The 1975 Jazzmaster is the last of the "early" Jazzmasters to be made before the line was (sadly) discontinued. This was a crime to end all crimes, but that's a whole debate in and of itself. The Jazzmaster, at this point, was still made in the USA, which means that it predates Fender's Asian outsourcing (and subsequent lapse in quality). The guitar has two single-coil pickups (large, white rectangular ones), and has a selector switch that is similar to a Gibson Les Paul's (three-way). There are unique volume dials that are mostly within the body of the guitar, on the higher part of the guitar. These are rollers that are strange at first but eventually you get used to them. Other features include the Rosewood fingerboard, the alder body, the floating bridge (a really cool feature that is not replicated on many of Fender's other guitars).
This guitar plays really well. It's fantastic for smooth rhythm playing as well as leads. I have not really ever had a problem getting a good sound from it. It has more low end and "oomph" to it than most other Fenders do, which is nice. Leads play smoothly and crisply, I have greatly enjoyed using this guitar in that respect. It's a little heavier than most Fenders but it's not as much of a burden as the Les Paul or a bigger arch-top hollowbody. It's got a strange design too, but you'll get used to that quickly.
The Jazzmaster doesn't have the bright, shimmering high end attack of a Strat, or the tough versatility of a Telecaster, but it does have a really unique sound of it's own. Rocking out is actually easier to do on this guitar, as it's more capable of getting saturated, heavier tones than the other Fenders, but it also maintains a high clarity more than a heavy guitar with humbuckers (like a Les Paul) does. It also is a great choice for people who really like to get crazy with effects, as it will feedback but not in an overly harsh way.
I like the sound of this guitar the best. I'm also a big fan of the floating bridge, the tremolo bar gives you much more control over the vibrato than most other tremolo systems do. I hate overdoing whammy bar bends, and this system tends to prevent that for the most part. It's expensive to get an original Jazzmaster, and some of the reissues are ok, but in my opinion they aren't as excellent as the originals are. I'd definitely go with an older, American version of this guitar than a later one, as they don't exactly hold up as well. Highly recommended.
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chaton's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
My Jazzmaster is a 62 RI Made in Japan in 2003.
The features are simple and it's not me who's complaining!
Channel trs comfortable, neither too small nor too large, a pure pleasure!
The Jazzmaster has a look trs particular, we like it or dtest, but there is not insensitive, mine is candy apple red, the finish is exemplary so I do not see why you would pay 1500E a RI United States while the japanese are just as good at violin, the difference in price is really not justified and I speak knowingly try to have 2 MODELS before my achat.Les mcaniques although the agreement and take the guitar sounds of the Premire dernire box with as much sustain or almost!
I play things both east blues, jazz and rock the noisy sonic youth and all styles of guitar suits me perfectly. I had a Start, a jaguar and when I tried the Jazzmaster, it was a rvelation finally I found a scratch that was perfect for me because what they say the Jazzmaster is to a rare versatility .... Just listen it's unclear whether characteristic, velvety, full and deep fall in love! Few guitars can boast as many characters from the telecaster, I mean the one that we recognize the ds Premire Notes cheeks.
This sound is so silky of their microphones, with simple large magnets if moves away from p90.
Distortion in the sound is full and gets dirty pretty quickly that I really appreciate not liking the guitar sounds too clean! The comfort is perfect, its not like the fender jaguar sis possde a smaller pitch (but even when a lot of charm).
If you want to listen the sound Jazzmaster while you lean on albums by Sonic Youth as dirty, goo, experimental jet set and no star ... the dinosaur jr or the first album of The Cure.
It's pretty weird to see that in jazz or blues, trs few people use this guitar because it has a real personality I use it for jazz and Tone with a zero ds amp lamps with a little reverb is sublime!
I have this guitar for a month and 900E is a good report qualitprix.
This is the first time I am completely satisfied with a guitar even if I think I kept my Start and my jaguar financirement if I had had the means.
Nothing wrong! :-B
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Lonesomeboy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
MODEL 2003 Japanese reissue 62.
Two single coil pickups HUGE.
Two Tone indpendant circuits. A circuit with clear treble powerful circuit "jazz" with a tone a little softer.
These MODELS Japanese have little envy amricains MODELS (I tried both) Trs good quality instrument making (at least on The models in 2003 - with a serial number beginning with a Q; a rumor that the productions postrieures are slightly less good). The pickups are trs MODELS correct these, but better to change them (the Seymour Duncan are parat it, excellent.
Now, the bulk of the Jazzmaster default: an easel design stupid. On the one hand, the strings move sometimes when buggers. On the other hand, the guitar buzz a lot because of this attachment Systm ropes (ropes hanging bridge and at least twenty centimtres below)
So derrire the bridge, the strings of power failure o the parasite rather lightweight, but pnible over time. But the problem can be easily rsolu by installing a Mustang bridge (30 10 seconds to install), prservant of many worries. You can also climb ropes trs deep draft or install a system that spcial, screwed the front of vibrato, which gives the tension in the strings derrire the bridge - but it is far from 'lgant be ...
Another small problem with this page ... easel, the SETTING THE height of the strings is complicated DIY trs same.
So in 10/10 CHARACTERISTICS for a bridge with Jazzmaster Mustang (one wonders why Fender does not install them in SERIES)
All those who have tried my guitar t have all agreed: The handle is incredibly comfortable, it is immediately comfortable.
I love the shape of the Jazzmaster. Nice shape and large body, it is quite heavy, but we are still far from the trs weight of a Les Paul. The only small problem is that, given the scale - much suprieures that of a stratum or tl the Jazzmaster does not fit into the standard guitars tuis.
The sound is magical no matter what the position of microphones selected ... Trs good sustain for a fender, but also a standard precision ...
I love this guitar compltement. She knows everything, but its fawn. I never jou on a guitar that had so many characters. It is recognizable agreement jou.
On the micro serious clean sounds are relatively dry and prcis without being too cold, cold compresses are incredibly soft and treble trs.
Intermdiaire position - low and high shuffled his trs dry and cold, magical lights on my amp, it produces a natural espce chorus is just amazing to hear ...
Micro acute: the ultra slamming, pchu wish, relatively bold, but especially acute for a fte. Cocks for rhythm.
Attention, unlike the rumor, the Jazzmaster is trs comfortable in saturation and big sound. But all dpend the amp used. With a boss OD-1 pedals, I never make a sound saturated russi correct. But with my prampli lamps, this guitar is the road sacrment saturation.
Otherwise, this guitar is may be not as good as the stratum or P for solos, but I find that even in this area - which may be its weak point, it is far from be ridiculous.
Finally, an incredible, versatile and extremely typ. This guitar sounds magical, just listen to the Cure, Sonic Youth, God Speed You Black Emperor, Pulp, Radiohead, Dinosaur Junior ... We can do everything with this guitar, except the TRS can be big sound - mtal, hard rock super heavy.
For me, the most beautiful guitar in the world.
I do not know anyone who has tried this without scratching compltement fall in love ...
I've had six months and I do not think I get bored one day, I sell it for anything.
Looking for a fender moves away from strotype Start, this guitar is for you!