I own a Sonic Blue Jazzmaster reissue Crafted In Japan. The overall quality of the guitar displays excellent workmanship, the neck is particularly impressive for its very neat fretwork and gloss finish, and lovely body-matching headstock.
Sound wise, the guitar has a LOT of high end and gets weaker for the mids and bass, this can be too much when only the bridge pickup is on, so I have to roll off a lot of treble. When the neck pickup is on, I leave more treble, it has a fantastic bright jangle for rythm playing. I do not use the special rythm circuit often, as it take a lot of the pickups' clarity, but it is good to play with sometimes. The Jazzmaster sounds good clean, but my favorite spot is a nicely low amount of overdrive. It simply wont do high distortion, it sounds metalic and brittle, and has piercing microphonic feedback.
The Jazzmaster is known as a rythm guitar, and this is it's forte, but it can lend itself to low gain/clean lead easily. The fretboard action is much like a strat, but the increased string clearance over the body gives it a different playing feel, quite untypical of a fender.
The infamous Jazzmaster bridge is the guitar's main weakness as it reduces its reliability, durability and sustain. However, the tremolo is excellent for Jazz or Surf style down bends. It does not bend pitch very far, but has a nice smooth, springy operation.
|Nick Strowbridge's Ratings|
|Sound:||8 out of 10|
|Features:||9 out of 10|
|Action/Finish/Feel:||9 out of 10|
|Reliability/Durability:||7 out of 10|
|Overall Rating:||8 out of 10|
Submitted: 2005-06-07 Number of views: 4269