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Very interesting! got any details on it? also Nice amp! got any more gear shots?

Thanks! The guitar: -Fender Mexico Strat neck -Warmoth body, Lake Placid Blue -RS electronics -GFS P-90s -3-way switching(Switchcraft) with master volume/tone The amp is a 1971/72 Hiwatt Custom

Here is my 1959 Jazzmaster I keep it in the closet as I never learned how to play a guitar. All original

Hi Folks, thanks for the great comments on the '62. I have many guitars but had never played a Jazzmaster. I have been into Nels Cline a few years now so its been on my mind to maybe get one. I walked into our local shop last week, Guitar Resurrection here in Austin, and saw this beat up Fender case sitting there and asked to open it up. The guitar had recently been sold to them by a gentleman who said it belonged to his father who played it many years in a small country act. The guitar was grimy and the crud buildup was still on the back of the neck. Had that old sweaty smell too. Because of the wear it was priced lower than anything else I've seen. But the body was extremely resonant and with a very strong emphasis in the mids. It looked amazing and apparent someone played the heck out of this guitar. It seems like the best ones are the ones that are beat up the most. The neck was dead straight, but the pickguard was shrunken in a few places and the trem bar was locked in. They took it apart and cleaned it up a bit and straightened the pup mounting. The shrinking guard caused the pickups to shift diagonally. The neck date was partially worn away but what was left indicated a '62. Everything else checked out as original except for the bridge pup which is an old Duncan. Both pups sound great and balance well. I took it out and played it Friday night with my Divided by 13 JRT 9/15 and the guitar was amazing. There was no fighting to hold back the highs, the guitar rang with a bit of springy reverb from the string length behind the bridge. The trebles weren't harsh or thin but clear and thick and ringing. The guitar tech there, Dave, has worked on Jazzmasters for many years so he knew how to set up the bridge. The guitar stayed in tune and the strings stayed in place. The extra string length also added a easy looseness to the action. The frets are pretty low but I soon got used to it. There is a great natural compression to the notes when picked. I had been told not to expect these guitars to distort well but with my pedalboard made up of BJF pedals the guitar could scream when I wanted it to. Even minor 7th chords rang clearly when in overdrive. When I dropped the volume down and went to the neck pup there was that nice Fender clean tone with a woody overtone. We have a lot of stage lighting at the church I play at and the pups picked it up a bit but I would turn the volume to 8 and it was quiet. It's very light and comfortable to play and I was sold on it. And frankly amazed at how enjoyable it was to play. I now understand why folks like good old guitars. And made me re-assess all the expensive old ones I own. Pretty much had it in my hands the rest of the weekend and now am trying to unload a Tophat Supreme 16 to help finish paying it off. Unfortunately I am now on a mission to get a couple more, but thats for another day. Just an amazing experience.

A couple of more pics from at the shop.

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Sorry to ramble on but it really was eye opening. I wish I had done this years ago.

Best!

AlanB

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Hi Folks, thanks for the great comments on the '62. I have many guitars but had never played a Jazzmaster. I have been into Nels Cline a few years now so its been on my mind to maybe get one. I walked into our local shop last week, Guitar Resurrection here in Austin, and saw this beat up Fender case sitting there and asked to open it up. The guitar had recently been sold to them by a gentleman who said it belonged to his father who played it many years in a small country act. The guitar was grimy and the crud buildup was still on the back of the neck. Had that old sweaty smell too. Because of the wear it was priced lower than anything else I've seen. But the body was extremely resonant and with a very strong emphasis in the mids. It looked amazing and apparent someone played the heck out of this guitar. It seems like the best ones are the ones that are beat up the most. The neck was dead straight, but the pickguard was shrunken in a few places and the trem bar was locked in. They took it apart and cleaned it up a bit and straightened the pup mounting. The shrinking guard caused the pickups to shift diagonally. The neck date was partially worn away but what was left indicated a '62. Everything else checked out as original except for the bridge pup which is an old Duncan. Both pups sound great and balance well. I took it out and played it Friday night with my Divided by 13 JRT 9/15 and the guitar was amazing. There was no fighting to hold back the highs, the guitar rang with a bit of springy reverb from the string length behind the bridge. The trebles weren't harsh or thin but clear and thick and ringing. The guitar tech there, Dave, has worked on Jazzmasters for many years so he knew how to set up the bridge. The guitar stayed in tune and the strings stayed in place. The extra string length also added a easy looseness to the action. The frets are pretty low but I soon got used to it. There is a great natural compression to the notes when picked. I had been told not to expect these guitars to distort well but with my pedalboard made up of BJF pedals the guitar could scream when I wanted it to. Even minor 7th chords rang clearly when in overdrive. When I dropped the volume down and went to the neck pup there was that nice Fender clean tone with a woody overtone. We have a lot of stage lighting at the church I play at and the pups picked it up a bit but I would turn the volume to 8 and it was quiet. It's very light and comfortable to play and I was sold on it. And frankly amazed at how enjoyable it was to play. I now understand why folks like good old guitars. And made me re-assess all the expensive old ones I own. Pretty much had it in my hands the rest of the weekend and now am trying to unload a Tophat Supreme 16 to help finish paying it off. Unfortunately I am now on a mission to get a couple more, but thats for another day. Just an amazing experience.

