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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:28 am    Post subject: Jazz Guitar? Reply with quote

Hey there! I'm in the market right now for a guitar specifically for jazz https://bestelectricguitars.reviews/best-jazz-guitars/ and maybe some very soft blues. The problem is, I have no idea what I want. A true archtop is probably out of my budget, so that's probably out of the question. I have seen Telecasters work for solid body jazz, but I'm unsure if that's the route I want to take. In terms of semi-hollow, I have never owned one and don't really know what I'm talking about. If you know anything or have any opinions on what I should be going for, please let me know!

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ibanez Artcore series are affordable and quality instruments, they do many hollow and semi-hollow designs which would be great for jazz.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

worry about a good drummer and bass player first. thats the most important thing in a jazz band.

after that get any guitar with a humbucker, put .13 flat wound strings on it and you are all set.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't know you played jazz, Rob?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bacchus wrote:
I didn't know you played jazz, Rob?


you seem shocked.

do you agree with my drum/bass statement ?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think it's good advice.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok then, first go buy a 4,000 gibson, get a shit drummer, and fuck a bass player who needs him. he's just gonna eat your food and take 1/3 of your purse
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

robroe wrote:
ok then, first go buy a 4,000 gibson, get a shit drummer, and fuck a bass player who needs him. he's just gonna eat your food and take 1/3 of your purse


oh like a White Stripes jazz duo!


also my advise on a jazz guitar, go to a guitar store, try different guitars and amp combos, buy the best one that sounds good to you that you can afford.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

robroe wrote:
Bacchus wrote:
I didn't know you played jazz, Rob?


you seem shocked.

do you agree with my drum/bass statement ?

It's true, literally no-one is able to play jazz unless there's a good drummer and bassist in the room also, the guitar just won't make any noise at all



But yeah, go to a store and see what feels right to you, Ydarvi- even if it's not the store you'll eventually buy from. People play jazz on all kinds of guitars, technique and your amp will make a way bigger difference to the sound.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just buy a Jazzmaster and flatwound strings lol
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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ALL THESE KIDS ARE MAJOR SEVENIN’ AND HUMBUCKERIN’ AND DON’T KNOW WHAT THE JAZZ IS ALL ABOUT, Y’SEE

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember this company I think called Godin that did some jazzy looking archtops and semi-hollow/hollows for a good price. 5th avenue series I think. they look tempting for anything, but probably could do jazz with a nice clean amp.

what's the amp for jazz? Roland jc-120? some kind of mellow fender tube amp?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have lusted the fuck out of a 5th Avenue for probably as long as anything. I think I first read about them when I was about fifteen, when they first came out. I spent a silly amount of a shop owner's patience in Hastings, NZ playing the one they had there.

One of my last dream guitars.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:45 am    Post subject: Re: Jazz Guitar? Reply with quote

Ydarvi wrote:
I have seen Telecasters work for solid body jazz, but I'm unsure if that's the route I want to take.





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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Josh wrote:
I remember this company I think called Godin that did some jazzy looking archtops and semi-hollow/hollows for a good price. 5th avenue series I think. they look tempting for anything, but probably could do jazz with a nice clean amp.

what's the amp for jazz? Roland jc-120? some kind of mellow fender tube amp?

Bacchus wrote:
I have lusted the fuck out of a 5th Avenue for probably as long as anything. I think I first read about them when I was about fifteen, when they first came out. I spent a silly amount of a shop owner's patience in Hastings, NZ playing the one they had there.

One of my last dream guitars.

Godin make excellent guitars.
Likewise, I’ve wanted a 5th Avenue Kingpin (single pickup) for years. The basic 5th Avenue without a pickup is great, but full acoustic, the Kingpin adds enough versatility to be widely useful, but I find the Kingpin II (2 pickup) has a more muted tone, possibly due to construction.
The Montreal is a great semi-hollow. I’ve played a few in-store, and have loved them all.
The Multiac and A-series are basically purpose built for jazz and world music scenes.

Godin’s construction is pretty top notch, great quality guitars. Their standard electric designs are, to me, a bit boring/uninspiring, but they pay feel, play, and sound excellent...
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob always sounds dumb and mean, but he is correct insofar as skill and band members matter waaaaaay more than the type of guitar-- a telecaster (ideally with neck position humbucker) is objectively the most versatile guitar and therefor the only guitar any new player should ever consider
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No one's gonna want to play with you if you bowl in with some whack twangy solid body thing.

Yeah blah blah blah tone is in the fingers but jazz guitars look cool, sound a certain way and you'll play a certain way on them.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A strong band won't play with you if you're just learning I suppose. It seems to me there's a lot of tedious elbow grease with jazz when you spend your time alone learning theory, practicing with metronome as well as listening to jazz. No guitar will make me a jazz guitarist for sure, though some could inspire me to dive into properly learning jazz
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These hypothetical jazz guys sound like pricks.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You don't need a particular guitar to play jazz on. You may need an archtop guitar if you're playing in some kind of vintage tribute band, but generally most guys these days play whatever. I generally play either a strat or a tele deluxe most of the time. I do have an Ibanez AF55 which I bought for less than $200 which I use for big band, bebop or more traditional gigs but generally I just play a solid body. I used to play a crazy expensive custom built archtop, but honestly aside from looking pretty and sounding great for a couple of different sounds, I'm way happier playing solid bodies for most things.

Here's video evidence:

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