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Charlie Macon
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Sep 30th, 2014 11:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Motivated after hearing one of the nicest guitar sounds in my life last week (Norah Jones' guitarist playing a Jazzmaster through a Princeton Reverb....I believe his name is Jason Abraham Roberts), I just tried out my first Fender Jazzmaster. It's one of those $799 deals at Guitar Center.

What a gorgeous sound! I tried it through a Princeton Reverb and a SuperSonic 22. I obviously would never use the 'muted setting' on the guitar but was smitten by the 'regular setting.' Especially the middle position, with both pickups going. I could hear that special warm frequency unlike what I would get from a Tele or Strat. I was clumsy on the narrow neck, but could get used to that. What a gem of a sound.

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Sep 30th, 2014 12:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just played a gig last weekend with my Thinskin Jazzmaster plugged into my '68 Deluxe Reverb.

Tone from the heavens.

I've been using my Tele's a LOT, lately - and loving them. But the JM was a beautiful change of pace.

Nothing else sounds like it.
Maybe the best rhythm guitar tones,... ever.

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Sep 30th, 2014 02:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The rhythm circuit on a Jazz/Jag is an acquired taste and something you pull out as a sometimes treat - but when you need it, you need it.

Charlie Macon
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Sep 30th, 2014 05:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What do you folks use the rhythm channel on.....whacka-whacka chords? Jazz applications? I'm so stuck on 'shrill' as my preferred tone that I'm clueless what to do otherwise, but I need to learn.

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Oct 1st, 2014 06:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Actually, I use both pickups together for most of my rhythm playing.

I never "acquired the taste" for the stock rhythm circuit - in fact, I turned mine into a "lead circuit.
I rewired that upper slider position to route the neck pickup directly to the output jack, bypassing the volume and tone controls. So it's more like built-in boost, now.

I also put 250K pots in the "normal" circuit, which warmed things up a bit. Still got all the jangle I want, but nothing shrill in there.

And did I mention how much I like this guitar?

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Oct 1st, 2014 07:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I play in a three piece with no bass (two guitars and drums) and the rhythm setting is pretty much all i use. mind you i play it through a vibro-king so the tens counter act the muted section with the heave flat wounds. people always start off by asking "why no bass?" and then after we play they comment that no bass is needed (we fill all spaces and spectrums). so i am using that pretty exclusively with my thin skin jag.

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Oct 1st, 2014 08:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's good for a more mellow jazz-type thing, or to cut down something that's a little too shrill (or just let you reign back the nasty for a minute to give a breather before you come back in).

Don't get me wrong, I use that circuit far more on a Jag where the differences are much more significant - but it's still something I reach for on the JM when I play it.

Charlie Macon
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Oct 1st, 2014 05:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great info, thanks folks. I'm gonna goad my brother into trying one as well. He was smitten with that Norah Jones performance link.

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Oct 1st, 2014 05:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And of course, Television's "Marquee Moon" is solid Jazzmasters through Super Reverbs. A classic guitar album.

(This message was last edited by Charlie Macon at 07:15 PM, Oct 1st, 2014)

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Oct 2nd, 2014 07:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been seeing Jazzmasters - and some Jaguars - showing up in a lot of newer music.
I know Nels Cline, of Wilco fame, uses his a lot.
I see Ryan Adams and his band using them quite often.
I've also seen quite a few newer bands on the Letterman stage with them.

it's not just for surf

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Oct 23rd, 2014 09:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I often use the "rhythm" circuit like it was designed for - use it when backing a vocalist or another lead instrument, and switch to the normal circuit when playing a lead break. I think my favorite thing about the JM is the clarity of the tone produced by those p-90 type pickups.

(This message was last edited by caseycash at 11:21 PM, Oct 23rd, 2014)

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Nov 12th, 2014 05:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have one I built. I used the Fender standard Jazzmaster pickups in it, and simified the controls by having a three-way pickup selector and a single volume and tone.

Just like a Tele, actually, but with a Switchcraft Les Paul style switch. The guitar is a peach of a tone machine. I find I use the middle position the most: big, round, meaty notes with plenty of top-end sparkle. No other guitar can do that.

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Nov 13th, 2014 01:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"No other guitar can do that."

Truer words have never been spoken. I play my JM mostly for surf as I have it set up with flat 12s. A very nice tone.

I also have a Fender Offset Special (a thinline offset Strat basically) that I ripped the stock stacked P90 buckers out of and put in a set of Duncan Antiquities. Wow, I enjoy playing everything on this guitar. It is set up with round 10s and just kicks butt with everything I throw at it.


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Nov 15th, 2014 08:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The middle/bridge portion of this tune is the Jazzmaster.

Big, bright tone

yellowrubberduck

Vancouver, Canada

Nov 17th, 2014 11:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"No other guitar can do that."

so true...

i've been wanting a Jazzmaster for a few years. I had a black top JM for a bit... it was ok. but i sold it.

then i saw this (below) in a youtube vid. i bought one this summer. it is very possibly the best guitar i've played / owned (for me).

the tone is amazing, and the responsiveness just works for me. it all really just clicked with this guitar.

I love strats, but a few years ago i got into Gretsch and then a DiPinto Galaxy 4.

i think i've finally found the right guitar for me. ...well for now anyway.



Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster

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Nov 17th, 2014 04:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That is a beautiful JM. Jazz players were not ready for a solidbody guitar when Leo and company first cranked 'em out.

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