A couple of more pics from at the shop.

Jazzy1.jpgJazzy2.jpg

photo-1.jpg

Sorry to ramble on but it really was eye opening. I wish I had done this years ago.

Best!

AlanB

yeah....great post!!!

thank you for sharing this with us.

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First of all, I can't figure out how to post pictures from Flickr, is this possible?

I'm a lucky bastard who found 2 pre-CBS Jazzmasters, though both have some issues which degraded their vintage-value (which is ok for me, and made them 'affordable').

First one is a '63 red one, no slab fretboard bu still with the black pickups.

I stayed in a music shop from the 70's until last year, and wasn't really used a lot as the shop owner is a bass player.

Unfortunately, it once was stolen by a bunch of junkies who got rid of the serial nr and most of the logo, in an attempt to make it untrackable.

Too bad for them, the shop owner knew some people that knew other people, and urged them to bring back his guitar, which they did.

By then, the vintage value was screwed up, but neck date and other things assured me it's a real '63.

It sounds great, especially with the mastery bridge installed.

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My other one is an even stranger story.

it was bought in '64 by the previous (first) owner, who used it for 5 years in a band, and then put it away in a room for about 40 years.

Needless to say, it feels brand new, but has the sound of an old one.

It' s a little more resonant than the red one, which has more paint on it.

Unfortunately, this guy's wife likes painting wood, so the took off the standard sunburst finish in the 60's, and painted en oiled it to what it is now.

I will have someone put some new nitro and a new decal on it once, but this is what it looks like now...:

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I have some rattling of the trem unit on the brown one, so if anyone knows about a trick get rid of it, feel free to help me out.

thanks!

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First of all, I can't figure out how to post pictures from Flickr, is this possible?

I'm a lucky bastard who found 2 pre-CBS Jazzmasters, though both have some issues which degraded their vintage-value (which is ok for me, and made them 'affordable').

First one is a '63 red one, no slab fretboard bu still with the black pickups.

I stayed in a music shop from the 70's until last year, and wasn't really used a lot as the shop owner is a bass player.

Unfortunately, it once was stolen by a bunch of junkies who got rid of the serial nr and most of the logo, in an attempt to make it untrackable.

Too bad for them, the shop owner knew some people that knew other people, and urged them to bring back his guitar, which they did.

By then, the vintage value was screwed up, but neck date and other things assured me it's a real '63.

It sounds great, especially with the mastery bridge installed.

DSC_2566

DSC_2569

DSC_2570

My other one is an even stranger story.

it was bought in '64 by the previous (first) owner, who used it for 5 years in a band, and then put it away in a room for about 40 years.

Needless to say, it feels brand new, but has the sound of an old one.

It' s a little more resonant than the red one, which has more paint on it.

Unfortunately, this guy's wife likes painting wood, so the took off the standard sunburst finish in the 60's, and painted en oiled it to what it is now.

I will have someone put some new nitro and a new decal on it once, but this is what it looks like now...:

DSC_2561

http://www.flickr.com/photos/60680390@N03/5533551100/in/set-72157626282578836/

DSC_2572

I have some rattling of the trem unit on the brown one, so if anyone knows about a trick get rid of it, feel free to help me out.

thanks!

wow two jazzies at once.... love'm both.

about the trem rattle i think this L I N K will help (click on "AV Tremolo Arm Fix")

...and welcome to the forum ...

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First of all, I can't figure out how to post pictures from Flickr, is this possible?

I'm a lucky bastard who found 2 pre-CBS Jazzmasters, though both have some issues which degraded their vintage-value (which is ok for me, and made them 'affordable').

First one is a '63 red one, no slab fretboard bu still with the black pickups.

I stayed in a music shop from the 70's until last year, and wasn't really used a lot as the shop owner is a bass player.

Unfortunately, it once was stolen by a bunch of junkies who got rid of the serial nr and most of the logo, in an attempt to make it untrackable.

Too bad for them, the shop owner knew some people that knew other people, and urged them to bring back his guitar, which they did.

By then, the vintage value was screwed up, but neck date and other things assured me it's a real '63.

It sounds great, especially with the mastery bridge installed.

DSC_2566

DSC_2569

DSC_2570

My other one is an even stranger story.

it was bought in '64 by the previous (first) owner, who used it for 5 years in a band, and then put it away in a room for about 40 years.

Needless to say, it feels brand new, but has the sound of an old one.

It' s a little more resonant than the red one, which has more paint on it.

Unfortunately, this guy's wife likes painting wood, so the took off the standard sunburst finish in the 60's, and painted en oiled it to what it is now.

I will have someone put some new nitro and a new decal on it once, but this is what it looks like now...:

DSC_2561

DSC_2560

DSC_2572

I have some rattling of the trem unit on the brown one, so if anyone knows about a trick get rid of it, feel free to help me out.

thanks!

