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”.
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.
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Haha – talk about perfect timing to find your blog right after you posted this! My brother and I were the young pair that trekked out east to catch Bare and you last month – as a historian and country/western fan I love to see this sort of connection to the past! Now you need to drift back out west so we can your new guitar in action!
Nice! I took you guys photo with Bare…. Very cool.
That’s right! How did your pic turn out? He was looking away in the one we snapped on my brother’s phone…