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telewired

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Apr 3rd, 2015 12:02 PM        

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



MLC

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Apr 3rd, 2015 12:56 PM        

My Jazzmaster is one of my absolute favorite guitars.<br /> <br /> There are a LOT of sounds available with a JM.<br /> Yeah, it'll do surf-y-type stuff like nothing else can, but it also does so much more.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> Think Tele on steroids.<br /> <br /> 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).<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Did I mention how much I like this guitar?



telewired

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Apr 3rd, 2015 05:36 PM        

great----now I am on a search----to find a great deal on a jazzmaster---<br /> wish me luck--



reverendrob

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Apr 4th, 2015 09:44 AM        

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

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!



telegib



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Apr 29th, 2015 05:30 PM        

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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counting it all joy
Jun 3rd, 2015 06:02 PM        

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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Jun 22nd, 2015 04:06 PM        

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        

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



Bigfoot

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Jul 5th, 2015 02:12 PM        

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!



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Jul 7th, 2015 10:37 AM        

Yeah, the middle position with those 2 big single-coils IS pretty sweet.<br /> <br /> My Thinskin will be hitting the stage this weekend.<br /> 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        

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

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.



Hammond101

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Jul 21st, 2015 04:35 PM        

Thanks Charlie. That was a treat!



Bubbalou

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Jul 22nd, 2015 09:35 PM        

Yes it was Charlie! Thanks



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