Jazzmasters in Country…

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.

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3 Responses to “Jazzmasters in Country…”

  1. Cody White Says:

    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!

  2. Nice! I took you guys photo with Bare…. Very cool.

  3. Cody White Says:

    That’s right! How did your pic turn out? He was looking away in the one we snapped on my brother’s phone…

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