Why A Jazzmaster? Ask Zac 64

April 17, 2020

I have always had a jaundiced view of the Fender Jazzmaster. I thought it was only for surf, punk, or players with extremely large pedalboards. I learned I was horribly wrong after spending time with Dan Strain's 1965 Jazzmaster. They are beautiful sounding instruments that have their own very identifiable sleek & sinewy sound. As a known Tele-Guy, I take a look at the Jazzmaster, and spotlight what I see as its strengths, and how I was quite uninformed when it came to my former opinion on them. As a bonus, I take a quick look at a 1967 Guild Starfire V that was modified with a Lollar Firebird pickup in the neck.

Gear for this video:

1965 Fender Jazzmaster with Mastery Bridge. Restoration and aging on the body and neck by Dan "Danocaster" Strain.

Strings: D'Addario NYXL 10-46

Pick: Danocaster Medium

Amp: 1965 Deluxe Reverb with Celestion Vintage 30 speaker, and bright cap clipped on the vibrato channel.

Effects used:

TC Polytune

Mirage compressor pedal

AnalogMan Boss TR-2 Tremolo

Ibanez Mostortion Overdrive

Boss DM-3 Delay

Line 6 Echo Park Delay

9v power via Truetone CS6