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Deep

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May 11th, 2016 11:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Been gassin for a Jazzmaster to play some vintage Surf tunes lately but can't justify getting a real Fender JM for this. So was interested in the J Mascis Squier JM. What are these guitars like? Tuning stability with the vibrato arm? Overall built quality. I quite like the cheesy looking gold ionized pickguard too. Please school me on these guitars.

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May 12th, 2016 01:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

100% go for it.

Pickups are a little towards P90 territory (turn down volume a bit to get them back to normal JM).

Tuning stability is ridiculously good, and the best-built Squier out there that I've seen.

No skunk stripe on the neck either (a peeve of mine on almost all the imports with RW boards).

I hate the color but love the guitar.

At the time it was the first offset Squier introduced and I was afraid it'd be the last so I grabbed one even though I'm a Jaguar/Mustang/Vi man mostly.

I do not regret for one minute that choice.

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May 12th, 2016 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had one for a short time. I really liked the generous neck. It was a respectable guitar, but my first ever offset and nothing to compare it to. Ultimately it didn't hold me and I recall not being pleased with the dramatic tone loss when rolling back the volume.

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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
May 12th, 2016 01:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice 2nd place to the Fender Jazzmaster.

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May 13th, 2016 08:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have one and I like it. I just recently came upon some Seymour Duncan Vintage pickups for it. I have not installed these yet. This is my one and only Jazzmaster. These seem to hold their value fairly well. As far as the gold pick guard goes, it was used on original 1958 Jazzmasters...

1958 Fender Jazzmaster

(This message was last edited by Grey Goose at 10:59 AM, May 13th, 2016)

Deep

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May 13th, 2016 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow that looks exactly like the Squier J Mascis!

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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Jun 16th, 2016 03:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They used better quality components in the J Mascis Jazzmaster than in typical Squiers

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Jun 18th, 2016 01:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They play very nicely and I would put them at the equivalent of MIM Fender for quality. I had one for about a year but sold it. A solid guitar and fun to play but not essential (for me.)

telegib

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Jun 21st, 2016 01:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I own the Squier JM Jazzmaster. I like it. The bridge is an improvement over the original style although there is some rattle in the bridge,probably the tension spring that holds the saddles in place. But I have that problem on much more expensive guitars.

The guitar is very well made and I love the look, color, neck smoothness, etc. Well worth the money if you wnat something different from a Strat or Tele.

The pickups are more mid voiced and muddier than standard JM or Jag pickups. Some describe them as sounding like P90's but I don't find them. They just got a different tone.

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Nov 23rd, 2016 06:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I quite like the cheesy looking gold ionized pickguard too."

"As far as the gold pick guard goes, it was used on original 1958 Jazzmasters..."

Yep, and my '59RI Thinskin JM has one, too (on a White Blonde ash body). Love it!

Other than seeing them in local shops, I don't have any experience with the J Mascis model, but I've heard/seen nothing but good things about them (as also seen here).

that gold guard look, again

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Mar 3rd, 2017 11:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There's a new Squier JM that's CAR with a gold guard and black pickup covers. It doesn't have his name on it but AFAIK it's specced like a J. Mascis model.

Bubbalou

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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Mar 16th, 2017 08:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I changed the pickguard from the gold anodized stock pickguard to a Fender Tort guard but it was thicker and not as much of the controls stuck out of the top plus the cutouts for the switches were very slightly off so I had to make a modification to the switch mounting plus had to had copper shielding to the bottom under the pickquard. I recommend leaving it alone.

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