Both of you (and many others) are in good company!First lesson I showed up with my squire telecaster and he had his US tele out and he smiled and commented on how the tele neck pickup is the best jazz sound ever.
I've always been a believer the two most crucial components in achieving a specific tone are the amp and pickups. All the rest like woods, design, setting gauge blah blah blah, may have a small effect but nothing a typical music fan will notice.just points to the opinion (that I share as well), that wood isn't as important for tone than many think.
Not really. I was a total beginner, and still am. My schedule didn't work with the only openings he had so I stopped. I recently started lessons with a very good blues guitar teacher and I'm learning faster now. Im getting close, so a few wrong notes at the right time and I'll be doing some jazz soon. .Both of you (and many others) are in good company!
I'm sure that you have likely seen Ed Bickert before.
Wonderful that he is Canadian...makes me feel proud.
BTW ...Are you still playing any jazz guitar?