Guitar Review

Fender Jazzmaster Review

Author: wilko

Having just read a review of the Fender Jazzmaster posted by "Jazzman" I thought I should say this in support. Flatwound strings are an absolute MUST on this guitar. I won't go into the technical reasons because they are all competently covered in Jazzman's review but I just thought it's worth stating in no uncertain terms again. Flatwound strings are a MUST.

I have been playing a strat and occasionally a telecaster for many years. Roundwounds not a problem. I also play a Gibson J200 acoustic. True, roundwounds have more clarity and a brighter tone - especially the newer breed such as Elixir strings, which have a special "nanoweb" coating. These strings really do what they say and stay "bright" for far longer that traditional strings - even more so than than the 3 - 4 times longer as advertised I'd say.

However, having recently purchased a Jazzmaster I ignored the advice about using flatwounds, thinking that my experiences with the new breed of strings was sure to suit the Jazzmaster too. I was wrong. I've only had the guitar for a week and have already tried out four sets of strings! I'm no fool but I just couldn't get the thing to stay in tune or be satisfied with the intonation using roundwounds. And yes, even with the new bridge on the Jazzmaster Classic Player the strings still rattled. So, I thought I'd try a set of flatwound strings. Rotosound 12s. What a joy! Plays like a dream. So. Did I say tis before? Flatwound strings are a MUST on the Jazzmaster!!

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

Submitted: 2009-10-06   Number of views: 4337