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Wylie last won the day on September 30 2019

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  1. I am looking for a new guitar to continue my instruction in playing jazz, and wondering if a Telecaster might be the way to go. If you look at YouTube, there seems to be loads of jazz players favoring Telecasters over hollow-body or semi-hollow-body guitars. Any thoughts on Telecasters for jazz? Any and all thoughts, reminiscences, complaints, advice or warnings are welcome. I'm also curious about players' experiences with Teles equipped with humbuckers as opposed to single-coils. Thanks! Wylie
  2. Pickup was an SD '59 model SH1-b. Just the neck pickup.
  3. Don't know; but the work was done by a luthier I've known for years, and trust. So I think I will just live with it.
  4. The outcome was--zilch. Replaced the crap pickup with a Seymour Duncan and the outcome was a barely marginal improvement. Never again will I buy a cheap guitar and expect it to do what it isn't designed to do, so it is my fault. I expected some mellowness in the neck PU and got nothing, even with the new SD. Total waste of money.
  5. Thanks, EZ. I do like the way it plays, so I will go for the upgrade.
  6. I recently bought an Epi 339 from an online dealer and was disappointed with the sound of its humbuckers, esp. the neck pickup, which has no distinctive qualities--none. I was hoping for a softer, rounder tone reflecting the higher placement. Now, I realize buying online was a mistake, but I did it after scouring the countryside here in Vermont for a jazz-type guitar. My question: Should I replace the pickup? Can I expect it to make a substantial difference, or is the 339 limited in ways that would make a replacement superfluous? I have in mind the Duncan SH1-b '59 model. Sells for $99, which I would gladly pay if improvement was substantial. I should add, I tried changing to flatwounds, and this also failed to help. My experience till now has been with acoustic guitars and the bass I currently play with a jazz trio, so I need your help! Thanks. Wylie
  7. The Epi 339 runs about $499 here in the US, and is, in many respects, worth the money. The guitar is fairly light, sits comfortably on the knee for seated playing, looks great, and has no cosmetic flaws that I can see. The fretboard is beautifully done, and all hardware works well and looks right. However, the guitar has problems. First, the top pickup is a snoozer--just not much there. If you are a jazz player looking for some subtle tones out of that pickup, you will be disappointed (as I was). I strung mine with flats--didn't help. Second, the action was far too high for comfortable chording; my luthier adjusted the bridge and truss rod, but most importantly lowered (shaved and re-slotted) the nut, which was too high and contributing much to the high action. It may be that I expected too much from this guitar. I bought it from an online retailer after looking in vain for weeks locally (we're pretty rural here); if I had played it before buying, I probably would not have bought it; after all, with the cost of the luthier and more cost for a new pickup, I will have spent up into a different quality of guitar.
  8. I am interested in the Ibanez line of jazz guitars. I was impressed by a video demo of the Artcore AS73 (produced by Yandas Music). If anyone has experience of any of this line, I'd like to hear your thoughts on quality, price--whatever impressed you (or turned you away). Thanks. Wylie
  9. Wylie

    Best jazz guitar?

    I am fairly new to this site, so I don't know if this topic has come up before. I currently play an Epi Les Paul, which is a great guitar; but I bought it mainly because the price was right (almost half price), and it weighs a ton. Still, great tone on the neck pickup with treble rolled all the way off. Because I play mostly jazz, I wonder if I might be better off with an Epi 339 style (or similar Gibson model, if it doesn't break the bank). Any thoughts on best jazz guitars, either slab body or hollow body? I am in the US. Thanks.
  10. MWH, the flats on my Epi Les Paul are 10s and the low E and the A string are very fat. Also, the 3rd is wound, which suits me. Really happy with how these D'addarios sound.
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