Sonic Youth’s Lee Renaldo And Thurston Moore To Get Signature Series Fender JazzMaster

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Lee and Thurston have always heavily modified their Jazzmaster guitars-
removing all extraneous controls- simplifying and stripping them back
to their essence, leaving just a 3 way switch and a volume knob. In
many ways these 2 instruments are similar, yet in almost every major
way (pickups, bridges, frets, pickguard) they are totally different.
“After playing and slaying Fender Jazzmasterz for the last 20+ years we
are totally PSYCHED and HONORED to have our very own

Each SY Jazzmaster comes with a custom sticker sheet and a full-color,
24 page ‘zine that contains photos, set lists, tuning charts,
illustrations, tech info and extensive interviews. Designed and laid
out by Lee himself, this is the definitive insider’s guide to all
things Jazzmaster in the world of Sonic Youth. Lee and Thurston’s
guitars have mostly been handled by 4 crew techs since 1990, so the SY
sound guy Aaron Mullan called techs Nic Close, Eric Baecht, Jim Vincent
and Matt Zivich to ask about the evolution of their guitars over that

“When Fender came to us with an offer to make signature models of our
Jazzmaster guitars we jumped at the chance. These are the guitars that
have defined the sound of Sonic Youth for more than 20 years. Although
we love all guitars, Jazzmasters are the ones we’ve modified and
perfected for our uses over the years. With massive input from our
great road crew we’ve come up with a Thurston Jazzmaster & Lee
‘Jazzblaster’ that fully reflect the current state of the guitars we
play in 2009. In fact, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on these axes
- the prototypes of our Fender models have already been thrust into
action during the recording of our latest album, ‘The Eternal’, and
have already begun to acquire the scrapes and scarz of live
performance. These guitars rock Sonic style!”
- Thurston Moore/Lee Ranaldo

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.

  • Anonymous

    how much? how much?