Jazzmasters - Whats the best bang for buck?

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duotoneduotone Frets: 215
https://shop.fender.com/en-GB/electric-guitars/jazzmaster/

Ever since watching a YouTube video of Beatles riffs, I have become a bit obsessed with Jazzmasters.  I wanted to ask what model would you go for & why if you were parting with your own money?

Squier/Standard/Classic/Player/Artist/American Original/American Professional?


https://youtu.be/gjqUUafzBg4

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  • timhuliotimhulio Frets: 839
    Did the Beatles ever play a Jazzmaster on any recordings?

    I've not played a new JM for a while, but used AVRI is a good bet - good pickups, nitro-ish finish, rolled fretboard edges, chrome hardware. Or if you want the looks but not the quirks perhaps check out the American Pro series with simplified switching.



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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 215
    timhulio said:
    Did the Beatles ever play a Jazzmaster on any recordings?

    Not that I know of.

    timhulio said:

    I've not played a new JM for a while, but used AVRI is a good bet - good pickups, nitro-ish finish, rolled fretboard edges, chrome hardware. Or if you want the looks but not the quirks perhaps check out the American Pro series with simplified switching.

    Cheers for the info!
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 9040
    edited July 6
    Yeah, American Vintage/Original is probs where i'd land, though maybe Classic Lacquer if they have taller-than-vintage frets?

    That said, you can get CS quality for MIM lacquer money from Musikraft/MJT - provided you know what spec you want in enough detail.
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  • JerkMoansJerkMoans Frets: 1327
    I’d get a used Troy van Leeuwen (and I did!)

    Although Mexican built the quality control is impeccable, and it’ll be a sight cheaper than a US model. Looks the business, and with AVRI pickups and Staytrem collaborated mustang style bridge it has all the issues people normally play with already sorted out.
    Self-confessed Blues Lawyer
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  • benecolbenecol Frets: 196
    edited July 6
    EDIT: bargain Jazzmaster had sold.
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  • dazzajldazzajl Frets: 161
    Best bang for buck would be a Squier VM surely. Not the best guitar clearly but they’re usually solid and perfectly useable instruments that’ll be good enough to depend on live. 

    If budget allows, beyond best bang would be nice though. 
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  • TeyeplayerTeyeplayer Frets: 608
    Recently picked up a modded CIJ as part of a trade. It’s got the Staytrem mods, new pickups and plays great after a setup. Tbh the poly finish isn’t that awful albeit a bit bright for my liking. Might just be worth looking out for that cheaper secondhand model.
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  • Hick81Hick81 Frets: 60
    I tend to only look at the vintage reissue stuff but I tried an American Professional in mystic seafoam. It actually looks stunning and feels amazing. I've been keeping my eye out for a used one ever since. 

    Other than that, try the J Mascis Squier JM- for the money I was impressed. Really comfortable to play.
    Upmarket choice Elvis Costello signature USA JM - Real nice (I should've bought it off my mate when he sold it)

    There's probably about a grand difference in cost, so it really depends on your wants/needs.
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  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 32
    edited July 6
    The J Mascis Squier is supposed to be good for the money.
    I sold a CIJ last year. I could never tame the cutting high end of it.
    I’d like to revisit a Jazzmaster but would also take into account what amp I’d use with it.
    Ive played some older ones from 80s and the necks felt great. Lovely and thin. Not sure what reissues would have these neck profiles?
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 215
    edited July 8
    Cheers for the info.

    Will have a look over the various options/models while I’m watching some of the Tour De France today!

    What’s your opinions on the 2x humbucker models? Not a ‘proper’ Jazzmaster or a legit model?

    https://shop.fender.com/en-GB/electric-guitars/jazzmaster/player-jazzmaster/0146903519.html#q=Jazzmaster&qSubmit=&start=1




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  • stimpsonslostsonstimpsonslostson Frets: 3018
    If you’re just dipping your toe, I’d suggest looking at the Squier Jazzmaster Deluxe.
    According to what I’ve read (I also fancy a JM, but am on a budget) it appears to be virtually identical to the very well regarded Mascis Squier signature except that it’s red and can be had for under £300.
    It might be worth mentioning that (like the Mascis one) the pickups aren’t “true” JM ones- they’re more P90ish with adjustable pole pieces. As someone who loves a P90 this is actually attracting me!
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  • GagarynGagaryn Frets: 1145
    duotone said:
    Cheers for the info.

    Will have a look over the various options/models while I’m watching some of the Tour De France today!

    What’s your opinions on the 2x humbucker models? Not a ‘proper’ Jazzmaster or a legit model?

    https://shop.fender.com/en-GB/electric-guitars/jazzmaster/player-jazzmaster/0146903519.html#q=Jazzmaster&qSubmit=&start=1




    Not a proper JM! That said, I'm currently putting one together with WRHB but only because I already have a proper one. JM pickups are sublime - Mojo makes the best ones IMHO.
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 215
    If you’re just dipping your toe, I’d suggest looking at the Squier Jazzmaster Deluxe.
    According to what I’ve read (I also fancy a JM, but am on a budget) it appears to be virtually identical to the very well regarded Mascis Squier signature except that it’s red and can be had for under £300.
    It might be worth mentioning that (like the Mascis one) the pickups aren’t “true” JM ones- they’re more P90ish with adjustable pole pieces. As someone who loves a P90 this is actually attracting me!
    Thanks @stimpsonslostson , I appreciate the info.
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  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 32
    edited July 8
    duotone said:
    Cheers for the info.

    Will have a look over the various options/models while I’m watching some of the Tour De France today!

    What’s your opinions on the 2x humbucker models? Not a ‘proper’ Jazzmaster or a legit model?

    https://shop.fender.com/en-GB/electric-guitars/jazzmaster/player-jazzmaster/0146903519.html#q=Jazzmaster&qSubmit=&start=1




    I had one of these as well but the neck felt pretty wide for me. Not as comfy as the CIJ I had. The bridge wasn't great either. But in terms of output, I couldn't fault it. I never used to coil split. You could look at something with wide range humbuckers but that would be high end. 
    I had looked at replacing the pickups with wide range humbuckers to tip my hat to the Lee Ranaldo model, but don't think the wide range ones are the same size. I couldn't get on with the neck in any case.
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 215
    Really like the models with the ‘witch hat’ style knobs, although I guess I could always add these later on anyway.

    I’m going to check the latest Namm videos, to see if they show what Fender/Squier models are coming out in September & then make a decision.

    Cheers for your input all!
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  • Creed_ClicksCreed_Clicks Frets: 32
    Not forgetting the Jazzmasters, which are teles, but are Jazzteles or something or other! Talmanesque....
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  • Simon_MSimon_M Frets: 67
    duotone said:
    Cheers for the info.

    Will have a look over the various options/models while I’m watching some of the Tour De France today!

    What’s your opinions on the 2x humbucker models? Not a ‘proper’ Jazzmaster or a legit model?

    https://shop.fender.com/en-GB/electric-guitars/jazzmaster/player-jazzmaster/0146903519.html#q=Jazzmaster&qSubmit=&start=1




    I had one of these as well but the neck felt pretty wide for me. Not as comfy as the CIJ I had. The bridge wasn't great either. But in terms of output, I couldn't fault it. I never used to coil split. You could look at something with wide range humbuckers but that would be high end. 
    I had looked at replacing the pickups with wide range humbuckers to tip my hat to the Lee Ranaldo model, but don't think the wide range ones are the same size. I couldn't get on with the neck in any case.
    I have the hunbucker model and I really like the chunky neck but it’s more a power chord monster for me. The neck on my USA Standard Strat is much nicer for legato wanking.
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