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Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar   

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An updated version of an iconic axe.Fenders Classic Player Jazzmaster Special is a modern upgrade of Fender's iconic Jazzmaster model, featuring a re...Read More

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A modern take on a classic.

An updated version of an iconic axe.Fenders Classic Player Jazzmaster Special is a modern upgrade of Fender's iconic Jazzmaster model, featuring a re-engineered Adjusto-Matic bridge with screw-in tremolo arm and floating tremolo tailpiece, which has been moved closer to the bridge to increase break angle and sustain. Also featuring a 9.5" fingerboard radius for a comfortable grip and an improved neck pocket with increased back-angle for added stability, and Special Design Hot Jazzmaster neck and bridge pickups for greater definition when wailing your hottest licks and riffs. Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and other options.

FEATURES
  • Body: Alder
  • Finish: Polyester
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9.5" (241mm)
  • Frets: 21, Medium-Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648mm)
  • Nut Width: 1.650" (42mm)
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuning Keys: Fender Vintage Style Tuning Machines
  • Bridge: Fender Adjusto-Matic Bridge With Floating Tremolo Tailpiece
  • Pickguard: 4-Ply Brown Shell
  • Pickups
  • Neck: Special Design Hot Jazzmaster Neck Pickup
  • Bridge: Special Design Hot Jazzmaster Bridge Pickup
  • Pickup Switching 3-Position Toggle:
  • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
  • Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
  • Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • 2-Position Slide:
  • Up: Lead Tone Circuit
  • Down: Rhythm Tone Circuit
  • Controls
  • "Lead" Circuit: Volume, Tone,
  • "Rhythm" Circuit: Volume, Tone
  • Strings: Fender Standard Tension ST250R, Nickel Plated Steel,
  • Gauges: (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046),
  • p/n 0730250206
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FenderClassic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (15)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Solid electronics (14)
  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good pick up (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (14)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Recording (10)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Jazmaster ever made!

This is my #1 guitar. I don't say that lightly either. I own over 20 and through my shop I have access to about 75-100 more at any given time. I have...Read complete review

This is my #1 guitar. I don't say that lightly either. I own over 20 and through my shop I have access to about 75-100 more at any given time. I have played this guitar at every single gig I've done since 2010. It has also been all over both of my band's records. It plays GREAT, sounds great, and almost never goes out of tune. (and yes, I use the trem constantly. I also live in Hawaii where the climate, humidity, and my altitude drastically changes all the time)This guitar is just incredible. Due to my use of fuzz and heavy overdrive, I did change the bridge pickup to a custom Novak JM humbucker. (basically a PAF in a JM pup cover)but the stock pups are great. I'm so in love with Fender for FINALLY fixing the design flaws and doing all the bridge/tailpiece mods for us. If you're in the market for a Jazzmaster or Jaguar, get the Classic Player. They are the best. Hands down, no discussion. They totally whip the Americans and 50th anniversary editions. THIS is the one! :)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I've never been so disappointed!!

Fender took my favorite guitar of all time, the Jazzmaster, and made it suck. The pickups are horrible! They buzz with the slightest overdrive, and the bridge was really noisy. It made...Read complete review

Fender took my favorite guitar of all time, the Jazzmaster, and made it suck. The pickups are horrible! They buzz with the slightest overdrive, and the bridge was really noisy. It made a rattling sound that even came through the amp when I was playing (which, believe me, is really annoying). The neck was fine, but the fingerboard was cheap. The only benefit is the Tune-o-Matic bridge that lets it sustain a little more than usual. Over all, though, this guitar is an embarrassment to the Jazzmaster line. Do yourself a big favor and save the extra $ for an American one.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sonic Day Dreamer

By #1

from Greenfield, IN

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming

Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

Sonic Truth.

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5.0

Great guitar!

By Rockshady

from Ham Vegas, Indiana

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

    I love it! I got the black to match Robert Smith of the Cure's jazzmaster.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great workhorse

    By Ford

    from Wacka Wacka

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Not too heavy
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • HOT pickups

