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Who knows about a J.B. Player?
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I picked this up a little while back off of craigslist for $50. It needed some locking bolts for the nut and a trem arm too. So all in all it was about $65. Although it's some kind of knockoff, I went to check it out on the basis alone that it looked cool. I found out that it's loaded up with a Kahler style tremolo and some 'Select' EMG pickups, which I have never heard of. Also the owner of it claimed it had a wireless system built into it, saying that's what the switch with the LED is for. Suprisingly enough it plays great. The neck is very true, and by the tint of the finish on the back of it I'm assuming it's quite a few years old. Looks like a child of the 80's. Anyways, I have some pics of it and was wondering if anyone knew about these guitars, because I can't find info on them anywhere online.

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Post Date: 7/28/2009 @ 8:52 pm
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They make some nice acoustic guitars, but, before this one, I had never seen a JB Player electric guitar.

Post Date: 7/29/2009 @ 7:51 am

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-They made some decent guitars. I was really into one of their guitars that looked a little like a Tele Thinline. It had a single lighting bolt f-hole on it and had a 'bucker in the bridge. I used to play it quite a bit at my local shop before someone else bought it. I haven't seen them around for quite a few years now.

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Post Date: 7/29/2009 @ 5:42 pm

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That's cool they made a semi-hollow. I've tried researching it a bunch but still, nothing seems to be published on them besides the acoustics that are for sale now.

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Post Date: 8/2/2009 @ 9:37 am

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-Huh. The one I was wishing I could own was probably from '90 - 93 or so. I don't remember exactly, but she sure was sweet.

L8R,
Matt

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"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.."

Abraham Lincoln



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Post Date: 8/2/2009 @ 2:26 pm

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lukybob said:

They make some nice acoustic guitars, but, before this one, I had never seen a JB Player electric guitar.

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I bought one of their acoustics back in 1986. Still have it till this day. Still plays and sounds great!



Post Date: 8/2/2009 @ 8:22 pm

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A friend of mine recently gave me a JB Player guitar that has a Gibson Explorer style body and I can't seem to find out any info on it. It has the same tremolo as the strat-style one above but two of the screws (called fine tuners, I think) are missing. Does anyone know where I can get replacements?

Post Date: 12/4/2009 @ 3:06 pm

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its probably a pretty oddball item, either try 1) ask at the local music store if they have a 'junk box' or drawer where they keep miscellaneous stuff floating around 2) search everywhere you can on stewmac.com or 3) go to google and search for "kahler tremolo parts"...

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Post Date: 12/7/2009 @ 9:02 pm

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The bridge design, if memory serves me correctly, was a failure. All of the tension of the strings came to bear on the small metal strip in the front, that was held by two wood screws. The metal that the bridge frame was made of was so poor in quality, that it warped under the string tension, until tremolo movement was no longer possible, because the mounting frame, and the tremolo portion were mashed up against each other. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that type of thing happens some times. There were lots of design failures, even from some of the biggest names in the business. That is why you rarely see those guitars anymore. Almost none of them are playable, at least as a tremolo guitar.
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Post Date: 12/9/2009 @ 11:56 pm

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j.b. players were pretty common back in the 80's-early 90's. they were comparable to arbor or cort (copy guitars).
they made a few good ones w/ kahler tremolos after the above mentioned problems. it"s a brad gillis(night ranger) type copy w/ the built in wireless.the wireless was a nady 501 if i remember right so you maybe able to use it.the 1 you have is 1 of the better made ones. great find for $50.

Post Date: 12/16/2009 @ 7:20 am

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blues n cues said:

j.b. players were pretty common back in the 80's-early 90's. they were comparable to arbor or cort (copy guitars).
they made a few good ones w/ kahler tremolos after the above mentioned problems. it"s a brad gillis(night ranger) type copy w/ the built in wireless.the wireless was a nady 501 if i remember right so you maybe able to use it.the 1 you have is 1 of the better made ones. great find for $50.


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It was a cool guitar......... I have actually sold it since for a number of reasons - too many guitars, tone knob stopped working, too lazy to fix while working on other guitars, and too small for my hands. I have like, Buckethead size hands.. felt like I was playing a Squier Bullet Smiley

If no one's bought it, it should be over at Daddy's Junky Music in Orange, CT. Which I might add, is an excellent store for cheap used gear.

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Post Date: 12/17/2009 @ 1:59 am

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DUDES!!!
Ive had the same JB for almost 20 years. I love it. Most Do not know but remeber the chick band VIXEN, these gals are the ones who put jb's on the map. ultimatly Fender owns them now, and they kept the accoustics and basses. They discontinued the electrics because, what they told me last year when i was looking for another one, they were to much competetion with the Fenders.... Yes JB has cheap models, as do all. ( sledge hammer jb cheap one) but the other two from the early 90's Rocked. Check out vixen on utube they play JBs. In the later 90's they came out with nice wood finishes etc. but the early l80-early 90's models are like what i still play today. Locking nuts, floyd rose fine tuners etcs. and the humer with two singles. amongst other things I love about the wonderful machine, is that there are 3 toggle switches when all are in the up position, the guitar completely shuts down. AWSOME. I'll never part with this guitar. I sure would like to find others once my boys get old enough they ar egonna need something bluesy rockish to play. If any of you find one and dont want it for yourself give me a heads up.

Post Date: 7/30/2011 @ 12:43 am

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I had a white J. B. Player Tele in the early 80's that was hotter'n a two-dollar pistol (I know that's a bit of a mixed-metaphor, but I like the way it sounds. It wasn't stolen which is what the "ol' sayin' refers to). It was a great ax with the Fender style head-stock, super twangy. I sold it to my nephew to buy an American Strat. Truthfully, the Player was in no way inferior to the Strat, I just had to own a Strat for a while.

Post Date: 3/19/2012 @ 9:22 pm

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