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Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster HS Electric Guitar   

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The Blacktop Jazzmaster HS delivers monster dual-bucker tone without breaking the bank. A vintage-style Duncan-Designed alnico humbucking pickup deli...Read More

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The most affordable humbucking pickup-equipped Jazzmaster ever made.

The Blacktop Jazzmaster HS delivers monster dual-bucker tone without breaking the bank. A vintage-style Duncan-Designed alnico humbucking pickup delivers the hot high-gain power of today's most aggressive sounds while the Duncan-Designed single-coil supplies the bite and twang; other distinctive touches include skirted black amp knobs, and one lean and mean three-way toggle switch rather than the customary barrage of Jazzmaster controls, Features include an alder body, maple neck, 9.5"-radius rosewood fretboard, 21 medium jumbo frets, gloss urethane finish and nickel/chrome hardware.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Series: Blacktop
  • Body shape: Jazzmaster
  • Body material: alder
  • Colors: (500) 3-Color Sunburst, (506) Black
  • Neck: maple
  • Neck finish: gloss urethane
  • Fretboard: rosewood
  • Position inlays: white dots
  • String nut: synthetic bone
  • Bridge pickup: 1 Duncan Designed Humbucking Pickup
  • Neck pickup: 1 Duncan Designed Single-Coil Jazzmaster Pickup
  • Pickup switching: 3-Position toggle: Position 1. Full bridge pickupPosition 2. Full neck & bridge pickupsPosition 3. Full neck pickup
  • Controls: master volume, master tone
  • Hardware: nickel/chrome
  • Tuning keys: standard cast/sealed tuning machines
  • Bridge: American Vintage Jazzmaster Tremolo with Adusto-Matic Bridge
  • Strap buttons: vintage style
  • Control knobs: skirted amp knobs
  • Pickguard: 3-ply black (500 3-Color Sunburst), or mint green (506 Sonic Black)
  • Strings: Super 250L's, NPS (.009-.042 gauges)
  • Included accessories: truss rod adjustment wrench

A Jazzmaster for today's rocker!

SPECIFICATIONS

Blacktop Jazzmaster HS Electric Guitar

  • Scale length: 25.5" (610 mm)
  • Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
  • Fretboard radius: 9.5" (241)
  • Frets: 21, medium jumbo
  • Truss rod nut: 3/16" adjustable hex nut
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FenderBlacktop Jazzmaster HS Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (23)
  • Fun to play (22)
  • Good tone (22)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (5)
  • Craftsmanship (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (23)
  • Jamming (20)
  • Small venues (12)
  • Recording (11)
  • Rock concerts (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Elegant and versatile

This guitar is different from the rest of the Fenders that can be purchased, and it is proud to be different. I can play jazz and alternative rock on it with the luscious warm...Read complete review

This guitar is different from the rest of the Fenders that can be purchased, and it is proud to be different. I can play jazz and alternative rock on it with the luscious warm tones of the single coil, yet turn it into a snarling monster with just some fuzz and a flick of a switch. Although there are many people out there who might turn there nose at such an evolution in the jazzmaster line, there will be many others like myself who want a versatile instrument that can handle the sounds of all kinds of music. I, without any hesitation reccomend this guitar to anyone trying to get a instrument that is reliable, simple, and elegant.
During the month of December of last year, I purchased one of these jazzmasters in a black finish. Now that I have had the time to actually play this guitar and get to know it, I can confidently say that although the blacktop isn't a perfect instrument, it is one that you will definately enjoy and learn to love. Upon receiving this guitar you will discover that the bridge is an idiosyncratic piece of hardware, as the saddle screws will constantly worm out of their holes and fall out while you are playing. However, I used a simple remedy to fix this; using drops of loctite blue on the saddle screws will lock them in place. Tone wise, the single coil provides a very nice tone that is quite mellow but also a bit more crisper than that of a typical American reissue jazzmaster. The humbucker is HOT. Some players trying to search for a more vintage tone may choose to do a pickup swap, but the humbucker will work for situations that require a high gain sound. The middle position on this guitar provides a tone that will appeal to many players; you get clear note articulation with a slight overdriven sound courtesy of the humbucker. The black finish is simple yet beautiful, and the c shaped neck fits like a glove. The tremelo on this thing is actually wonderful. Contrary to the idea that jazzmaster tremelos never stay in the tune, mine has put up with all the warbles and wobbles I have given it and still stays in tune. It's not a floyd rose, and it's not meant to be like one. The obviously noticeable lack of a rhythm circuit may bother purists, but it's actually something that makes the design more appealing to players who want simplicity and zero possible chances of accidently hitting a switch while playing.
When I received this guitar, the saddles needed some adjustment. But the quality control was excellent overall. A while ago I tried my friends American made stratocaster and compared it to the neck on the jazzmaster. Guess what? Both of us actually thought that the neck profile and fretwork on the jazzmaster's neck was just as good (or perhaps even better) that the strat's neck. Best of all, it came straight as an arrow with no fretboard buzzing. Despite the issues I intially had with the bridge, that is a problem that was easily fixed. Playing the guitar through an Epiphone tube amp, I noticed that the sound quality and timbre was top notch; although there was some slight hum from the pickups, they both sounded great. I've played several vintage Fender Jazzmasters in the past, and although the blacktop does not sound the same as they do, it captures the essence of the traditional jazzmaster sound but also beefs it up, making it more applicable to modern styles of music such as alternative and hard rock. Who once knew that a jazzmaster could wail and sustain so well?
A jazzmaster for less than half a grand was the dream of many players including myself. In my own opinion, a instrument like this one is a steal. It's like getting a jazzmaster with the mods already done on it-simplified switching, humbucker in the bridge position, amp knobs. This guitar has been my main no. 1 after I bought it and has been the guitar that's always featured in my band's recordings. Versatility is where this guitar shines. There are so many different sounds you can get out of the pickups and will suit many different tonal needs.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great guitar but has problems

