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BillAqua
Mike, that looks REALLY good man! That's a new American Reissue guard right? It's got those almost white light green yellowish spots in it, my bassists 2005 Jazz Bass has it but my 2000 and 2003 Jaguars don't. I'm thinking about getting one for my white Jaguar, but they go for about 40 bucks on Ebay.

Looks like Thomastik Infelds on there too.

Thanks, Bill and Ivan. It is an American reissue guard. And yeah, its kinda seems that the aftermarket pickguards vary from the stock ones. Roy Lanham's jazzmaster was the first that fired me up on the Fiesta Red/Tortoise combo. And yes, Thomastik Infeld .12's are what I'm digging these days.

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Ivan,

What are you talking about the "shell guard wouldn't work"? Strats look just as bad with white guards! Wink

Mike,

Come to think of it, I've always thought Roy's Jazzmaster looked sharp too. Leo Jackson had a nice lookin' Jazzmaster as well. I've had a set of Thomastik Infeld 12s on one of my Jaguars for over a year now. They sound better each month.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=uw0TGAq48gA Leo Jackson(Jazzmaster) and Chet Atkins.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=kBL613--8Ig Gordon Terry(Jazzmaster) with George Jones. You can also briefly see Luther Perkins with his Jazzmaster

I got the itch for a JM now.

"as he stepped into the stealthy night air... little did he know the fire escape was not there"

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Speaking of Luther Perkins. I've been watching a lot of Walk the Line as of recently. What a great movie. I love all the actors in the film.

When we see that Luther has switched over to a Jazzmaster you can really tell the difference between that and the Tele. I must say I might just prefer the sound of the Jazzmaster for Luther's style of picking.

Wow, this thread is great! Some really cool scans, guys! I must say I'm learning so much here, so quickly, it's crazy! You guys are a treasure trove of information for us newbies. Keep it coming!

BillAqua
I got the itch for a JM now.

Tell me about it! Laughing

Jake, I agree...Walk The Line has become one of my favorite films. (And I have some crazy taste's when it comes to film, I guess). I love biographies, and Mr. Cash's is up there with the best of em. Joaquin Phoenix did an excellent portrayal. And how cute is Reese Witherspoon as June Carter? The woman can really shine, and sing!

On a side note: The guy who plays Bill Black, bassist for June Carter early in the film, is played by "Slick" Joe Fick of The Dempseys. They play a stellar mix of country/rockabilly and are very credited. Last year I had a chance to watch The Dempseys play live, what a show! Slick plays the upright bass with such energy it's amazing! I met with the band after the show, and I must say they are some great guys. Do check em out if you're into rockabilly too. They are truly made of greatness.

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JakeDobner
Speaking of Luther Perkins. I've been watching a lot of Walk the Line as of recently. What a great movie. I love all the actors in the film.

When we see that Luther has switched over to a Jazzmaster you can really tell the difference between that and the Tele. I must say I might just prefer the sound of the Jazzmaster for Luther's style of picking.

I thought the Jazzmaster worked in country, atleast until the chicken picked Telecaster sound became the norm. Now it seems like ever country(can you even call it country) guitarist uses a Strat, Tele, Les Paul, or some crazy modifed version of the three. They all seem to dress like bums too. The Jazzmaster went along well with the "gentleman" look of the older guitarists.

"as he stepped into the stealthy night air... little did he know the fire escape was not there"

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I don't believe you can call it country. Distorted guitars simply rapes all the credibility of the music being country. Lyrics in country also used to be good. Not anymore.

I agree with Ace's opinion of Reese as June. Quite endearing.

Interesting tie at the moment with 5 votes each for the 3 Fender guitars. I wonder why there are only 16 votes so far though? (It's not necessary to post a reply to cast a vote).

T H E ✠ S U R F I T E S

Here's a shot of my Jazzmaster. It's actually blonde, not yellow, as I previously said. It's also a '95, not '96.

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BTW, one more classic surf Strat user: Al Nichol of the Crossfires!

Ivan

PS I also wish more people did the poll - c'mon, make your selection, if you haven't already!

