Monday, January 28, 2013

New Fender Jazzmaster! AVRI 1962 reissue

Next month is my and my wife's 10 year anniversary. In honor of such a special occasion, she's given me this:


(I'm giving her a ring. Don't worry, she knows.)

It's a Fender 1962 American Vintage Reissue Jazzmaster. Pretty much the last one anywhere in the United States that we could find - they've been replaced by the 1965 version that's almost the exact same thing for nearly $1,000 more. Fender's really gotten ridiculous. I was lucky to find this, even though black wasn't my first choice. I'm warming up to it, though. Maybe I'll throw a gold pickguard and black pickup covers on there at some point.

I've wanted an American Jazzmaster for seriously like 25 years, ever since I first saw My Bloody Valentine using them (and then pretty much every other favorite band I had in the early 90's). Sure, I've had my Japanese one for almost 6 years now and I love it, but I always wondered what I was missing and had a little bit of an inferiority complex about it. So this is seriously like a dream come true for me.

I'll have a lot more on this later, including a big comparison between my Japanese and American Jazzmasters, and a little disappointment I had upon receiving this that's thankfully now been rectified. All that soon!


(There's no actual size difference; the American one is slightly closer to the camera.)

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This is increasingly not a blog about Alphabet City, New York. I used to live in the East Village and work on Avenue B, but I no longer do. Why don't I change the name if I'm writing about Japan and video games and guitars? Because New Yorkers are well-rounded people with varied interests, and mine have gone increasingly off the rails over the years. And I don't feel like changing the name. I do still write about New York City sometimes.

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I'm married. I like to travel. I have no kids. I have a house... that I'm bad at maintaining. I used to collect classic video games. I own a lot of musical equipment that far outstrips my ability to use it. When I was younger, I was in a band. I like gadgets, and I'm an Android guy. Someday, I would like to live on a different planet.

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