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

    I've always lusted after a real Jazzmaster. My guitar for the past two years has been a Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster (which is an excellent guitar), but of course, there is a difference between a Squier and a real Fender. I really can't afford the American Jazzmasters, so when I found this guitar in the used section of my local Guitar Center, I had to buy it. Jazzmasters have always been my favorite guitars. The condition of the guitar was practically brand new as well. The previous owner still had the plastic film on the pickguard! It came with the nice gig bag and tremolo arm. I recently took the guitar on a three-week tour with a country band. With three weeks of constant live shows on this guitar, I feel confident in reviewing it. The pickups are very, very hot, which some folks will love! However, I am swapping out the pickups with more traditional Jazzmaster pickups. I like (trying) to play jazz, and these pickups are just simply too hot for the less-aggressive genres out there.
    Other than the pickups, the wiring seems to be very solid! No knobs or switches crackle when engaged. The bridge is a step up from most other Jazzmaster bridges, but I am purchasing a Mastery bridge for this guitar. I use the vibrato arm quite often, and on occasion, some of the strings will become stuck on the bridge at a lower pitch. This mostly happens on the high E string. Every now and then, the string will catch on the bridge when I return the whammy bar to it's natural position. This causes the high E string to be much closer to a D sharp. I do use lubricants on the bridge and nut, and even in spite of this, it still happens. I also know that whammy bars tend to knock guitars out of tune every now and then, but the string is actually catching on the bridge. While we're talking about the vibrato arm, I have to say that it is truly a blessing that this arm screws into the socket. Overall, this is an excellent guitar.

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    (5 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    fender with a gibson problem

    By thee jessman

    from ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Feels Good Looks Good
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Parts Guitar

    Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

    Nope. The bridge doesn't solve the the jazzmaster problem. It makes it worse. Its got the typical saddle buzz that comes with tun-o-matic type bridges. The big problem is you can't replace it with something of higher quality because it has a 9.5 radius. Nothing on the market in this style of bridge with that radius. And no the mastery bridge doesn't fit either.Why can't Fender get it right? Copy the mastery bridge. Its the only one that works. Don't buy this guitar. Your going to have an expensive buzz problem on your hands.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great guitar for mutiple platforms

    By B C

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

        This Jazzmaster is a solid, multi-toned, reliable instrument that delivers a clearly historic jazzmaster range of sounds. The build is solid. Like any new guitar, polish it, clean it, tune it, before you play it. Design is solid and stays in tune, bridge and vibrato are modified to provide maximum reliability, which is clearly the overall goal of the improvements here. Works great.
        The flip side is that the tone is closer toa Stratocaster in some ways due to the new, more reliable set up.
        The pick ups are great for clear tones and also carry harmonic richness through distortion and walls of distortion. :)
        Great guitar, for players not purists. It is a beautiful tool.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect Jazzmaster

        By Jonny5

        from Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

          I bought a gently used model. I had a hard time even finding the flaw in the finish at the neck joint. The guitar came setup perfect for my playing style. No adjustments, which is rare for me. Beautiful finish, great tone and playability!!

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          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very nice! Was a gift, he LOVES it!

          By JFP

          from Charlestown, New Hampshire

          About Me Novice

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

            Was a gift for my son, he LOVES it!

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar

            By prestimusic

            from Nazareth, PA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • No hardshell case

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

            My wife got my this guitar because I kept saying that I always wanted a Jazzmaster. I have a'95 American Standard Stratocaster, a 2003 Les Paul Supreme, Martin D-28 and GPCPA1. This Jazzmaster plays well and does not have any real issues. I have played some instruments off of the walls at music stores and they are in dire need of setups. This one was good, but after playing it for a while, it did settle in and could use a little twist of the truss-rod and maybe a little intonation cleanup. Otherwise it's great. The pickups do not make much noise, they have a good output, and sound pretty good.

            I used it primarily playing in pit-bands that I was working for with some high school musicals in the area. It was great because I could get tones out of it that vary as is usually necessary for musicals. It stays in tune pretty well and is fun to play. It's extremely comfortable to sit and play. It does not necessarily play as well as my Strat or LP, but it is definitely a contender. Each guitar has a different sound, but I really like playing it a lot. We even used it on a recording to get a different sound from the other guitars we were using so the part was able to come out. It was sort of a test, but it worked great!

            Some have said that the fret dressings are not always the best and while this is sometimes the case, the instrument I received has a good fret job. There are no protrusions of the frets off the board. The hand can slide cleanly down the neck.

            I really like this guitar and look forward to adding it to the rotation! Also - I mentioned that it does not come with a hardshell case as being a con, but I actually like having the gigbag because it allows me to have an extra hand when carrying my amp into a gig. The only con of the gigbag is that it does not provide as much protection as a hard case.

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            (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great value

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            By Ratcrotch

            from SoCal

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

              I never give a 5 star rating, but I was so impressed with the Classic Player Jaguar Special HH, I tried one of these. They have a quality feel and tone. Not a juvenile heavy metal tone, but a smooth, sensitive full tone for Blues, Jazz, Surf. I have found the sound and playability I love. I am selling most of my Strats. I also just bought an American Jag.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A Guitar For Everyone

              By The Jazz Master

              from NH

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

                I have wanted a Jazzmaster for 8 years, and after trying out this guitar I knew it was time to get one. The feel is great, it's weighted perfectly, the tone is awesome, and even though it's a Jazzmaster, you can get tons of different sounds out of this guitar to suit your needs.

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