Overall this guitar is fun to play,great pickups and good tone.The finish is top notch,great looking guitar.I give 3 stars because of two things... Frets could be a little smoother but...Read complete review

Overall this guitar is fun to play,great pickups and good tone.The finish is top notch,great looking guitar.I give 3 stars because of two things... Frets could be a little smoother but my main concern is the bridge.Strings pop off at times if played hard.Sattles can move side to side getting out of tune,set screws back out with time.Screws are ruff on side of hand when playing.An ABR bridge would make this guitar perfect with some smoother frets of course.I see this bridge being replaced in the future and I can smooth out frets myself.This guitar is worth getting for the price but is no means a beginners guitar with all the tinkering it takes to make it playable.Awesome,vintage looking guitar at best!

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3.0

Some good features, but some disappointments.

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from Charlotte NC Area.

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • It's Very Pretty

Cons

  • Bridge Tailpiece Tremol

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster HS Electric Guitar:

It's a nice guitar, but some aspects were disappointing. The bridge has some rettle and the strings come off too easily. I remedied this by replacing with a Fender Mustang bridge.
I seldom use a trem and the JM is supposed to be locking. This Blacktop version doesn't have that feature. I thought that the bridge humbucker would be splitable to single coil use since it replaced the Bridge JazzMaster PU. I may have to pull the pickguard and see if a switch can be added to accomplish that feature. Also the traditional JazzMaster slide switches which allow quick switching to preset settings for rythm use are missing-- just standard Telecaster 3 position switch. I think the Squier JazzMaster (same price as Blacktop) is more true to the original JazzMaster concept.

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5.0

Great Value

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from SoCal

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster HS Electric Guitar:

      I love the tone of this guitar for Surf and Clean. Overdriven is not as good. You must spend time stabilizing the bridge and saddles. I locked them in place with gue.

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      2.0

      Different than other Fenders

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      from Jupiter, FL

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster HS Electric Guitar:

        The nut grooves were miss-aligned so the saddle would never be in position without the strings going slightly diagonal down the fret-board. When you strummed the guitar it seemed like a beginner guitar or cheap. They say the Jazzmaster has a unique sound, like surfer sound. I thought that would be interesting but it's wasn't pleasing when I heard it. I was sold based on a small amount of unique artists that use it because I don't like to be mainstream. After getting the guitar I have no clue how they chose this guitar it didn't sound good to me. There are more expensive Jazzmasters so maybe the different pickups matter. Unfortunately, this was more of a toy than a musical instrument because of the quality and sound. The paint job was nice, but that's about it. I have a nice modern tele that you can get if you like a clean sound. Most people opt for the strat. I guess the bottom line is that Fender makes some good products but this was not for me. It seemed more like a Squire than a Fender. Musician's Friend have awesome customer service and good products but this didn't do it for me.

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        4.0

        Mixed Review

        By 

        from Twin Valley, MN

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Nice Chunky Neck
        • Nicely Finished
        • Solid guitar

        Cons

        • Ghost Bridge Harmonics

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster HS Electric Guitar:

        Nice Looking Solid Guitar, Needs a setup right out of the Box but most website instruments do, so no big deal breaker. String height adjust screws are real loose so set it up and apply some pretty pink nail polish to hold em tight ;^)} Be advised that if you are used to playing a Tele, Strat, LP, SG, ETC. your JM will NOT sound like one of them, that is the beauty of a JM, it has its own voice and you either love it or hate it, but don't decide it's "bad" until you play around with the pup height, amp settings, playing style, (H'mmmm) and other variables that contribute to overall sound. (just because everybody copies everybody else on these reviews and states the bridge pup is muddy or weak etc. etc. needs to stay open minded and get your sound "dialed" in. Yeah, at first I thought the Bridge Pup was weak and muddy too, but after some tweaking as stated above I now actually like its unique tone, again, after all, its not a Strat... It's a Jazzmaster, It is, what it is, and that's a good thing. The Tremolo on these JM's beat a Strat any-day in my book, holds its tune better also, don't get me wrong, I love my Strats and Teles and SG but this Blacktop Jazzmaster is unique in its own right and does what its supposed to do, and that is, sound like a Jazzmaster... (or at least a new Blacktop Jazzmaster)... and Hey, its MIM so its way mo better quality than, well you know, "over there" and the $$$ tag is very buyer friendly too!!!
        Yabbity, Yabbity, Thats all folks!!!

