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    About the same amount of people who play bass through a Bassman amp. They're just names.
     
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    I have a Squier Deluxe JM and play mostly rock on it. It's great for crispy clean tones and also pretty good for crunchy rock although one might want to dial down the tone control occasionally. On mine the tone control starts doing something around "3". Someone suggested putting in lower value pots, which I might do, but no hurry. Today I will play some jazz on it. I will be the Master!

    How about the Rockman?
    a) Are any still in existence?
    b) Does anyone play jazz with one?

    Speaking of which, I recently saw a Boss or Roland demo featuring Thomas McRocklin, who gained some fame as an 8 year old endorsee of Rockman products back in the late 80's or so. Always wondered what became of that lil whippersnapper.
     
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    Or falls on you, like “Physics” ;D
     
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