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Fender '62 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar   

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The unique sound of the Jazzmaster is back.

The incomparable Jazzmaster sound returns!Fender' '62 Jazzmaster guitar gained fame on a wave of surf and rock instrumentals in the '60s, quirky new-wave tunes in the '70s, and alternative gems in the '80s. Now it's ready to take on the millennium, with two special-design vintage soapbar pickups, a contoured alder body with distinctive offset waist, and one-piece maple neck with 21-fret rosewood fingerboard. Equipped with 3-position toggle switch for lead and rhythm circuits, and floating tremolo with Tremolo-Lock. The classic Jazzmaster vibe can once again be yours, without the vintage price!Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and other options.

FEATURES
  • Alder body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
  • Maple neck
  • Fender/Gotoh vintage-style tuning machines
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 21 vintage-style frets
  • 2 special-design Vintage Jazzmaster single coils
  • Lead circuit volume and tone
  • Rhythm circuit volume and tone
  • 3-position toggle
  • Chrome hardware
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Fender'62 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 52 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

One of a Kind

After playing my first "real" Jazzmaster in a guitar store last summer I fell in love. This guitar suited my style perfectly, but is not for everyone.
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After playing my first "real" Jazzmaster in a guitar store last summer I fell in love. This guitar suited my style perfectly, but is not for everyone.

On the downside it is a challenge to set up, the bridge must be replaced with a mustang bridge, and the vibrato system is not the easiest to get along with. The pickups hum (unless in the middle position), and are very bright without a whole lot of output or sustain. But the deal-breaker for most is the size: this guitar is BIG! I'm 5' 11" with big hands and I love it, but any shorter and this guitar would probably look a bit funny on me. The Frets are very big, but neck is not overly wide or chunky. Still want one?

On the plus side this guitar produces very unique sounds. From Surf Rock, to Television, to Costello, to Dinosaur, to My Bloody Valentine ... Jazzmasters are unmatched by any other guitar tonally.

The string length gives this guitar a certain resonance and sound that is impossible to replicate. IMHO this guitar has sort of a natural reverb thing going on; while this is probably due to the string length and all the extra vibrations, it still sounds really cool! The tremolo system, while flawed, give the guitar a nice "ring" and is fun/good sounding without getting to flashy.

The pickups are a unique mesh of warmth, clarity, punch, twang, and bite. Through fuzz you can nail the shoegaze/no wave/noise rock sound and through organic tube distortion it gets sort of a Beatles Helter Skelter/Revolution thing going on (bridge pickup). Through Both pickups it sounds a bit like a strat and can give you some really clear bluesy tones. Through the neck pickup it has a darker punch/twang sound that I've never heard on any other guitar. Finally the bridge pickup is really bright and punchy, but can be dialed down with the tone nob for more mid-range clarity.

While the tone of a Jazzmaster does not have the sustain of a strat or gibson, the lack thereof makes it so you can play incredibly clear arpeggios at higher levels of crunch. This also gives the guitar more attack and makes it more responsive to how it is played. This is perhaps my favorite part about the instrument.

Lastly, the bridge replacement is easy and is only about $50 for a mustang bridge. You can even just replace the saddles without actually taking the bridge off.

All and all this guitar is great if you: can play a big guitar, LOVE the tone, don't mind correcting the flaws, don't need a floyd rose or anything like it, don't mind 60-cycle hum, play with 11 gauge or thicker strings, don't wan't a guitar that "does it all", and appreciate the musicians who have played JM's and dig their sound.

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Clean and Fat

If you want something a little off the wall and are into fat clean tone Jazzmasters are cool. The guitar is pricey and heavy (big body), and the bridge is a design Leo...Read complete review

If you want something a little off the wall and are into fat clean tone Jazzmasters are cool. The guitar is pricey and heavy (big body), and the bridge is a design Leo Fender developed BEFORE the Strat tremolo, check out the patent numbers. The best fix is a Mustang bridge, and wrap some tape around the stems that go into the little metal cups until it just does fit. That helps immensely with buzz and tuning woes. As for the pickups, they have their own sound, still very Fender-y, but with less top end and a pronounced upper midrange. If you want something to overwhelm your amp's front end and give MONDO DISTORTION, forget it, buy humbuckers, but if the 60's surf sound from the Ventures is your thing (AND you feel like changing the bridge), this is a very unique and handsome axe.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of a Kind

By MOD

from Seattle, PDX, and SLC

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Complicated To Set Up
  • Must Replace Bridge

Best Uses

  • Experimental Music
  • Indie Rock
  • Jamming
  • Noise Rock
  • Powerpop
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender '62 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

After playing my first "real" Jazzmaster in a guitar store last summer I fell in love. This guitar suited my style perfectly, but is not for everyone.

On the downside it is a challenge to set up, the bridge must be replaced with a mustang bridge, and the vibrato system is not the easiest to get along with. The pickups hum (unless in the middle position), and are very bright without a whole lot of output or sustain. But the deal-breaker for most is the size: this guitar is BIG! I'm 5' 11" with big hands and I love it, but any shorter and this guitar would probably look a bit funny on me. The Frets are very big, but neck is not overly wide or chunky. Still want one?

