FN: Your Jazzmaster® accompanies you everywhere, and looks like it has seen some serious wear and tear …
NC: I bought it from Mike Watt (Minutemen/Firehose) in 1995 after our tour. He had it, and I was playing only Jaguar® guitars at that point and I had recorded Ball-Hog or Tugboat? with my ’66 Jaguar, and I saw Joe Baiza (Saccharine Trust) playing this guitar at a gig and he wasn't playing his sunburst Stratocaster® and I was like, “Joe man, what?” He said, “It's Watt's—he loaned it to me while my guitar's getting refretted.” I asked Watt, “Can I try it?” I didn't know the difference between the two guitars. I just wanted something with strings behind the bridge that felt great. He said, “I don't need this guitar.” He just kind of got it, I think, to blow up J Mascis when Firehose was out with Dinosaur Jr. He scooped him and went out and bought it from Guitar Maniacs of Tacoma. He said, “At the end of the tour, just buy it from me for what I paid for it.” So it was 800 bucks; a ’59. I think it is the original paint, very delicate paint. As it wears off, you can almost see that is eggplant. It's pretty worn, but it was in great shape when I got it.
When I got it, somebody had put pegs that were too fat and split the headstock, so it’s got these wood dowels and it’s glued. It’s always held, even touring with Watt. One time we were at Lollapalooza in Tempe, Ariz., and it was in the parked van, where it was 125 degrees—he had a temperature gauge in the van—and I thought, “This is the perfect test to see if this glue is going to hold.” It’s been fine. It’s been through everything in the just few years I've had it.
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