I like the black one. To post pics here with flickr, when you go to the pick you want to post here on flickr, there is a "Share this" button. Click on "Grab the HTML BB code. Choose BB code by clicking the dot next to it. Copy the code in the box and paste it into the reply box. :)

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Hi Mad Mike, without the Jazzmaster, there would be no Jaguar or Mustang. I did a similar project to yours, I turned a Squier Jagmaster into a Fender Jazzmaster. I've noticed you've hit the same problem I did, the Rythm circuit. but I did'nt let it beat me. I got the pots and bracket from Warmoth and the roller knobs from Allparts. I'll post some pics when I work out how to do it

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My Blacktop Jazzmaster. I had planned to take the humbucker out and put in a standard Jazzmaster pickup and add the rhythm/lead switch stuff, but after playing it, I like it the way it is. I will probably put an Adjusto-Matic bridge on it and I might get a red marble swirl pickguard made for it, but I also kind of like the black pickguard too. Tough call.

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DSC09321 by Hentai No Baka, on Flickr

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Hello everyone,

I did a search and found this site, so my interest was piqued when I saw this thread. My name is Matt and I've been playing Jazzmasters for about 20 years now in various surf bands. Here is my current Jazzmaster selection:Jazzy3.jpg

The CAR is an American Vintage Reissue, yes with the matching headstock. This one is for sale on Ebay. The White one is my favorite. A 1985 MIJ totally stock and awesome! The Sonic Blue is a 1965 build that I did. I got Lindy-Fralin pickups for this one and I highly recommend their work over any other pickups!

Enjoy!

Matt

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Hey guys, been like two years since i've been around these parts. But i FINALLY have something to share. ha.

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threw that last one in there just to show off the grain on the back. i love this thing. i know a few have been posted already, but this one is mine. :-D

hahahaha, AND i only JUST noticed i haven't stopped playing it long enough to take the stickers off the neck plate. :lol:

also, not to be offtopic but, Mad-Mike, should you ever see this, i just put two and two together and figured out you're the dude who wrote hermit. that song is badass, did you have to do anything special to set up your trem for that? i hum that song constantly. Seriously lol

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G'day from Melbourne, Australia. I have been lurking on OSG for a few years, thought I'd start lurking here.

Fianally built me a Jazzmaster - shoulda done it years ago. Started out putting this one together:

JM baritone

Body - 150 year old Northern Pine from a barn demolition in Seattle WA.

Pickups - 1959 Fender JM from dismantled guitar out of Scotland

Pickguard, shielding, brass and tremolo - from same Scottish dismantle

Neck - USACG 28 5/8 inch

Next on the routing table is a asmanianTHuon Pine bodied Jazzmaster Bass VI which will be 30 inch scale as per Bass VI specs.

To complete the picture I am waiting for more of the same pine from my good friend Matt Landry in Seattle to produce a standard 25.5 inch scale guitar. Pickups by Fred Stuart for the next two builds.

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All finished in nitro and all fitted with 250K pots and PIO 0.047 caps for more punch.

I am very happy with the way the baritone sounds...many builds down the track, and this is the best sounding instrument so far - I wish I could get my mits on more vintage pickups, but it's so tough to find them I have decided to go to the next best thing - the man who personally revived the JM at Fender, Mr Fred Stuart.

Look forward to being a part of this forum also!

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It's been a while since I've been on this site, and I was just cruising around it and figured I'll show off this Fender Jazzmaster that I built for those that care. By built, I mean assembled out of parts. I started with a body and neck that I found on ebay.

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I had to route out the pickup cutouts for humbuckers.

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The whole cavity was lined in copper.

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Here I am wiring it up. You can see my hand drawn wiring diagram here. The roller pots above the pickups cut out a coil of each one of the pickups so I can go from the full dual coil to full single coil and anywhere inbetween. The two position switch on the top horn switches between the normal tone capacitor and a distortion circuit.

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I cut out stock Jazzmaster pickup covers to install the humbuckers. It's got a Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge and an overwound Gibson PAF for the neck position pickup. This guitar flat out SCREAMS!

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Here's the finished product.

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good thinking! dont know why it hasnt occurred to anyone else yet, to do that with HBs.

Thanks. When I was a young kid and first saw a jazzmaster, I thought the pickups were humbuckers. After I became a bit educated on JMs, I always wondered why you couldn't just replace the stock pickups with HBs. As far as surface area of the guitar/pickguard, they fit great, but I had to take out a lot of material underneath so they'd fit down low enough under the strings.

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Thanks. When I was a young kid and first saw a jazzmaster, I thought the pickups were humbuckers. After I became a bit educated on JMs, I always wondered why you couldn't just replace the stock pickups with HBs. As far as surface area of the guitar/pickguard, they fit great, but I had to take out a lot of material underneath so they'd fit down low enough under the strings.

i dont suppose it really matters, as long as its not some bit of vintage guitar porn, and as long as you dont cut all the way through.

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Yup, and a few other guitars. My sig should be shrinking a bit... :D

probably a good thing! ive got too many guitars (for the size of my house) but i want more, i just cant afford it. really want a jazzmaster of some kind, but i might just have to settle for a silversparkle jagmaster my mate (who looks like you, oddly enough!) has said hed sell me.

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