Archive for October, 2012

Jazzmasters in Country…

Posted in Music, Stuff with tags , , , , , on October 16, 2012 by bigsmokey

Jazzmasters in country! It suprises me that there are not more Jazzmaster players in classic country. To me it seems a natural. Spanky bridge pickup tones, stratty middle, fat bell-like neck pickup… And the dark jazzy rhythm circuit….

There are a few though. Willie Nelson played one for a while in the sixties. Luther Perkins switched over from a telecaster in the early sixties. Country/Jazz badass Roy Lanham played one throughout his career. Wayne Moss cut a ton of records in Nashville on a Jazzmaster, most notably the uber-twangy signature lick on Waylon Jennings’s “Only Daddy that Will Walk the Line”.

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Here is an early video of my boss, the great Bobby Bare doing his huge hit “500 Miles”, featuring a Jazzmaster played by the lead guitarist. (I am carrying on this tradition as I am using my new Jazzmaster for my main guitar on tour with Bobby Bare!)

Here is a video of Roy Lanham ripping some country/jazz on a Jazzmaster.

The Jake Bradley Jazzmaster

Posted in Music on October 9, 2012 by bigsmokey

Well! The Jake Bradley Jazzmaster is finished and I put it through its paces last weekend down on Lower Broadway. I had my telecaster as backup in case it didn’t perform. I am happy to say I played all four hours on the Jazzmaster. I played it through my 1970 Fender Deluxe Reverb, with a few pedals in-line, notably a new Nocturne Ubangi Stomp! Which is 60’s fuzzed out bliss…

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Here’s the run-down on the Guitar: Body- two piece medium-light weight poplar custom made by Jake Bradley. Finish- ReRanch Shoreline Gold. Pickups, Electronics, and Tremolo-Fender American Vintage Reissue. Bridge- Mastery. Neck- Musikraft 1 3/4″ nut, FAT C neck with rosewood bound board. The overall style is early Fender/CBS circa 1966-1967 with a bound neck, white witch-hat knobs, and replica early CBS decal…
All assembly, finish work, wiring and set-up done by Jake.
I have always considered myself a Telecaster player, but this guitar is giving me second thoughts!