#1
I've been listening to a lot of The Catheters lately, so I'm GAS'ing big time for a Fender Jazzmaster. Trouble is: there are so many different flavors of that iconic guitar. I can't decide which one to add to my GAS list.

A) Vintage 1960's Jazzmaster = expensive mojo; 3K is not uncommon

B) '62 Reissue Jazzmaster = 7.25" radius, old school hardware, including crap-ola bridge, $1,600

C) Classic Player Jazzmaster = 9.5" radius, MIM, modern bridge, under $900

D) Thurston Moore Signature Jazzmaster = 7.25" radius, single volume control, minimalistic, SD single-coil pups, cool nitro green finish, spendy @ $1,400

E) Lee Ranaldo Signature Jazzmaster = similar to Thurston's axe but with Fender HB pups and a nitro blue finish, spendy @ $1,500

Right now, I think "D" is the way to go...but what do I know?

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Last edited by Armchair Bronco at Nov 18, 2009,
#3
Quote by JELIFISH19
I always liked the J. Mascis Jazzmaster.


That one's a little too sparkle-ly/purplish for me.
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#4
Have you considered looking for a CIJ/MIJ? Basically the AV Reissue with cheaper electronics and half the price.

I haven't tried the CP or any of the sig models so i'm not 100% about the others. If it was me i'd go with the AV or the Vintage, mainly because they aren't in ugly colours. That and I don't really like sig guitars. The 7" radius feels really nice though. Screw the CP and it's user friendly wimpyness. You can replace the bridge in the AV/CIJ/Vintage Jazz, you can't put mojo into the MIM.
#5
For me, the 7.25" radius is key. Plus, I already have a CP Jaguar HH. Love that guitar and it was a great value. I've also always wanted a Jaguar with humbuckers.

But the Jazzmaster is cool too. I prefer its clean tone to a Mustang's clean tone.

I should price out some Japanese Jazzmasters, too, as suggested. It's ironic that the SY sig guitars are actually cheaper than the '62 Reissue.
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#6
Keep an eye out on ebay, you can get some great deals on offsets. CIJs/MIJs are harder to find in the US.

But when they do come up they're pretty awesome.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Fender-Jazzmaster-Japan_W0QQitemZ320446111662QQcmdZViewItem?rvr_id=&itemid=320446111662
http://cgi.ebay.com/FENDER-JAPAN-JAZZMASTER-JM66-80-3TS-Q-SERIAL_W0QQitemZ350280789404QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar?hash=item518e5cad9c

These'd be great with a new set of pups.
Last edited by beckyjc at Nov 18, 2009,
#7
I never cared for the Jazzmaster I love the looks of the guitar but If they would make them with an HH and fixed bridge configuration I would own one for sure, that's why I prefer the Jaguar Baritone Special HH. I could have picked one up for only $450.00 a few months ago and passed now I regret it. I am not a Fender fan but the Jag Baritone really had a great sound and feel.

Look around for a used one. I have seen them pretty cheap on Craig's list. Look for an older MIJ Jazzmaster I have seen them for as low as $375.00 and IMO they are just as good if not better then the MIA ones and 100 times better than MIM.


John
#8
The Jazzblaster is awesome of course (That's what Lee's is called).

I'll be building a mahogany HH custom JM over christmas. I imagine I shall like it even more.
#9
The more I think about it, the more it seems like the Thurston Sig has everything I'm looking for:

  • 7.25" fretboard radius
  • modern bridge
  • jumbo frets
  • Old School voiced single-coil JM pickups
  • minimalist controls (volume pot only, no secondary volume/tone channel)
  • 3-way switch
  • cool vibe/mojo in a unique guitar that you don't see very often
  • awesome green nitro finish
  • cheaper than a '62 reissue


What's not to like?
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#10
I liked the Elvis Costello siggy.

Oh, and i really do love the old 60s Jazzmasters.
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#11
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I liked the Elvis Costello siggy.

Oh, and i really do love the old 60s Jazzmasters.

+1 to the Costello

I also love surf green anything, so those are cool.
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#12
Green Sig For the Win

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