On the plus side this guitar produces very unique sounds. From Surf Rock, to Television, to Costello, to Dinosaur, to My Bloody Valentine ... Jazzmasters are unmatched by any other guitar tonally.

The string length gives this guitar a certain resonance and sound that is impossible to replicate. IMHO this guitar has sort of a natural reverb thing going on; while this is probably due to the string length and all the extra vibrations, it still sounds really cool! The tremolo system, while flawed, give the guitar a nice "ring" and is fun/good sounding without getting to flashy.

The pickups are a unique mesh of warmth, clarity, punch, twang, and bite. Through fuzz you can nail the shoegaze/no wave/noise rock sound and through organic tube distortion it gets sort of a Beatles Helter Skelter/Revolution thing going on (bridge pickup). Through Both pickups it sounds a bit like a strat and can give you some really clear bluesy tones. Through the neck pickup it has a darker punch/twang sound that I've never heard on any other guitar. Finally the bridge pickup is really bright and punchy, but can be dialed down with the tone nob for more mid-range clarity.

While the tone of a Jazzmaster does not have the sustain of a strat or gibson, the lack thereof makes it so you can play incredibly clear arpeggios at higher levels of crunch. This also gives the guitar more attack and makes it more responsive to how it is played. This is perhaps my favorite part about the instrument.

Lastly, the bridge replacement is easy and is only about $50 for a mustang bridge. You can even just replace the saddles without actually taking the bridge off.

All and all this guitar is great if you: can play a big guitar, LOVE the tone, don't mind correcting the flaws, don't need a floyd rose or anything like it, don't mind 60-cycle hum, play with 11 gauge or thicker strings, don't wan't a guitar that "does it all", and appreciate the musicians who have played JM's and dig their sound.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Excellent Choice

By Josh Fowler

from CA

Comments about Fender '62 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

I picked up the Olympic white color of the '62 Jazzmaster, and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite guitars that I own. Note: if you don't have experience with 1-meg potentiometers in the controls, this guitar may seem over-bright at first. There is a bit of a learning curve with managing these, but once you get the hang of them, they give you far more tonal options than 250k's or 500k's would. You may have to change your amp settings a little bit to counterbalance their character. Definitely one that you'll want to hang onto for a long time.
The rhythm circuit up top is handy, and not just for jazz tones. The stock tortoiseshell pickguards, being as dark as they are, tend to camoflage the roller knobs and the switch, so they are discrete to the eye. The 1-meg pots offer a wide range of options for both volume and tone. If you're into more experimental sounds, you can get some interesting chime tones from the string length behind the bridge. The trem is pretty long, so you can easily palm it in your hand while playing, if you want to get more warped sounds like that of Kevin Shields. It stays put pretty well, so it's always at hand. Responds extremely well to distortion (in my case, the burn channel of a Fender Supersonic) or fuzz (EHX Muff, Devi Ever Rocket), so it certainly isn't limited to just nice, clean tones by any means.
The nitro finish is a little touchy, but this is to be expected. Be careful, as it is more prone to dings and scrapes than a polyurethane finish is. The fit and finish of the neck is outstanding, and the aged coloration of the maple looks awesome. I've heard complaints about the bridge. Despite having string buzz problems at first, those have seemed to have subsided after some time to settle in. Other people seem to have problems with the strings becoming dislodged, but this has only happened slightly and rarely to me. If you play really hard, you may run into problems.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Greatest Guitar

By The Prof

from Nebraska

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Comments about Fender '62 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

I own a number of guitars. My wife says too many. Anyway, I decided to buy the '62 Jazzmaster to add to my collection. Wow! Do I like this quitar. It is the most versitle guitar I own. It can sound like a Strat, or like a Tele or just about anything else. The neck is about the same width as a tele, which I like, since I finger pick. The single coil pickups are subject to hum if you are practicing in close proximity to your amp. I never have run this guitar through any of my pedals, so I can't speak for that. You can not go wrong with the Vintage '62 Jazzmaster. It is a great guitar.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

incredible instrument

By weldr

from los angeles

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Comments about Fender '62 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

Jazzmasters are so perfect for that surf sound, and have the thickness to handle other sounds as well... you won't get that smooth tremolo action on a stratocaster. Love the offset body for playing sitting down.
Simple which i like- pickup selector and I use the rhythm circuit as a kill switch which is great.
Quality is incredible on this thing, a friend commented the other day on the finish on the neck... sounds amazing, I tried changing the pickups out for some expensive boutique ones, and ultimately ended up putting the stock ones back in because I like the sound. Finish, neck, playability, sound, tuners, all amazing. Frets are small though so if you need big frets and a flat radius for bending and shredding you should try the Classic Player model. The vintage bridge sucks and I replaced that with a warmoth modified mustang bridge, also the tremolo bar socket gave me troubles so I bought a Staytrem arm and now I could not be happier. I understand that the Classic Player model fixes some of these issues, however if you have a little extra money to spend i think the quality of the AVRI guitar is worth it. They make every part on these reissues exactly like the vintage ones, and in some cases that includes a couple of flaws. No big deal though.
I'll knock off a point for the issues I just mentioned. Still a great value.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender '62 American Jazzmaster Reissue

