Fender is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its left-field Jazzmaster with three new versions of the Indie favourite, born in 1958
Launched with the intention that it would be a top-of-the-line electric guitar for jazz musicians, Fender says: ‘…later the sound and easily modifiable style attracted counterculture and misfit players, including aficionados of surf guitar – who rarely hesitated to personalise their instruments and make a sound of their own. Over the past 60 years, players across genres have wielded Jazzmaster guitars – from J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) and Elvis Costello to Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age), Jimmy Smith (Foals), Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine), Chelsea Wolfe and Jim Root (Slipknot)’.
The three new takes on the old favourite are limited edition models including: the Limited Edition 60th Anniversary ’58 Jazzmaster, Triple Jazzmaster and Classic Jazzmaster.
The original ‘58 Jazzmaster boasted a distinctive offset waist, the controversial rhythm/lead circuit and was actually the first Fender guitar to sport a rosewood fingerboard. The manufacturer says the 60th Anniversary ‘58 Jazzmaster ‘…accurately recreates the bold and distinctive look and feel of the original 1958 prototype, giving players a taste of the Jazzmaster in its original form. The Limited Edition 60th Anniversary ’58 Jazzmaster is offered in 2-Colour Sunburst’.
The Triple Jazzmaster, meanwhile, features triple-pickups by Tim Shaw and comes in a fetching Daphne Blue.
The Classic Jazzmaster updates the classic 1966 model ‘…with features that modern, creative players are sure to appreciate,’ Fender says. In effect it is a reproduction of the 1966 Jazzmaster, which at the time, was updated with a bound neck, block inlays and a matching painted headstock, helping to make it one of the most sought-after Jazzmasters. The Classic comes in Daphne Blue, Black, Vintage Blonde, and Fiesta Red.
Available immediately: Limited Edition 60th Anniversary ‘58 Jazzmaster – £1,919
Available September 2018: Limited Edition 60th Anniversary Triple Jazzmaster – £1,779 and Limited Edition 60th Anniversary Classic Jazzmaster – £1,049.