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NAMM 2018: Fender Celebrates 60 Years of the Jazzmaster Guitar

NAMM 2018: Fender Celebrates 60 Years of the Jazzmaster Guitar
NAMM 2018: Fender Celebrates 60 Years of the Jazzmaster Guitar

We've seen a great number of NAMM 2018 Fender Guitars this year, including the fabulous Eric Johnson Thinline Stratocaster, the new American Original Strats, American Original Telecasters, the Fender FSR MIJ Traditional '60s Strat (to name one of the new Made-in-Japan limited edition guitars) and the LTD American Elite Nashville Tele (one of the new Parallel Universe guitars coming this year).

Fender has also been celebrating the 60th anniversary of the iconic Jazzmaster guitar, and we've been introduced to some great new models with a mix of old and new features, not to mention the fantastic vintage-inspired finishes.

The 60th Anniversary '58 Jazzmaster RW (here in 2-Tone Sunburst) features the same rhythm/lead electronic circuits as the original '58 Jazzmaster. Fender has recreated the original Jazzmaster prototype and say that this guitar, "is your chance to experience this game-changing instrument in its original form."

The word 'vintage' is peppered all over the spec sheet; everything from the vintage-tall frets to the vintage clay dot inlays, vintage-style single coil Jazzmaster pickups, vintage-style floating tremolo, vintage-style tweed case: we're left in no doubt as to what this guitar is all about!

The '58 Jazzmaster features the same (CITES un-friendly) rosewood fingerboard as the original 1958 guitar, so try it while you can because this specification will be harder and harder to find. With the true gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, it looks fantastic and will age gracefully too.

The 60th Anniversary Jazzmaster PF (here in Vintage Blonde) features '60s style pickups. In Fender's words:

"The duet of Classic Series ‘60s Jazzmaster single-coil pickups have the authentic sound that made the Jazzmaster a darling of the underground. Warm and dynamic, they have just the right amount of punch for any music. The uber-flexible control scheme includes the famous Jazzmaster lead/rhythm circuit, unleashing an unheard-of variety of easily accessible tones from a single guitar."

This guitar combines vintage and modern, giving vintage-inspired looks and sound with modern playability specifications. The 9.5'' radius and narrow/tall frets should ensure a modern playing feel which will be popular with today's players.

The 60th Anniversary Triple Jazzmaster (here in Daphne Blue) has a triple pickup setup; those pickups being designed by Tim Shaw. The Filter'Tron pickup covers hint at the sound of this guitar and it delivers a " throaty, powerful-sounding bridge pickup is matched to chiming neck and middle pickups for flexible sound."

The Triple Jazzmaster has a standard 5-way pickup switch (Stratocaster-style) in combination with a 2-way toggle switch, which uses position 3 on the pickup selector to activate the neck and bridge pickups in tandem. This guitar also features the more modern playing specification in combination with vintage-inspired looks and sound; we think it'll be a very versatile instrument and it certainly has a stand-out look, just like the original.

The original '58 Jazzmaster guitar was introduced at the 1958 NAMM show, and it seems fitting that Fender waits 60 years to release an anniversary model at the exact same location. The Jazzmaster was originally produced as a more expensive Stratocaster; it was designed for jazz guitarists but found favour amongst surf rock players and later in alternative rock. These new models take inspiration from the original guitar but should appeal to players of all genres.

We've seen a lot of Fender Gear from NAMM 2018 so recommend you have a look around the gear4music website and see what's new.

For some more information, check out our other Fender NAMM 2018 news stories:

 

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By Matt Wilkinson

Posted on 29 Jan 2018 16:09 to category : Instruments News

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