In the third episode of Fender’s Re-Creation Series, J Mascis the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Dinosaur Jr. gives the American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster a good workout playing “Freak Scene.”
The offset guitar wielding J Mascis blasts Freak Scene on one of the new Fender American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster models in the latest Re-Creation Series video uploaded to YouTube today.
The track taken from Dinosaur Jr‘s third album Bug was a huge Indie hit back in the late ’80s and is famous for its raucous opening riff, along with its epic guitar solo. I saw the band on that tour for the Bug album and they were ear bleedingly loud even back then!
The Purple One
You kind of expect J to be playing a purple coloured American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster, but maybe Fender will one day make him a custom one of his own.
Of course, J puts the acoustic through his pedalboard and gives it some dirt, which you just knew would happen even before you clicked on the video.
If you would like to emulate some of J’s guitar tones then I wrote this article back in 2016 for Gearnews. It describes how to get that huge guitar sound and talks about the gear Mr Mascis used on those classic Dinosaur Jr recordings and live.
Sweep It Into Space
Bug was a great album and was the last album with the original Dinosaur Jr lineup playing on it, before they reformed in more recent years. Their new album Sweep It Into Space is about to drop now on 23 April and it is already getting rave reviews, so make sure you go buy a copy!