Owing partially to my love of bands such as Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine and Nirvana (along a whole host of others including The Jesus Lizard, Mudhoney etc.) I recently got my hands on a new electric guitar, the wonderful Fender Jazzmaster Modern Player. It is a cheaper model than an American Jazzmaster (by half!) but a step up from the cheaper Squire models that Fender also produce. I love the beefy yet brittle sounds that the humbucker pickups produce and I adore the offset body, something that is slightly different from the normal Stratocaster or Les Paul guitar bodies. It fits comfortably against my own body and it isn’t a guitar that is afraid of a good thrashing during the throes of emotive playing.
The Jazzmaster guitar is, of course, now a marker for slightly alternative rock bands after it failed to be marketed to jazz musicians in the late 50’s, but this is a versatile guitar and I’m having a lot of fun trying different tones and techniques. It also looks particularly beautiful so I’ve been having fun trying to photograph this legend of a guitar. The following photographs are shot on a 1963 Pentax S1a camera with black and white film.
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