07-31-2013 06:17 PM
I'm considering getting a jazzmaster, I've never owned a fender guitar before, but I've tried out the Classic Player at my local shop. A classic player model is not in my price range, so I'm looking into getting a Backtop and doing some cosmetic and hardware modifications. I'm wondering if a standard tortoise shell pickguard (like the one on Fender.com) will fit on a blacktop, or whether I need to have one custom-made, and whether the body can support little things like new knobs and pickup covers. I'm also wondering how much work is required to switch the HB pickup to a classic JM single-coil. Also, any info you can provide on the guitar itself or your opinions on it would be appreciated.
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07-31-2013 08:25 PM
Not sure it's routed for a JM pickup where the HB is. Probably not. A Phat Cat would probably work well there, if not. I've not been crazy about the feel of the Blactops for whatever reason. I see a lot of them used too, so I'm thinking I'm not the only one.
If you can wait, I'd suggest scoping out a good deal on a used Japanese one. These are much more in the spirit of the original, and can really shine when loaded with the right pickups and harware combo.
07-31-2013 08:29 PM
08-03-2013 05:13 AM
08-03-2013 06:06 PM
Why not go for the Squier J.Mascis Jazzmaster? It's cheaper than a Blacktop and, IMHO, much closer to the CP than the Blacktop. Doesn't have the locking trem, and a few other details, but I think you'll be happier--and no mods needed.
08-04-2013 09:46 AM
I have all 3 (Blacktop JM, Classic Player in Olympic White, and the J Mascis in white/gold)
For authentic tones go with the classic or Mascis.
For a cool hybrid of sorts go for the Blacktop.
For the price the Classic is the best deal.
08-04-2013 01:09 PM - edited 08-04-2013 01:10 PM
I don't claim to be a good player, but I like the CP best and that's what I have. I brought a BT home...brought it back the next day. I like the JM a lot, but it's a cheapened version of the CP, with a GREAT look and price.
I thnk a CP or JM are both well worth the money. The BT is not, in my humble opinion.
08-04-2013 01:15 PM
08-04-2013 02:42 PM
My CP Jazzmaster is tied for my favorite guitar (at least in my collection). The Mascis one is pretty close to the CP, then? I'd like to check one out.
Again, I'm not the greatest player but I thought the JM was a really good alternative to the CP, since the actual price is about half ($400 vs $800). I briefly got to mess with one at the local Sam Ash and was quite delighted with it. MUCH closer to the Classic Player than the Black Top.
08-13-2013 09:00 PM
08-14-2013 08:09 AM
Enjoy! Guitars are for enjoying ...
... if you're of a mind to do so, why not check back in a month and give us your reaction to the Blacktop in this thread?
08-14-2013 03:57 PM - edited 08-14-2013 03:58 PM
Blacktop JM - I think there are sellers on eBay that make a Tort guard for those, but the last I remember, they were PRICEY. ($60-$75) Also, maybe consider putting something like a GFS Surf 90 in the bridge. You could get something in the "neighborhood" of a JM pickup (brighter and twangy) for not much cash.
Squier Mascis JM - I have one of these and it's a pretty solid guitar. However, if you want something really traditional, you'll want to swap out the pickups. They're fairly dark and hot.
08-14-2013 06:18 PM
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