NGD: "Bender" JM

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  1. budda

    budda Do not criticize as this Contributor

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    "Wait, didn't this guy get a Fender American Pro at the beginning of the year?" Yeah I did, but one of my friends who goes through high end stuff won't shut up about a shop's parts builds in Toronto. So here we are :lol:. (the Fender is still sweet and I'd buy another). First time relic owner, checking in.

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    Specs:
    Aged olympic white (MJT)

    Alder Body

    Maple Neck with Rosewood fretboard

    width at the nut is 1 5/8" , radius is 9.5, thickness at the 1st fret is .86" and at the 12th is .96", standard C neck profile with vintage tall frets.

    Pickup Wizard Jazzmaster pickups

    Relic'd hardware

    Impressions - damn! This thing is beefy! The standard C description is definitely a bit chunkier than your average standard C, and I'm good with that. Fender style guitars with beefy necks are my new jam, as it turns out. I'm guessing a bit of it has to do with the downbar, but the pickup wizard option in here sound nice and very full. I reduced a little bit of bass and added a little treble in my JM preset after tracking. Mark at Capsule was great to deal with, very quick to answer all of my questions.

    I'm going to log some hours with it this weekend - probably record another new song. Hurray for the pitch block ;).

    An a/b clip: (only thing changing in this clip is which JM is being used)
    https://soundcloud.com/sears-was-here/fender-and-bender-comparison
     
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    High Plains Drifter ... drifting...

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    I assume the Fender was first but idk. Both have tone for days. Congrats on the new addition... xtra sexy in the relicd olympic white.
     
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    Gonna let some guesses trickle in, probably clarify which is which tomorrow :lol:.

    Gotta eat some food, and then spend 4 hours playing it.
     
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    I think that's one of the most convincing relic jobs I've seen. If I didn't know any better I would think it's just an old instrument that's actually been abused.
     
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    MJT is always one of the first names for relic'd bodies or necks and I can see why. Pretty stoked to finally experience the work. The whole body has checking, which doesn't really show up in photos.

    I'm going to find some food, then log some hours.
     
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    oracles Australian in Canada

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    I had one of those AM pros in that finish, regularly regret selling it and this is driving my GAS for one waaaaay up again. I'm not normally a big relic fan either but thats pretty sweet looking. Congrats on the killer NGD
     
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    Very cool. Just yesterday, I finished a jazzmaster build. Sid all the electronics, painting, sanding, etc. its my first JM.
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    looks great!!

    love me some relic, especially on a JM-shape--something you don't see very often!
     
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    Shawn ESP • Ibanez Forum MVP

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    Very nice. Love the Olympic white. That’s what color my Made in Mexico Strat is. Love the relic look too. Congrats! They complement each other well. :yesway:
     
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    Thanks Shawn. The blue one goes to its new owner tomorrow. I had an oly white hss mim strat 6 or 7 years ago, this is my second time around haha.
     
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    They’re really underrated, the MIM Strats are a great guitar for the money. I got it as a gift from my father from Musicians Friend for about 299.99 back in 2000. It’s Got a maple fretboard. I love how it has these big dings and bruises all over it too. I’ve always thought the beat-up look looked really awesome on Strats. Eric Johnson was the main reason I wanted one. I chose Olympic White because it was my favorite finish, especially with the maple fretboard. :agreed:
     
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    The guitar looks like it has a story to tell. It sure looks good and since you don't have to worry about it getting scratch you can go on a musical rampage.:mf666:

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    High Plains Drifter ... drifting...

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    You've had plenty of time to eat! Which is which??
     
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    Right, that! Beefier one is the Bender.
     
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    So the 2nd one in the clip... Both sound amazing. Really envious... always gassing for JM's but yours put my gas thru the roof. Been looking at Squire's and thinking about doing my own relic... stripping/ oxidizing all hardware then going to town on the body/ fretboard. Maybe eventually. Thanks for the update, man.
     
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    budda Do not criticize as this Contributor

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    It goes Bender-Fender-Bender-Fender-Bender-Fender (haha).

    The Bender has 11-52s and the Pro has 10-46, but I bet with the same gauge they'd be a bit closer.

    The Pro is now with its very excited new owner.
     
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    Bender by a very slight margin sounds better.. fuller.
     
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    Perceptible in isolation and probably lost in any mix :lol:. Sticking with the 11-52 for now. Partially because thats what its set up for :lol:.
     
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    Just wanted to post an update after the JM's first trip to the tech.

    Turns out the treble side bridge height screw is seized, so the setup isn't 100%. My tech has offered to do the work for no extra charge if I decide to replace the bridge.

    I emailed Capsule to let them know about the seized screw, and they are sending me a replacement bridge. :yesway: to their customer service on that one.
     

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