Fender Jazzmaster Tribute

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We have read many concert reviews about tributes to certain artists – Paul Simon and Bob Dylan come to mind.  But today is the first time we can remember reading about a concert tribute to a guitar.  Today’s New York Times has a story about last Friday’s concert at the Knitting Factory in New York where J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr.), Nels Cline (of Wilco) and Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth) paid tribute to the Fender Jazzmaster.  The guitar was originally supposed to be the next step after the success of Fender’s Telecaster and Stratocaster and eventually gained a following among surf guitarists and postpunk players including Elvis Costello (whose signature model is pictured here).  During the night Nels Cline stated, “It’s not the instrument…It’s the imagination.”  Here at Fretbase, we actually do think it’s the instrument.

Fender Jazzmaster on Fretbase

A Guitar Is the Star on a Night of Tributes (New York Times)

Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special (Musician’s Friend)

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  1. John Sherman

    I’ve had my 1962 Jazzmaster since 1976, and love it.