J Mascis Squier Jazzmaster Upgrades

Although I really like the sound of the stock J Mascis Squier Jazzmaster I decided to play around with it some. First I put a Seymour Duncan Antiquity II in the neck position which sounds great. Next upgrade is going to be this 1958 style wiring harness I picked up on Reverb.com. Hopefully I’ll get around to that over the weekend.

1958 style Jazzmaster harness

1958 style Jazzmaster harness




Of Bikes and Tights and Tiger Balm

Tiger-BalmI’ve been seeing mentions here and there recently about Embrocation (as it relates to cold weather bicycle riding) and thought I’d do a little experiment this morning. I ride pretty much year-round and my average speeds, while usually slow, have been absolutely abysmal since it turned cold. I’ve tried to avoid thinking about the whole average speed thing since it leads to unnecessarily depressing thoughts. At this time of year I’m really just trying to rack up as many miles as possible before the New Year anyway, or so I keep telling myself.

I didn’t have anything fancy around to work with at home this morning so it came down to a choice between Bengay and Tiger Balm. Tiger Balm won out. I can’t stand the smell of Bengay.

(so get to the point already robert…..).

Anyway a quick rubdown on my legs before putting on my bike tights this morning and my average speed was up by 2 mph over my 8.5 mile ride. Not bad. Not a very scientific test and an extremely small data sampling, but I’m excited to pursue this further (as if you cared) Well maybe a few people care about such things.


Cut to the next day……

From the folks who make Chamois Butt'r

From the folks who make Chamois Butt’r

This just arrived. It comes in Warm and Hot. I just rubbed some of the hot on and I’m not feeling much heat, but I’ll give it a try next time I go out on the bike and will report back here.

Happy Straturday

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Just a little sumthin' I threw together. Hope you enjoy it.

1980s MiJ Fender Stratocaster with Texas Specials pickups, Mojotone wiring, brass replacement tremelo block. Strymon BigSky reverb, Grey Skies preset, TC Ditto Looper, TC Flashback, Fulltone OCD, Mojotone Tweed Deluxe clone amp. Saint Johnny Cash Prayer Candles from Etsy.

J Mascis Jazzmaster & Mojotone Tweed Deluxe Demo

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j mascis jazzmaster demo

I’ve been meaning to make a short video demo video of the Mojotone Tweed Deluxe kit Clay and I built, but before I got around to doing that I ended up buying a Fender Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster which I really, really like a lot. So why not make a video demo using both? Better yet, why not make it after a sleepless night at the end of a really hard week when I’m feeling totally fried?

Just for fun I’ve also setup the Tweed Champ amp we built on an ABY switch with the Deluxe. I’m playing the Jazzmaster through a Strymon BigSky for reverb. During the demo I also use a Fulltone OCD and a tc electronic flashback. Video shot with my Samsung Galaxy 4, rubber-banded to a mike stand. No post processing on the audio. That’s one of my Beagles barking in the background at the end, and yes, those are LL Bean flannel boxers if you must know.

Hope you enjoy.



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