Ivan
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BillAqua
Ivan, What are you talking about the "shell guard wouldn't work"? Strats look just as bad with white guards! Wink

You just gotta pick, don't you, Bill? Pick, pick, pick.... Confused

Nah, I'm kidding, I can take a joke... I do love the shell guards, that's the Madeira look - though, sorry Bill, on Strats (and a Jazz Bass). It just doesn't look as good on a Strat with a fiesta red finish.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=uw0TGAq48gALeo Jackson(Jazzmaster) and Chet Atkins.

Holy crap!! Holy crap, holy crap, holy crap. Man, that Atkins back in the fifties, early sixties, he was just remarkable. I love this video!! Thanks so much for posting this link, Bill.

I got the itch for a JM now.

Yeah, me too - I've been playing my Jazzmaster since yesterday!

Ivan

PS BTW, Bill, LOVED those Bobby Fuller Four photos - never seen them before!

Ivan
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After seeing those, it reminded me of the Deke Dickerson Guitar Geek Festival that we went to recently. Not all but alot of it was in that vien of stuff. Doesn't set me on fire, or do I want to play that style. But it was a hoot to watch up close.

Jeff(bigtikidude)

BillAqua
Mike,

Come to think of it, I've always thought Roy's Jazzmaster looked sharp too. Leo Jackson had a nice lookin' Jazzmaster as well. I've had a set of Thomastik Infeld 12s on one of my Jaguars for over a year now. They sound better each month.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=uw0TGAq48gA Leo Jackson(Jazzmaster) and Chet Atkins.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=kBL613--8Ig Gordon Terry(Jazzmaster) with George Jones. You can also briefly see Luther Perkins with his Jazzmaster

I got the itch for a JM now.

Jeff(bigtikidude)

My wife absolutely HATES the red tortoise shell guard on a red guitar.

I think it looks good. I'm not a big fan of tortoise guards in general though.

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IvanP
Holy crap!! Holy crap, holy crap, holy crap. Man, that Atkins back in the fifties, early sixties, he was just remarkable. I love this video!! Thanks so much for posting this link, Bill.

Ivan, you need to see the rest of that concert. It'll really make you feel inadequet. It was filmed somewhere in Norway in 1963. The comedic climax is Chet singing "Peanut Vendor".

http://guitarvideos.com/dvd/13027dvd.htm

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I think the Fiesta Red with a Tortoise shell looks good on the Jazzmaster. Nothing else. I also hate Tortoise shell with Candy Apple. I also like Tortoise shell with sonic blue on a Jazzmaster.

Brian
My wife absolutely HATES the red tortoise shell guard on a red guitar.

I think it looks good. I'm not a big fan of tortoise guards in general though.

I think some of it has to do with the quality of the reproduction guard on these reissues. The early Japanese imports were too bright, and the early American reissues were too dark. Most of the vintage ones are lookers.

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There are some repro ones that are the ugliest thing ever. They are pretty much a vinyl sticker.

Brian
My wife absolutely HATES the red tortoise shell guard on a red guitar.

I think it looks good. I'm not a big fan of tortoise guards in general though.

I usually don't like them either, but I always kinda think they look cool on a black guitar. . .like the Strat Hendrix used to play sometimes.

Here's another video of Terry Gordon playing a Jazzmaster with George Jones. It's on the second song, and to add to the mix of favorite pickguards/finishes. Althought not often associated with surf the sunburst Jazzmaster with gold guard is somethin' else.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=BKMI6WqIpGM

And Jake, here's one of Luther on his Jazzmaster for ya'. This is what Johnny Cash was about.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=4_w9nMYIBh4

One more of Johnny and Luther, this one is dated 1958, but it looks like he's got a Jaguar. Sounding rather drippy, and again, this is what Johnny was all about.

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BillAqua
Here's another video of Terry Gordon playing a Jazzmaster with George Jones. It's on the second song, and to add to the mix of favorite pickguards/finishes. Althought not often associated with surf the sunburst Jazzmaster with gold guard is somethin' else.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=BKMI6WqIpGM

Man, check out that crazy headstock on George's acoustic!

Here's another Jazzmaster in action on Town Hall Party - this time in the hands of Carl Perkins.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=A5ZLKMTcVak

I think that sunburst Jazzmaster may have actually belonged to the Town Hall Party.
Gordon Terry played it, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Merrit used it during one of Gene Vincent's show on the THP.

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