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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

Fender Jazzmaster Ultralight Amp Head  

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    Portable, powerful, and packed!

    You'll appreciate the Fender Jazzmaster Ultralight on your way to the gig, and love it when you start playing. It weighs just 7-1/2 pounds, gives you a sparkling clean channel, a tube emulated drive channel with Twin voicing, a block of 16 digital effects, and lots o' watts (250W @ 2 ohms). It is voiced for jazz and guitarists who like to keep it clean. Pair it with an Ultralight 112 enclosure and you have a pro rig that can cut any gig. High- and low-gain inputs, XLR line out with level and ground lift, DSP effects on each channel, tuner jack with mute, headphone jack, 3-band EQ on each channel, 3-button footswitch footswitch for channel switching and effects on/off, and Speakon-style Switchcraft output connectors. Special docking system keeps it firmly fastened to the Ultralight Jazzmaster cabinet (sold separately).

    Features
    • 250W @ 2 ohms internal
    • 2 channels (clean and drive with tube emulation)
    • High- and low-gain inputs
    • Speaker-emulated XLR line out with level control and ground lift
    • 3-band EQ on each channel
    • Gain on drive channel
    • Volume on both channels
    • DSP effects on each channel (reverb, delay, chorus, flange, Vibratone, tremolo, and combinations)
    • Effects level control on each channel
    • DSP select (16 positions) on each channel
    • Tuner output with mute
    • Headphone output
    • Switchcraft locking speaker connectors (Neutrik Speakon compatible)
    • Special docking system mates with Ultralight speaker enclosure to keep head in place
    • 3-button footswitch, padded gig bag, and 22" locking speaker cable included

    Be a jazz master on the Fender Jazzmaster Ultralight and be free of heavy lifting.

     

    Jazzmaster Ultralight Amp Head Specifications:

    • 4"H x 12"W x 8-1/4"D
    • 7-1/2 lbs
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    4.8

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    Easy to live with

    I've been gigging with this amp for over two years. It delivers the clean jazz tone with both a warm low end and a Fender-esque sparkle in the highs. Yes, the amp is...Read complete review

    I've been gigging with this amp for over two years. It delivers the clean jazz tone with both a warm low end and a Fender-esque sparkle in the highs. Yes, the amp is small and light, but so is the speaker cab. With a backpack guitar bag and a folding music stand, I can get in and out of any venue in one trip. It's the sound that really sells, though. I took part in a clinic this summer and after my combo's turn on the stage one of the "pros" leading the clnic sought me out to tell me how much he liked my tone. My Heritage archtop is nice, but give this amp the credit - it really delivers. But here's the clincher: use the footswitch to kick it to the second channel, turn the gain knob up about a quarter and plug in a tele - instant blues tone. Granted, it's not a Dr. Z or even a '65 Reissue Deluxe Reverb, but it's a useable tone. And in either channel, when you need it, this amp is LOUD. What would I change? I'd add a cover for the speaker cab. Sometimes the piggyback configuration is a minor pain to set up, as opposed to just plugging in a combo and playing. But I have to admit that two lightweight packages are easier to haul than one heavier one. The price is high, but the amp does what it was designed to do, and does it well.

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    Electrifying

    I bought one, used it on a gig, got shocked through the mic, took it back, they gave me another, I still got shocked. Other than getting shocked nearly to death(saw...Read complete review

    I bought one, used it on a gig, got shocked through the mic, took it back, they gave me another, I still got shocked. Other than getting shocked nearly to death(saw black spots, fainted and my heart was beating funny) I loved the amp. I got rid of the amp. If they have corrected this problem, I would try this amp again. It sounded great!

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    3.0

    Electrifying

    By Brad Orcutt

    from Nashville

    I bought one, used it on a gig, got shocked through the mic, took it back, they gave me another, I still got shocked. Other than getting shocked nearly to death(saw black spots, fainted and my heart was beating funny) I loved the amp. I got rid of the amp. If they have corrected this problem, I would try this amp again. It sounded great!

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    5.0

    Great Tone Tool

    By Scout671

    from Guam USA baby!

    this amp is great for any guitarist who is looking for a good all around, do-it-all amp. it does not rock like a 5150, or get the tonal depth of a tube driven twin, but it does get in the proximity of those tones well. i use a fulltone mosfet and can pull up practically any tone i need in the tonal spectrum. does it sound exactly like a tube amp? no, but it is warm and great sounding and will inspire you to play. only caveat, it runs into a 2 ohm speaker cabinet which limits the options that adding an extension cabinet offers. other than that, awesome product!

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    5.0

    HIGH QUALITY SOUND - ULTA LIGHT WEIGHT

    I've had this a few months now and kike it more every time I play out with it. I sold all my tube amps when I got it. I've had every Fender tube amp up to a Deluxe Reverb. I just played at a jam at a club and walked in the the amp, speaker and my guitar in one load plugged in and let it rip. The Acoustic version of this has been my main acoustic vocal amp for several years. I finally broke down and gave this a try even thou it is a bit expensive. I use mostly Gibsons with P-90s and Humbuckers. This thing is clean as country water from low to loud as you want to get. Everyone in the place walked up and had to see what the heck it was. I do not use the gain channel yet as I'm not a gain type player. A friend that likes gain however was trying it out after a gig and I put him on the gain channel. Tell you what. There is nothing wrong with that end of it. Its nothing like any of the simulations on a Roland Cube. If you like clean jazz, blues, country, rock all of it and are tired of lugging around a Twin this baby is for you. Its not a cheap noise maker amp for kids. Its for adult serious players that are into sound quality and can afford nice amps to go with their nice guitars. Sorry if I offend anyone with that.

