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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:41 pm    Post subject: NGD- J Mascis Jazzmaster Reply with quote

Well.. the Oly White Jagmaster didn't last long. It wasn't my intention to sell it, but it happened. One of my close friends down here has been bugging me to sell him my CAR Jagmaster or my Supersonic. When he saw my Oly White Jagmaster, he made me a cash offer, which paid for the guitar + the cost of checking a back so I could carry it on. I hadn't bonded with the Jagmaster yet, and I know that it'd be going to a good home, so I agreed to it.

On top of that, I sold my Tele Custom, my Guild S300D project, and three amps (Micro Terror, Cube 60, and Kustom Defender 5H stack) in a gear consolidation/fundraising spree; and both my christmas bonus and a freelance paycheck came in. Well, after paying my bills for the month (and thanking god, allah, tom cruise, etc; for not buying the Electric XII last week), paying next month's "predictable bills" (rent, insurance, etc), and setting a bit aside for christmas shopping, I had a little bit of extra cash.

So fuck it. I've been good this year. I've worked my ass off at my 9-5 job, got a promotion, worked an extra 50+ hours each week on setting up my business, finally got started on my thesis, and helped my grandmother and my brother out financially this year. It's time for me.

I ordered a new Squier J. Mascis Jazzmaster through Music123, price matched (and beaten) to Austin Bazaar, brand new at $352.50, with free Priority Mail shipping. I'm excited, since this is my first actual brand new guitar in close to 10 years (I usually buy floor models or really good condition used guitars).

It shipped out today, hopefully it'll be here next week.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats! You absolutely deserve it.

Let me know how you get along with the JM JM. Have been thinking about getting one myself. Fran and others seem to love it.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet, you're gonna love it!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice one, its a cracking guitar. let us know when it arrives
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You deserve it! The JM Jazzmaster is the best new guitar that I've ever purchased at that price point, and it arrived set up better than my $1800.00 Deluxe American strat. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I love mine. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The guitar is only half a mile away... Very Happy

But, that half a mile away is locked up in my post office. They open at 7:45 AM, and I am tempted to wake up early and pick her up first thing.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You will be impressed. Superb guitar for the money!
Incidently, mine was also the first 'new' guitar I had bought in a long time. I got it for my 41st birthday, love it.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well, she's here... and she feels great and sounds great. She's heavy as fuck!

Anyway, one issue.. which I'll take care of, rather than return the guitar. When the rhythm circuit is on, she's loud as fuck, but when it's off, going to the main controls, she sounds seriously anemic. Like, with my AC15 completely cranked, it wasn't loud at all... barely bedroom practice amp volumes. I'm going to figure it out.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

probably a loose connection in the wiring
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, I plugged the guitar back in, and a few taps on the pickguard, and everything now is as it should be Very Happy

I'll open her up this evening and resolder her for peace of mind. But otherwise, I am happy with the purchase.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks fabulous! I've been after one of these for ages, hopefully ill get a Xmas bonus too, then I may have to treat myself. How's the trem with the tune-o-matic? I worry I've been spoilt by the unknown roller bridge that came on my new jag.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very stable. That surprised me, I was planning about dropping a roller bridge there.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was after the purple sparkle version for a while (still am) and I played one of these at the guitar show last year. The wiring on lots of these was not right from the factory. I might get one down the road though my project Jazzmaster will be similar.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, there's definitely something loose in there. Yesterday I swapped out the pickguard and tailpiece, and added a shielding plate. Afterward, it worked fine, looked purty, and the trem was locked.



However, today the issue from when I first got the guitar came back. The rhythm circuit works fine, the lead not so much. I popped off the new pickguard to see if there was a loose cable, but I couldn't see anything. I put the pickguard back on, and it worked perfectly for a few minutes, but after testing out the switches, going back and forth, the volume faded VERY quickly on the lead circuit. So something's loose, but I can't figure out what.

Normally, I'd just take apart and resolder the whole damn thing, but I'm quite unfamiliar with Jazzmaster wiring, so I'm going to leave it with my tech at some point this weekend or next week, and let him figure it out.

Kinda sucks this happened on a brand new guitar, but I like this neck so much, that I don't want to send it back.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks fucking bad-ass.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The soldering on the 3 way switch is known to be pretty shoddy. Mine needed redoing.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lorez wrote:
The soldering on the 3 way switch is known to be pretty shoddy. Mine needed redoing.


Yep, mine too.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mkt3000 wrote:
Kinda sucks this happened on a brand new guitar, but I like this neck so much, that I don't want to send it back.


Do you agree with others that the neck is kinda chunky?

Did you find there's a significant tonal difference with the new pickguard?

Still thinking I might have to get one in 2013...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

singlepickup24 wrote:

Do you agree with others that the neck is kinda chunky?


Yeah, I'd definitely say the neck is kinda chunky. I loved the feel and playability to begin with, but was getting a sore thumb playing it for extended periods, but that seems to have gone away now. It does feel and play amazing.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i like the chunky neck on these and find it easy to play for long periods where as skinny necks can cause cramps after a bit.
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