NPR caught up with Neko Case recently to discuss her favorite piece of gear - a 1960 Fender Jazzmaster. She makes a couple of interesting comments about the guitar in the interview but the one that sticks out the most to me is how the guitar resonates. My recent main electric squeeze is an early 1965 Fender Jazzmaster. This was the first thing I noticed upon strumming the guitar for the first time. The pre-CBS Fenders have a lightness in the build that translates in to full body/neck resonance. She likes hers because of how the low end frequencies resonate into the body of the guitar and into hers as she's singing/playing. It helps her with her live vocal tuning.
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Singer Neko Case performs at the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival with her beloved Fender Jazzmaster.
While she may have been confused about the difference between Gibson's P-90 pickup and a Fender Jazzmaster pickup, I'll give her a pass and move on to the next comment about new guitars. She goes on to quote a friend, "There are at least five to seven songs in every new guitar." -Brian Connolly. Case attributes the gear acquisition syndrome that many musicians suffer from to this quote. When I buy a new guitar (or at least new to me), it makes me play it. It consumes my mind. I play it to its strengths and not the strengths of my last guitar. Powerful stuff, Neko. Listen to the interview here:
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