menamestom
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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.....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D48UP5Xa4jg
Glen'sHeroicAct
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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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#3
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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Quote by Glen'sHeroicAct
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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Quote by Jesur16
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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#7
You see plenty of fusion guys playing strats, though...

How 'bout this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgswhBHPeI8

Or Scott Henderson, etc...

Quote by Doodleface
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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Quote by Resiliance
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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claptonfan55
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#9
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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laurel333
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#12
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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Quote by Doodleface
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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Axegrinder#9
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#14
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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#15
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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