Guitar gurus Fender continues its Fender Artist Signature series with the new J Mascis Telecaster.
If you know your guitarists, you’ll know the name J Mascis, although he started life as Joseph Donald Mascis Jr. Growing up in Amherst, Massachusetts, Mascis started off as a drummer at the age of nine before pivoting to guitar when he founded Dinosaur Jr. in 1984.
The band went on to help create alt-rock as we know it, releasing dozens of hits including Start Choppin, which was recorded with Mascis’s original Fender ‘58 Top-Loader Tele. Mascis was ranked number 86 in a Rolling Stone list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists”, and number five in a similar list for Spin magazine in 2012.
Sticking to his unique style, Fender worked closely with Mascis to recreate his infamous original 1958 top-Loader Tele guitar, the main axe he used in the mid-90s when he wrote some of his most iconic songs and lead work throughout his career.
The dazzling Bottle Rocket Blue Flake finish pulls inspiration from Mascis’ old drum set dating back to his early days. Uniquely made for Mascis’ playing style, the custom J Mascis Telecaster features pickups that are voiced to replicate the vintage tone of the original 1958 Telecaster pickups in Mascis’s guitar, a Top-Loader Telecaster Bridge that offers reduced string tension and a shallower break angle, and a “C” neck with a 9.5-inch radius and jumbo frets that provide easy playability and effortless bends.
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