An Elegant Guitar For The Sophisticated Player, The Jazzmaster Can Handle It All.
First introduced back in 1958, the Jazzmaster was a revolutionary instrument which like many of Fenders other designs, has hardly changed to this day. this says a lot more than any review can possibly say about it. It’s a testement to great guitar building and Fender instruments as a brand on the whole.
The brand new ergonomic offset-waist body design became an instant hit with players who preferred to sit down. This however doesn’t mean you can’t rock out on a Jazzmaster, it’s incredible weighting and balance make it a brilliant stage guitar for virtually any style.
The Jazzmasters Amazing, Yet Often Unnoticed Party Piece.
The tremolo system is and always has been one of the major selling points of the Stratocaster. The Jazzmaster and Jaguar guitars however have vastly different systems to that of the Strat and this is where the magic lies.
You may notice that the tremolo arm is positioned before the end of the string run as apposed to the usual bridge attachment. This is an incredible bit of design work at hand which many players actually miss out on, as the system is not as visible as a Stratocaster tremolo. Usually when you break a string on a Stratocaster, the entire guitar goes out of tune. Well thats not the case with the Jazzmaster. A nifty button at the front of the tremolo, slides forward to engage the ‘trem block’. This locks the Tremolo height into place so that even in the event of string breakage, your guitar will not go out of tune! We don’t need to tell you how effective this can be in a gigging situation.
V-Mod Single Coil Pickups
The brand new V-Mod single-coil pickups power this beast and have been designed for each individual pickup position from the ground up. These pickups actually mix alnico magnet types to allow for more powerful nuanced tones while still retaining the original Fender flavor. Sustain is improved, single-coil hum is eliminated and high end tones are actually clearer and more prominent. From trying these puppies out, they don’t sound like a rehash, these are totally re-imagined to the point where you will ‘feel’ a difference due to the improvement on picking dynamics and response. We absolutely love them.
A Brand New Treble Bleed Circuit
It’s all fine and good that Fender have created incredible pickups, but does this new Jazzmaster fully take advantage of them? Well thanks to radical new ‘Treble-Bleed’ circuity, these pickups can sing their finest song without even a shred of tone loss. This new circuitry makes use of the very best transistors and capacitors to ensure that when you turn your guitars volume down, no brightness or attack is lost within the circuit. This is a huge innovation in its own right and will be instantly noticeable to players when they experience the versatility that comes from being able to clean up dirt tones and change the guitars entire dynamic just via subtle turns of a volume/tone control. That’s another one off the list for Fender.
A Brand New Neck Profile
For 2017, Fender are going with an all new neck profile, the ‘Modern Deep C-Shape’. Now any good player will tell you that a neck profile is subject from player to player and what works well for some, may not work as well for others. Somehow Fender have taken this rule and torn it out of the book. this new profile is expertly designed to feel amazing in your hands while you play. This is actually all to do with a brand new fret design, the ‘Narrow Tall’ fret. This new shape makes bending strings effortless and accurate while keeping this guitar in perfect intonation.
New Hardshell Case
The Elite Molded Case features body-hugging contours to protect your cherished instrument, TSA latches for increased security and nested stacking ability for easy storage and secure transport.
Originally intended for sophisticated jazz guitarists, the Jazzmaster was quickly embraced by musicians attracted to its left-of-center looks and fat sound
- Body Material – Alder
- Body Finish – Gloss Polyurethane
- Neck Finish – Gloss Urethane Front, Satin Urethane Back (Maple), Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck with Gloss Urethane Headstock Face (Rosewood)
- Fingerboard – Maple or Rosewood, 9.5″ (241 mm)
- Frets – 22, Narrow Tall
- Position Inlays – Black Dot (Maple), White Dot (Rosewood)
- Nut (Material/Width) – Bone, 1.685″ (42.8 mm)
- Tuning Machines – Fender Standard Cast/Sealed Staggered
- Scale Length – 25.5″ (648 mm)
- Bridge – 9.5 inch Radius Jazzmaster/Jaguar Bridge with Vintage-Style Floating Tremolo with Tremolo Lock Button and Screw-in Tremolo Arm
- Prickguard – 3-Ply Black, 3-Ply Mint Green, 3-Ply Parchment
- Pickups – V-Mod Single-Coil Jazzmaster (Bridge/Neck)
- Pickup Switching – 3-Position Toggle
- Controls – Master Volume with Treble-Bleed, Master Tone
- Control Knobs – White “Witch Hat”
- Hardware Finish – Nickel/Chrome
- Case/Gig Bag – Elite Molded Case