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        4.0

        What a deal!!!!

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        from UK

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        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster HS Electric Guitar:

          This is a great guitar let down by only a few things.
          Fender...have someone at least try to set it up before leaving the factory!!!
          Jazzmaster bridges are rubbish...fit a TOM!!!

          apart from these faults this is a great guitar, pickups sound great and after a setup and bridge mod even better..

          I own some high end guitar from Gibson, PRS, Fender, Framus etc but now looking at "work horse" guitars for gigs and they dont get any better than MIM Fender..cheap, good quality and with a pro setup play great...if they get knocked, stolen etc I care but can easily replace...I do upgrade pots and pickups (dont need to on the Jazzmaster though) but Im picky..
          Im using MIM 70s strat, Cabronita, 60's Tele and now this and love them

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          5.0

          Great get !

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          from Mid Michigan

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster HS Electric Guitar:

          Could not be happier. very versatile guitar with humbucker added to traditional jazz single coil with 3-way toggle,stunnig finish/on alderbody ,nice fretwork. I put on a set of DR nickel 11's,swapped out the pickup cover and ring along with toggle an trem tips to fender aged white.installed a mustang replacement bridge which cured all buzz and intonation ills. This guitar is inspirational,If I'm not playing it I'm looking at it.hang one of these on your wall and your life just got better for a very affordable price

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          5.0

          holy terror of a guitar

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          from East Wenatchee Wa

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Small Venues

            Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster HS Electric Guitar:

            Great guitar. Will fully meet my needs

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            4.0

            This Mexican bad boy is a real contender

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            from Quad Cities

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Needs Set Up But Worth It

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster HS Electric Guitar:

            Cosmetically flawless and reasonably playable out of the box. MF is always awesome with shipping and it came next day by standard ground. Required minor truss rod, intonation, and bridge height adjustments but no more than most new guitars. However, the bridge is finicky and took a while but eventually achieved near-perfection. Haven't had any problems with loose saddle height screws but haven't really played it hard yet. Frets are thick, polished, and accurately set. Light and fast action with the light strings -- would go to heavier strings if I were to gig with this (do this BEFORE you spend all the time setting it up!). Tremolo is solid and stays in tune -- better than most of my strats -- but I couldn't find a position for it that I really liked so I took off the rod. Actually, the neck is flexible enough to get a nice tremolo effect if you lean on it. Really interesting sound. No tele twang or strat bite -- just a warm humbucking middle of the road that really shines on a tube preamp overdrive. A few quick FYIs: No strap or chord included in the box I got. You will need a good tuner to set this up properly (new strings recommended). It will NOT fit in a standard guitar case. The good news is that it fits *perfectly* in a MF generic bass case and I suggest having them ship it right in the case. Probably closer in quality and playability to my newer Americans than the Mexican Fenders I have. A real contender and fitting addition to any guitar arsenal. Buy one.

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            5.0

            Stratocaster on Steroids

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            from Denver, CO

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster HS Electric Guitar:

              Great guitar for regular gigging musician. Neck, balance, and weight are the first positives you'll notice. Once you plug it in (I'm using a Mesa Boogie Subway Blues combo amp with a Shiba Drive pedal) it screams. The neck pickup is really powerful, and warm but crunchy. Not a huge fan of the humbucker on the bridge, but the middle combo selection is good. One bummer about the guitar is that it came by mail in such great need of set up that I couldn't barely play it, and it is a very difficult guitar to set up unless you are very skilled.

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              5.0

              Unbelievable Value

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              from Bakersfield CA

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster HS Electric Guitar:

                  Do not play this guitar out of the box. There is nothing that resembles a decently set-up instrument coming right out of the box, but there is some excellent literature included that really does a good job of explaining how to appropriately set it up and has the tools included to do it, so do yourself a favor and spend about an hour and half reading the literature and setting it up right.

                  The Look of it is why I got it, I knew that the pups wouldn't be fantastic but they're not horrible, especially when considering the intended use is a Jazz/Country/Blues guitar. You can get a decent heavy rock sound out of it, but not like out of a JB or 81. It brings a nice balance to my collection.

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