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JakeDobner
I think I strongly dislike guitars...

Lol!! "THINK" or "KNOW" ??? To me Jake it's an affliction .. A romance that's gotten out of hand...

Well, my vote is in and I went with the Jazzmaster.

The whole reason I bought my JM was because I wanted to add the "ultimate" surf guitar to my collection.
I already had a couple Strats I gotta say after bringing the JM home and plugging in, that just reinforced my belief in the Jazzmaster as THE surf guitar.

Between the pickups - especially both together - and the super-smooth trem, it just delivers that classic surf shimmer like no other instrument.
Just add reverb. Cool

Of course, I just got done watching a couple Insect Surfer videos and they manage to sound pretty dang surfy with a 3-pickup Gibson SG in the lineup. OK, maybe not 1960's surfy, but still....

Mark

There are no wrong notes, just some questionable choices.

Next try a Jaguar! That's really my favorite right now!!! I have a love affair with all my guitars however the Jag is my go to!!!

Actually, the first really good guitar I ever owned was a sunburst Jaguar.

Of course, I was a kid and what I really wanted then a Strat. Eventually sold the Jag and got a Strat.
Fast forward some umpty-odd years later and I'm wishing I still had that Jaguar.
It would probably be worth a couple bucks more than the $150 I paid for it back then. Face Palm

I would like to get another Jag. I've got the Strat, Tele, and Jazzmaster bases covered - the Jag would fill that missing slot.
Someday....

Mark

There are no wrong notes, just some questionable choices.

Yeah for sure!!! I've kinda did the same thing, sold my vintage original Green sparkel Jaguar the one on my Avatar
.. And bought a Stratocaster!!! Now I have 3 jazzmasters 4 strats and 1 tele and 1 jag...

I cant go past my 65 Mosrite with a Jazzmaster a close second.

BeachBumScott

thehighfiverevival
I use a Jagmaster. I know, i know, it's a Squier. But since we have a surf/punk thing going on i need the dual humbuckers. I love it, and i'm looking to pick up a second one for a backup.

Sure you may not get the full on Trad sound of a vintage early 60's Fender Strat...but there is nothing wrong with a Squier, they are what Leo intended the Strat's & Tele's to be back in the day.... a working mans guitar.

I have a Squier Standard Strat that I picked up used.
With a fret job, set up and after market pickups sounds and feels better than alot of the MIM Fenders I have played at GC for a 100.00 bucks less.
I also have a long scale Jagmaster and just picked up a 22 fret Bullet that is in pieces while I try to figure out what color to paint it.

I know some other members here play Squiers here too.

If you haven't checked this site out http://www.squier-talk.com/ it's a great site for Modding info.

Thanks for the link BeachBumScott

Tito
www.4808records.com
www.thehighfiverevival.net

DeadRanchHands
This was done with a downtuned Jaguar:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAUOnTaa_TE

So you can get a fat sound out of Jags

Aaaaahhh!!!! You mean Jet Harris!? This NOT a Jaguar. And NOT a downtuned jag! It`s a Fender Bass VI!
Jet Harris is known as the master of the Bass VI!

The body of the Bass VI looks like a Jaguarstyle body a bit.

Anyway, I get fat sounds out of my `64 Jag, no problem.

These days my favorite surf guitar is the Jaguar.

Twang cheers!

Ralf Kilauea
http://www.reverbnation.com/thekilaueas

Proud member No.2 of the league of Yamaha Bananas!

HallmarkSweptWinger

DeadRanchHands
This was done with a downtuned Jaguar:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAUOnTaa_TE

So you can get a fat sound out of Jags

Aaaaahhh!!!! You mean Jet Harris!? This NOT a Jaguar. And NOT a downtuned jag! It`s a Fender Bass VI!

Ralf, you are wrong, my friend - Diamonds was indeed recorded with a downtuned Jag. Jet used a Bass VI for his solo stuff, recorded after leaving the Shadows but before formally partnering with Tony Meehan - Man With the Golden Arm, Besame Mucho, Man from Nowhere, etc. Diamonds and Scarlett O'Hara, both credited to Harris & Meehan, were recorded with a Jag.

Ivan
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Can't we all just get along? Lol!

IvanP

HallmarkSweptWinger

DeadRanchHands
This was done with a downtuned Jaguar:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAUOnTaa_TE

So you can get a fat sound out of Jags

Aaaaahhh!!!! You mean Jet Harris!? This NOT a Jaguar. And NOT a downtuned jag! It`s a Fender Bass VI!

Ralf, you are wrong, my friend - Diamonds was indeed recorded with a downtuned Jag. Jet used a Bass VI for his solo stuff, recorded after leaving the Shadows but before formally partnering with Tony Meehan - Man With the Golden Arm, Besame Mucho, Man from Nowhere, etc. Diamonds and Scarlett O'Hara, both credited to Harris & Meehan, were recorded with a Jag.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxLqUERvnTY&playnext=1&list=PL52DA3DB552C0D208&index=1

www.loskahunas.com

IvanP

HallmarkSweptWinger

DeadRanchHands
This was done with a downtuned Jaguar:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAUOnTaa_TE

So you can get a fat sound out of Jags

Aaaaahhh!!!! You mean Jet Harris!? This NOT a Jaguar. And NOT a downtuned jag! It`s a Fender Bass VI!

Ralf, you are wrong, my friend - Diamonds was indeed recorded with a downtuned Jag. Jet used a Bass VI for his solo stuff, recorded after leaving the Shadows but before formally partnering with Tony Meehan - Man With the Golden Arm, Besame Mucho, Man from Nowhere, etc. Diamonds and Scarlett O'Hara, both credited to Harris & Meehan, were recorded with a Jag.

Yup.

http://www.reverbnation.com/thedeadranchhands

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZEW74mHjQk

I just started with this whole Surf Guitar craze....but I've been playing on my Squier Affinity Telecaster...and it sounds SWEET! I don't have a trem on it, so I play it through my Spider III Line 6 with a trem setting, and it sounds pretty good.

I have a guitar on order, an SX Liquid with 3 pickups, but I need to get a trem for that as well. I hear they are good with surf music.

Also, my father in law used to play, and he lets me play his guitar whenever I want. I'm sure I'll eventually own it when he dies. He has a 1957 Harmony Bobkat H 15 (I think)...it's got the dual single coil pickups without a trem...It was made for surf music, and I"m not going to mod that at all! I'm going to have to use his guitar to see how it would work out for surf music.

First post...gotta love it!

My favorite would be a Jazzmaster, but being recently unemployed, I settled for this:

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Xaviere XV-JT10 with JM90 Alnico Jazzmaster pickups. It's really a great guitar, I'm extremely pleased with it.

That's a beaut!

What did it set you back?

The Xaviere looks pretty nice actually.. can you make some sound or video clips of it. I have yet to hear one of those with JM style pickups and was interested in potentially purchasing one.

I was $229 + 19 shipping. I don't have anyway to make a recording.

A review here

Not surf as such, but gives you an idea - well, his idea anyway...

Volcanik wrote:

A review
here

Not surf as such, but gives you an idea - well, his
idea anyway...

Similar guitar, not exactly the same one. His experience certainly doesn't reflect mine. It's not a Jazzmaaster obviously, but a quite nice guitar. I have read more positive reviews on it than negative.

Wonder how that Xaviere holds up next to an Agile Argus? Or maybe even the Squier Jaguars?

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