NGD (No Ghosts Day): Haint Blue '73 Jazzmaster

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NGD (No Ghosts Day): Haint Blue '73 Jazzmaster

Post by Gavanti » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:14 am

I had mostly given up on Jazzmasters. I'd prefer a BilT or Novo over the reissues, and the older ones are mostly out of reach. I've been playing Jags lately with my band. But I had kept in mind a birth-year Jazzmaster as a potentially affordable option. OSGer edwardskim picked up this refretted and refinned player's grade '73 as a really nice bargain a couple of months ago and then sold it to someone who decided he preferred Teles. So it ended up with me.

Overall, I like it a lot, and the things that I might change are all reasonable projects. It plays really well with the new frets. The neck is comfortable, though oddly it seems to be thickest near the headstock. Sonic Blue isn't my favorite color, but it's growing on me, and a refin can be refinned (if I could find a color that looks good with an unfinished headstock and B&B—maybe Sherwood Green or Firemist SIlver). The PV65 pickups are much better than I remember from when I tried out a TVLJM. I still might swap in a JM-V/JM-T set, but these are good. The bridge works well for now, and I'm pretty certain I found a pair of Staytrem conversion thimbles in my parts drawer, so it might be an easy swap.

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Re: NGD (No Ghosts Day): Haint Blue '73 Jazzmaster

Post by Trout » Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:45 am

That is one cool guitar :w00t:
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Re: NGD (No Ghosts Day): Haint Blue '73 Jazzmaster

Post by StevenO » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:24 am

That's absolutely beautiful.

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Post by zhivago » Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:27 pm

Very cool guitar...I dig the Sonic Blue! :-*
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Re: NGD (No Ghosts Day): Haint Blue '73 Jazzmaster

Post by aliendawg » Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:17 pm

Nice!! Congrats
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Re: NGD (No Ghosts Day): Haint Blue '73 Jazzmaster

Post by carron » Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:53 pm

Gorgeous guitar!!!!

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Post by s_mcsleazy » Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:09 pm

that is one of the coolest jazzmasters ive ever seen
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Re: NGD (No Ghosts Day): Haint Blue '73 Jazzmaster

Post by PJazzmaster » Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:00 pm

nice colour!!! :-*

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Re: NGD (No Ghosts Day): Haint Blue '73 Jazzmaster

Post by kamillebidan » Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:02 pm

That's a dream guitar right there!

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Re: NGD (No Ghosts Day): Haint Blue '73 Jazzmaster

Post by tele_pathic » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:09 pm

That is gorgeous!!! Having a birth year guitar and amp is a dream of mine. Congrats! I’m happy you were able fulfill a dream

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Re: NGD (No Ghosts Day): Haint Blue '73 Jazzmaster

Post by sunburster » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:18 pm

Gavanti wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:14 am
The PV65 pickups are much better than I remember from when I tried out a TVLJM.
TVLs come with 500k pots, which gives a different sound than 1meg pots. Lots of other aspects of a guitar affect the sound too, of course.

This is a really nice looking JM. :)

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Re: NGD (No Ghosts Day): Haint Blue '73 Jazzmaster

Post by torchindy » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:32 pm

Gavanti wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:14 am
The neck is comfortable, though oddly it seems to be thickest near the headstock
This seems to be pretty common in the 70s. I had a 75 tele that was like that. Guess nobody played cowboy chords in the 70s.

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Re: NGD (No Ghosts Day): Haint Blue '73 Jazzmaster

Post by Howlin_Wolf! » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:53 am

I think it looks great as it is but if you did change, Sherwood would be the way to go ;D

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Re: NGD (No Ghosts Day): Haint Blue '73 Jazzmaster

Post by garyfanclub » Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:02 pm

Whoa, super hot.

Would suggest a charcoal metallic refin if you were going to do one - one of the prettiest offsets I’ve seen was in that color. Off to hunt for pics now.

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Re: NGD (No Ghosts Day): Haint Blue '73 Jazzmaster

Post by kamillebidan » Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:12 pm

Just wanna add that the 70's decal for JMs are the best.

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