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    5.0

    Great Amp

    By Garry Renfro

    from Greeneville, Tennessee

    I have had this amp almost 4 years and like it more the more I play it. I did not expect to use the distortion channel at all, but with correct settings it makes a second clean choice as well as working well for fusion, blues, and rock tones. I also did not expect to use any of the effects except for reverb, but they are voiced subtly and exquistely for jazz and pop. Along with its clean, warm tone, it has a distinct and complex Fender character. I have heard a lot of musicians complain about the price, but IMO it is competitive with Acoustic Image, Hendriksen, etc. in features, quality, price, and sound.

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    5.0

    Great Versatile and Portable Amp Head

    By Double D

    from Chicago, IL

    This unit is very portable, but still packs a punch. The onboard effects provide some nice options and the reverb is especially good. Clean tone is nothing short of superb and at lower gain settings it is possible to approximate a very good tube amplifier.This amp serves well for many styles (not just jazz) and the matching cabinet really works well with it. Even acoustic sounds great through this amp.The only notable omission is the lack of an effects loop, but the onboard effects are more than enough for me.Both the head and cabinet live up to their names - they are amazingly light and portable. The headphone output is great and it is nice to be able to use my performance amp at low levels or through the headphones.There are amps out there that are louder or have slightly better tone, but this wins hands down in the areas of versatility and portability.

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    5.0

    Excellent Gig Amp

    I play a weekly jazz gig as well as some louder larger club gigs. I had a larger fender but got tired of the weight so on a fluke I tried the Ultralight not expecting much. Was I ever impressed. I play with a clean jazz tone as well as a rock fusion overdrive tone and the amp handles both really well. With my Heritage semi-hollow-body as well as my Strat it sounds stellar and I get compliments on my tone on almost every gig. However the amp could use some improvements. The lettering on the controls are not the least bit stage-friendly and you cannot add effects through a loop. Overall it's a brilliant design and a real break though for gigging guitarist.

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    5.0

    Not Just for Jazz....

    By Haikarateboy

    from Minneapolis, MN

    I play in a weekend Classic Rock band--yeah, that's right: ROCK-- and have used this amp with great success. Normally, I choose quality tube amps in combo w/ a pedalboard to reach all the tones we need in covering songs from the 60's on. I picked up the Jazzmaster after reading about a shredder from Italy who chooses this amp for it's tube-like distortion (Gabrielle-something?) and it is truly fantastic: a most underrated little box for people who like tube-sound but need solid-state dependability. I carry it as a spare, and used it for a very important weekend gig at a posh resort, when my expensive Dr. Z amp inexplicably fried the fuse & rectifier tube a hundred miles from Nowhere. I used the Jazzmaster all weekend and had a terrific show. It does not take pedals very well, but the built-in effects and distortion were plenty to get the job done. I love it, and should probably use it more, but I'm still rather dependent on using my pedals. If I can wean myself from that crutch, this will become a serious go-to amp. It works especially well with a Celestion-Blue 12" speaker--very lively and "tube-like."

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    5.0

    Easy to live with

    By archtopguy

    from Washington DC area

    I've been gigging with this amp for over two years. It delivers the clean jazz tone with both a warm low end and a Fender-esque sparkle in the highs. Yes, the amp is small and light, but so is the speaker cab. With a backpack guitar bag and a folding music stand, I can get in and out of any venue in one trip. It's the sound that really sells, though. I took part in a clinic this summer and after my combo's turn on the stage one of the "pros" leading the clnic sought me out to tell me how much he liked my tone. My Heritage archtop is nice, but give this amp the credit - it really delivers. But here's the clincher: use the footswitch to kick it to the second channel, turn the gain knob up about a quarter and plug in a tele - instant blues tone. Granted, it's not a Dr. Z or even a '65 Reissue Deluxe Reverb, but it's a useable tone. And in either channel, when you need it, this amp is LOUD. What would I change? I'd add a cover for the speaker cab. Sometimes the piggyback configuration is a minor pain to set up, as opposed to just plugging in a combo and playing. But I have to admit that two lightweight packages are easier to haul than one heavier one. The price is high, but the amp does what it was designed to do, and does it well.

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    5.0

    Beautiful tone, beautiful amp

    By Jazzerwannabe

    from New Mexico

    I bought the amp first after reading some good things about it. I am totally impressed with it's appearance and lightweight design. I had a Raezer's Edge Twin 8 cabinet that I thought would work great with the amp but was unable to get the warm jazz tone I was hoping for. I was dismayed but decided to try the Jazzmaster enclosure which was designed to go with this head. What a difference! Now I get the great warm, clean tones I wanted. Combine the beautiful design of both the head and cabinet and the amazing light weight and I can't think of anything better. I'm extremely, extremely pleased with this setup - worth every penny and more to me. Fender came out with a real winner with this combination. Now all I have to do is find a buyer for the Twin 8 cabinet I will never use!

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    5.0

    One Cool Clean Amp

    I own two modeling amps other than the Fender Jazzmaster Ultralight. They do an excellent job, but I needed something portable and squeeky clean. This product is light-weight in terms of pounds only. Its a heavy-weight in sound quality and sheer power if you need it.Sound Quality: Warm, yet shimmers in the highs if you need it. Sounds great with my Ric 381 and Gibson CS LP. I have a PRS Hollow Body II on lay-a-way. Can't wait to hear that thru it. Each of my instruments sound great, yet the character of each really shines through.

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