This review is about the Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster . I have been a fan of a My Bloody Valentine , Swervedriver , Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth going back to my high school days . The guitarist's from these bands seemed to prefer this guitar . They wore them slung low and rode the tremolo like a roller coaster through a daisy chain of fuzz , delay and reverb . The surf bands from the 1960's seemed to like them through a dense Fender reverb tank . Maybe it's the soapbox humbuckers but guitarist's across generations seem to use these guitars as the gate way to a wall of sound .
I own several Fenders . They are my favorite Guitar maker . i have had minor problems over the years with a burr on the saddle of my American standard Tele that would cause strings to break occasionally . Other then that it's a home run for fender . I have never payed more then $ 900 for a fender and that includes a Squire Stratocaster which I adore . So yeah , 5 Americans , 1 japanese , 1 Mexican and 1 Taiwanese build and only one minor defect (on an American!) That is a great track record . This is a well built and solid guitar . 21 frets with a Rosewood fret board .
There is a special design hot bridge pickup and hot neck pickup . A 3 position toggle for pickup configuration and lead and rhythm volume and tone controls . A sweet tremolo with a floating tail piece . Tuners that hold their tune when using that tremolo . My only issue with this guitar is the 25.5 inch scale length . I'm used to it now . I'm most comfortable with a 24 inch scale length . It's on all my other Fenders and this is a recent change with the Jazzmaster from it's previous 24 inch scale . It just means my fingers have to spread that much more which can at times be a little uncomfortable .
It sounds good .It sounds real good . Assuming you have it set up to your liking , The tone is fat and hot . Those pickups pour out hot tone into what ever pedals and amp I have them chained to . Surfing on the tremolo is a lot of fun and sounds great to . I have enjoyed recording with this guitar . Add a good mic and pre and it punches the ticket in a full weighty way .
I don't know what has brought you to be interested in a Jazzmaster . It's not exactly a mainstream guitar . If you want one chances are you have exquisite taste like I do
and don't need reassurance . You know your going to love it . It's a fine guitar !