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Here are a few things you need to know about Dinosaur Jr’s frontman: 1) he’s one of the loudest guitarists on the planet; 2) he owns more Big Muffs than you; and 3) his Squier Jazzmaster is a monster of a signature model.
"The Jazzmaster is just the first guitar I really had, and I learned how to play on it,” Mascis explains. “I kind of built my sound around it. So I’m just used to it, I guess. Now, when I hear it against other guitars like a Strat, it sounds like it has a little bit more. It’s not as trebly or thin.
“People first thought it was weird playing distorted music with a Jazzmaster because they only thought of surf and stuff with them,” he adds. “But by now it’s become pretty accepted that they can make a lot of noise also.”
This isn’t J’s first signature model, though. Back in 2007, Fender launched the Purple Sparkle beast that was J’s first signature model, but after some persistence from J, the company agreed to launch the more wallet-friendly Squier version you see here.
“First, I had the Fender [signature model] but still I always wanted something cheap that people could buy,” Mascis explains. “The Fender one started out at, like, $900 and they kept raising it and suddenly it was, like, $1,200 or something and so I was interested in the Squier and finally persuaded them to let me do a Squier one.”
As is common with Fender’s offset designs, the bridge has been replaced with an Adjusto-Matic model, but otherwise all of the classic Jazzmaster appointments – single-coil Jazzmaster pickups, rhythm/lead circuit, floating vibrato and three-way pickup switch – are present.
The whole thing is finished with a blingy White/Gold paintjob and scratchplate, and will appeal to players outside of Dinosaur Jr’s remit. If you look around, you’ll bag one of these for just over £350, making this a retro-junkie’s dream.