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Ira Kaplan's Jazzmaster

Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 8:59 pm
by Cymbaline87
I've been listening to Yo la tengo a lot lately, and I was wondering if any of you know anything about Ira's cool candy apple red jazzmaster. It looks vintage, pre '65, he beats the crap out of that poor thing and it definitely has a story to tell.

This is one my favourite videos with that guitar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYF4wbyrNyY

Re: Ira Kaplan's Jazzmaster

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 1:29 am
by JamesSGBrown
Legend. Stock bridge too.

Re: Ira Kaplan's Jazzmaster

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 10:05 am
by s_mcsleazy
yeah. when i seen ylt in glasgow a few years ago, i noticed he still had the stock bridge. but he was using string gauges on par with me.

i still think my fave ylt guitar is his coronado

Re: Ira Kaplan's Jazzmaster

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 10:07 am
by adamrobertt
Love this clip. I watch it from time to time. Great performance, sweet guitar.

Re: Ira Kaplan's Jazzmaster

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 2:51 pm
by takeittothemall
Ira has a great collection. He is one of the reasons I started playing Jazzmasters (and one of the reasons I have a son named Ira).

Re: Ira Kaplan's Jazzmaster

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 3:01 pm
by Cymbaline87
Yes, I noticed he has quite a few interesting guitars in his collection, but couldn't find much info on any of them. :unsure:

Re: Ira Kaplan's Jazzmaster

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 10:44 am
by takeittothemall
As far as I can tell, he plays:

The vintage CAR Jazzmaster with matching headstock and now with non-vintage tortoise guard
Vintage d&b sunburst jaguar
Vintage stripped to the wood Strat (which he's apparently had since he was a kid: https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/ ... aint-broke)
Vintage CAR Coronado with matching headstock
Eastwood Messenger: https://eastwoodguitars.com/blogs/artists/ira-kaplan
Vintage Fender Coronado:
60s Gibson J-45
Several other acoustics
MIJ sunburst Custom Telecaster
Purple Sparkle Danelectro 12-string

Re: Ira Kaplan's Jazzmaster

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 1:13 pm
by ga20t
I've never owned one (or really wanted to?), but seeing YLT's performance on KEXP has made me start parts shopping for a Strat build. I freaking love that band.