By Walter Oltmanns

from Bluesville, Ohio

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Comments about Fender '62 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

9 out of 10.
The reissue '62 Fender American Jazzmaster is the perfect compliment to my Fender Stratocasters. Between the two of them I can play any style of music.....except music where "dive bombs" are required.
The Jazzmaster pickups have an absolutely oustanding tone. I'd rate them in-between a Strat pickup and a Gison P90.They are high output.
The only improvement I would like to see is a shorter vibrato (tremolo) arm. I have not had any trouble whatsoever with the bridge, it is outstanding! The vibrato never knocks the string out of tune......it is a definite improvement over the Strat's system.
Some retro body finishes would be fantastic. I'd love a "Sonic Blue" Jazzmaster!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Fender classic........

By Rick Rivets

from NYC NY

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Can Think Of Any

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Fender '62 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

This was my first real guitar way back when and I bought it used. Sold it like a fool and finially bought a new one in white with a tortoise shell pickguard. This not only looks great but sounds just as cool as one would expect. I just love the Fenders from the 60's and now I can add this to my Fender 64 Strat, 65 Fender XII, and new 62 Jaguar. Every guitarist should own a Jazzmaster and at these prices you should jump on these. The brown Tolex case adds to the cool factor and the package with a cable and strap plus other small items makes this a bargin. Very cool guitar.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Jazzmaster Versatility

By High Country

from Flagstaff, Arizona

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording

    Comments about Fender '62 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

    I own seventeen other quality guitars of the usual pedigree (Gibson, Fender, PRS, Gretsch) so I did not think the Jazzmaster would add anything new to the locker room. I was wrong. This is the most versatile electric guitar I own. I can coax just about any tone I need out of it, though it helps plugging into other really good gear. The build quality is excellent. The neck woods are dense and feel good in the hand. The vibrato is surprisingly sensitive and can lock out easily. The pickups have a higher degree of clarity (in my mind)than P-90s, but also run into a carmel-like overdrive with just a little external pedal boost. Great expressions can be obtained by those who know the difference between playing by touch vs. just driving the thing hard all the time. The switching between pickups takes a little getting used to, but this is the guitar's secret weapon. The system multiplies the guitar's sonic options. This guitar changes the dimension equation. I'll keep the other guitars because there is a tool for every purpose. But this guitar is a Swiss army knife.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    " You Won't Part With Your's Either" Say the old ads

    By Leo Terrien Jr.

    from Pawtucket, RI

    Comments about Fender '62 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

    I just bonded with this guitar, I've been playing With guitars for many years. I have a Deluxe American Ash Strat, A Jaguar, a Home made Tele. Problem is since I got the Jazzmaster they are all just wall paper. I got the JM a little over two years ago and haven't put it down since. I play it through a home built Tweed Tremoluxe & and Home built stand alone reverb. I mostly play early rock instramentals Ventures stuff etc.and surf so The JM is a natural. The sound to me is as good is it can be. The only down side is the high price but to me it was worth it.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I love this guitar!

    By gadabout

    from New York

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    Comments about Fender '62 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

    I have been a Fender player for over 40 years (gasp!). If you already own a strat and tele, you need this to complete the holy trinity of Fender guitars. This guitar is great for surf and other early 60's instrumental music. And in spite of everything you hear, you can get superb jazz tones out of it. Put 10 guage or heavier strings on it and you will be good to go. Don't fall for all the buzzstop garbage. The original design is fine. You don't need to mod it. Just be patient with setting up the bridge, read up on the idiosyncracies, and enjoy this wonderful guitar. Learn to use the tone/volume controls on this guitar. Unlike my other Fenders, I keep the tone control on this guitar dialed back quite a bit. It's a linear taper pot, so you have to set it to a lower value than you would on a Tele or a Strat. You will learn to love this guitar. It's not a do everything guitar, but it does what it does so well. The tremolo is also very smooth and sounds great.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar for ALL styles

    By bradley&me4122

    from Northern Virginia

    Comments about Fender '62 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar:

    I got this guitar about a year ago, and it has never let me down.I play mostly rock/alternative music, and "Bradley" is my favorite guitar I own. My set up is a Marshall JCM 900, with a boss pedal board, and this guitar. It sounds simply amazing. If your on the fence about getting this guitar its definetly worth the money, (and in my case the wait) The neck feels like dream, and the pickups are their own custom fender single coils. The body is rock solid, and the electronics on it are fool proof. Honestly if you are looking for something thats a bit more unique but want that fender quality this is definetly the guitar for you. Any style of music, rock, jazz, indie, ska, punk... you name it. BUY THIS GUITAR!!

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