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Old 02-03-2008, 05:10 PM   #1
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Stratocaster for Jazz

Just wandering what people though of strats as a Jazz guitars. We all know it's a killer blues axe but you don't see many jazz guitarists weilding strat's. Do you really need an archtop with a Humbucker?

Here's my attempt at a Jazzy strat song, see what you Jazz guitarists think.....


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Old 02-03-2008, 05:20 PM   #2
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that sounds nice, but the tone just doesn't sound jazzy. however, no one said jazz had to have a jazz tone. if you wanna play jazz with a strat, there's no problem there. the tone sounded fine on that song, and it was quite refreshing compared to normal jazz tone. just know that jazz elitists won't like it.
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Old 02-03-2008, 05:20 PM   #3
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You don't need an archtop.

But for a traditional jazz tone. You at least need an all mahogany body and a low output neck humbucker. Rolling the tone knob down helps.
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Old 02-03-2008, 05:21 PM   #4
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i see a bunch of players using strats. Eric Johnson even has a signature strat.
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:09 PM   #5
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that sounds nice, but the tone just doesn't sound jazzy. however, no one said jazz had to have a jazz tone. if you wanna play jazz with a strat, there's no problem there. the tone sounded fine on that song, and it was quite refreshing compared to normal jazz tone. just know that jazz elitists won't like it.

ya, pretty much what he said.


it was a nice song.
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Old 02-04-2008, 01:57 AM   #6
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i see a bunch of players using strats. Eric Johnson even has a signature strat.



I believe he was talking about straight ahead cats. I would hardly call Eric Johnson a straight ahead jazz man.

There is no rule to this, however, like someone said before, to have a traditional sound you really want that archtop acoustic sound.
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Old 02-04-2008, 09:14 AM   #7
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You see plenty of fusion guys playing strats, though...

How 'bout this:

Or Scott Henderson, etc...

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But for a traditional jazz tone. You at least need an all mahogany body and a low output neck humbucker. Rolling the tone knob down helps.


Not true at all. An all mahogany body? A low output neck humbucker? Seriously?
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Old 02-04-2008, 07:09 PM   #8
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Not true at all. An all mahogany body? A low output neck humbucker? Seriously?


Give me 2 jazz players (not fusion) that don't use those things.
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Old 02-22-2008, 10:36 PM   #9
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I'm not a jazz player, but that sounded really good to me, so I'd say that you could use a Strat for jazz. Keep it up.
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Old 02-22-2008, 11:58 PM   #10
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Ted Greene gets a nice sound out of a vintage tele strung with thick (14 or 15s at standard pitch) strings
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Old 02-23-2008, 01:07 PM   #11
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Do you really need an archtop with a Humbucker?

Tommy Bolin thought not. No Bigsby could take the same whammy abuse.





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Old 02-23-2008, 07:23 PM   #12
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I play strat for jazz - i tend to use the neck pickup and turn the tone right down to get a nice mellow jazz tone.
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Old 02-23-2008, 09:21 PM   #13
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Give me 2 jazz players (not fusion) that don't use those things.


Myself, and most of my teachers at the Antwerp Conservatory (in the jazz department, yes...).
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Old 02-26-2008, 02:04 AM   #14
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add me to that list :p ^

but on topic, yeah sure there's obviously something to be said for playing jazz on a hollowbody/semi-hollowbody archtop with humbuckers and such, but that doesn't mean you cannot play jazz on a strat.

I have one of the newer american deluxe strats from fender, and lemme tell you I can pull off some nasty jazz licks on it - the cool thing about these strats are the S1 switching system and if you engage that and fiddle around with the tone and vol. knobs, you can definitely get a pretty decent jazz guitar sound... I mean I rarely play thru my tube amp when I'm practicing myself - I plug my strat in straight thru into a tiny Roland MicroCube (look this baby up later) and have the JC120 amp sim on - and tell you what it sounds just right to my ears...

and Doodleface, are you telling me that if George Benson or John Abercrombie played on a strat, they wouldn't sound like themselves? I'm personally a firm believer in the fact that if you know your **** you can pick up a guitar and do your thing - sure an ES335 might be more conducive for a jazz sound but that doesn't mean Larry Carlton didn't play jazz on his Valley Arts strats.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:16 PM   #15
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Due to an old shoulder that gets painful reaching around a big jazzbox, I began using the Strat that my sons gifted me a while back. You need to play with the EQ's on the amp, and I did a couple of simple mods to the guitar It is now my main jazz guitar. It will never have the hollow bodied sound, but is very versatile and smooth.

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