mastermorya wrote:....the Esquire J. Mascis Jazzmaster...
mtotallywired wrote:There's no way the Squier Mascis is as good or better than the CP. Everything will be significantly cheaper in quality on the mascis. I know squier has significantly been getting better and better and better. but if you're choosing between the CP used and a squire mascis, unless you're gonna be doing some really really heavy modding, go with the used CP. It'll consistently hold a $500+ value. The neck's are fantastic, bursts are damn sexy, the torts I've seen rival even some of the AVRI stuff, the tremolo units are quality (complete with trem-loc!), and all of the components inside are CTS/switchcraft, even the tuners on all the ones i've played have held tune perfectly. The pickups are still decidedly jazzmasterish as they're in a jazzmaster afterall, but they have a warmer "growl" to them, since they share characteristics with a traditional p-90. Change the capacitor over to a Paper in Oil or even an orange drop and go with the traditional .03 value, and you'll get all that sparkle back! the only thing you'd really need to change (if you're a stickler) is the PVC wiring. It felt no less quality in make to me than an american standard strat or tele (which is $1000+). There isn't really a bad thing I can say about them except when they first came out there were people claiming QC issues, none of which I've ever experienced having owned one, and servicing many CP's for clients.
The Mascis on the other hand will undoubtedly be "cheaper" in all of these departments...so yes in essence, it's a modder's dream! But I'm sorry regardless of what you throw in there, squier will still be on the headstock, and it's resale despite all the mods you put into it, will be lower than what you paid for it new.
my vote - go for the CP.
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