It’s probably been a while since you heard your favorite Grant Green or Wes Montgomery licks played on a Fender Jazzmaster. But, as writer and musician Derek See uncovers in an upcoming Fretboard Journal #28 article, over the decades Fender’s poorly named instrument has found followers in the worlds of punk, indie and improve. See explains why the likes of Tom Verlaine, Elvis Costello, J. Mascis, Thurston Moore and Wilco’s Nels Cline have all embraced the Jazmaster. In conjunction with that essay, we asked Cline to do this quick video demonstration of why he loves this model so much. Fender fans should also note the Fretboard Journal #28 issue also sports an interview with one of the Jazzmaster’s earliest practitioners, George Tomsco of the Fireballs.
[Audio geek note: Due to the extreme range of volume in this video, a little clipping occurred. We apologize. And our ears are still ringing.]