Guitar Review

Fender Jazzmaster Review

Author: Fran

My Jazzmaster is a sunburst CIJ model that i purchased second hand off the 'bay.
The previous owner had had the guitar set-up including deepening the grooves on them notorious saddles, shimming the neck (something i did on my Jaguar which suffers the same problems) and some cosmetic changes like adding 'aged' knobs, pup covers, mint green pickguard and giving the guitar a relic'd look in general.
So it played well straight away. It's very similar to a Jag in terms of set-up, if you buy one new they need a fair bit of attention to get them playing at their best.
I advise anyone that considers buying a Jazzmaster (or Jaguar) to read the set-up FAQ on this website because you need a little patience and know how to get them at their best> or take it to a tech.

The Jazzmaster has standard scale length, P-90 type pups, a floating trem and dual circuit. The neck is quite comfortable and mine came set up with 11's and still felt easy to play.
The trem works great when you set it up correctly, its good for shimmers but nothing extreme and fairly stable tuning wise. The machine heads are stable as well.
Sounds> warmer than single coils but not as warm as Gibson type P-90's maybe due to the construction of the guitar, i'm not sure.

This guitar, like Jaguars looks great although it is slightly different and neither come cheaply. So once again i urge buyers to read up the facts on this guitar before shelling out and remember you'll need some patience and know how to get it playing at its best.
Thoroughly worth it as it is a beautifull guitar with some great tone in its stock form, upgrades are available ie> Mustang bridge (not a necessity) and hotter pups (something i'm considering) or vintage (AV) which depends on the style you play. They are the most common upgrades.

Consider the following ratings are on a 'stock' Jazzmaster that has been set-up correctly...

Fran's Ratings
Sound:9 out of 10
Features:7 out of 10
Action/Finish/Feel:9 out of 10
Reliability/Durability:9 out of 10
Overall Rating:9 out of 10

Submitted: 2006-04-15   Number of views: 4265