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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Jaguars & Jazzmasters / Tell me about the Jazzmaster---

telewired
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Apr 3rd, 2015 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have teles and strats and other guitars but no Jazzmasters--
what is it that makes them different---
can they give up a nice woody round warm sound----


MLC
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Apr 3rd, 2015 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Jazzmaster is one of my absolute favorite guitars.

There are a LOT of sounds available with a JM.
Yeah, it'll do surf-y-type stuff like nothing else can, but it also does so much more.

One of the things I love about it is the clarity of notes. The big, single-coils are closer to P90's than your typical Fender pickup, but the guitar is a little cleaner and clearer than most P90 guitars I've played.
Think Tele on steroids.

And, yes, there are warm, woody tones to be had. The neck pickup with the tone rolled back a bit is very sweet-sounding. And that's in "non rhythm mode" (i.e., slider switch down - with the 3-way selector active).

I REALLY love this guitar plugged into my Mission 5E3. Clear and clean with the volume backed off, but it'll really bark when you open it up.

Did I mention how much I like this guitar?

telewired
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Kansas City, Mo.

counting it all joy
Apr 3rd, 2015 05:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

great----now I am on a search----to find a great deal on a jazzmaster---
wish me luck--

reverendrob
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Apr 4th, 2015 09:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Big thing also is the bridge/trem outside the pickups and wiring.

A Jazzmaster doesn't sound like one without the big extra harp section behind the bridge, and all the sometimes unwanted resonance it brings.

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Apr 21st, 2015 10:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was just thinking about starting a thread named "What makes a JM a JM" so we're off to a good start. A guy I was in a high school band with had a nice one, It was left on a basement floor laying flat in its case when the floor flooded and drenched the bottom of the case, the sunburst finish was ruined but it got re-fined white. It was an early sixties Jassmaster and had a great neck!

(This message was last edited by scott-s at 12:54 AM, Apr 22nd, 2015)

telegib

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Apr 29th, 2015 05:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Jazzmaster sounds fatter than a Jaguar. I prefer the look of the Jag but prefer the tone and scale length of the JM.

telewired
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Kansas City, Mo.

counting it all joy
Jun 3rd, 2015 06:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got a great deal on a Classic Player and am learning about it--lots of controls---but I do like it--

Bubbalou
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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Jun 22nd, 2015 04:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I put Thomastik-Enfield George Benson .012 flats on mine. Sounded out of this world. I used .012's because it stayed in tune much better using the whammy bar

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Jul 4th, 2015 06:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The middle position of bridge and neck together gives a warm mid rich sound on my JM.

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Jul 5th, 2015 02:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I will likely end up with one because they are just a cool guitar with a sweet sound. I too like the middle position very well, like it has 2 bright humbuckers. Enjoy!

MLC
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Jul 7th, 2015 10:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, the middle position with those 2 big single-coils IS pretty sweet.

My Thinskin will be hitting the stage this weekend.
I've got it strung with a set of D'Addario Chrome Flats, right now ("XL" - 11 on the top).

Steve Dallman
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Jul 16th, 2015 10:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got a Jay Turser knockoff of a Fender Mustang that uses a Jazzmaster type vibrato.

That vibrato is indeed a BIG contributor to the tone. At higher volumes, especially with distortion or compression, the sympathetic, harp-like vibration of the strings is clearly audible, for good or bad. You won't get that added to the tone with a Strat or Tele, or even a Bigsby. Jangle like crazy on top of the tone.

Charlie Macon
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Jul 21st, 2015 12:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My fascination with the Jazzmaster was spawned when I saw this on TV last Fall. It's one of the most beautiful sounds I've ever heard from a guitar. Norah Jones and her band cover a George Harrison song.

Jazzmaster through Princeton Reverb

Hammond101
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So. Cal. USA

Jul 21st, 2015 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Charlie. That was a treat!

Bubbalou
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Jul 22nd, 2015 09:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes it was Charlie! Thanks

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