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Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

A modern take on a classic.

The Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special is an electric guitar that updates Fender's iconic Jazzmaster model with some thoroughly modern improvements: Hotter pickups, a redesigned Adjusto-Matic bridge with floating tremolo tailpiece, a 9.5" fingerboard radius and an improved neck pocket with increased back-angle for improved stability and sustain. The Classic Player Jazzmaster guitar's tremolo plate has been moved closer to the bridge to increase break angle and sustain. A screw-in tremolo arm increases stability and control when "twang-dipping".

Includes a gig bag.

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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 64 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (47)

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    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (12)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Solid electronics (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good pick up (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (11)
    • Practicing (11)
    • Recording (8)
    • Small venues (8)
    • Rock concerts (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7), Professional musician (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    CP Jazzmaster Review

    I've owned several Strats and Tele's and some knock-offs. But mostly I'm a Gibson/Guild guitarist. I play everything from 30's Jazz up to 80's Rock. I bought this guitar because...Read complete review

    I've owned several Strats and Tele's and some knock-offs. But mostly I'm a Gibson/Guild guitarist. I play everything from 30's Jazz up to 80's Rock. I bought this guitar because I always wanted one. Yes I can play Jazz on it, sounds better than a Strat for what I play. The rhythm circuit sounds allot like my '56 LP Goldtop but just a tad softer. I can almost get an accoustic Jazz guitar sound out of it, by tweaking the my controls on the amp. The lead channel will cover most of a Strat's sounds pretty good, some say it's too bright in the bridge pisition, well use your tone control, that's what it's there for. I'd say in all honesty this guitar isn't for everyone.
    It's about everything you would expect from Fender. The updated features kind of make sense since there were some problems with the original design. I think part of that was the tremolo system which they moved a little closer to the bridge. If I remember the original JM's were made before slinky strings became popular and the heaver strings didn't have issued with the bridge as much as lighter strings. Try stringing a vintage with 9-42 slinkys and you may have some issues with string buzz and tremolo adjustments. Thats why so many players of the vintage guitars install a buzz stop ($40+/-). I unstalled a set of 9-42's and noticed a little buzz on the 3rd string after I had re adjusted the neck and bridge (more on that later). I like the pickups the adjustable pole pieces may be a small benefit but I haven't adjusted them or the pickups yet. They seem well balanced, so why mess with them. Since I'm a Jazz player and used to Gibson's, I like the rhythm circuit and will use it allot in my playing. The longer scale neck will take some adjusting to get used to, but I've owned Strats and the scale is the same length.
    The finish was fantastic, just what I wanted, Sunburst. No flaws I could detect. Polly not Nitro so it is tougher to scrach, but it still will chip. I had to re-adjust the neck and take out most of the relief. I like a flatter neck and faster action than who ever set this thing up. I doubt they really did a set up on this guitar. Easy enough to do myself. I also had to lower the bridge at the same time. When you change one thing other adjustments also need to be dealt with. However, I found that doing both of these paid off, because it brought the intonation spot on. Since I changed the strings to 9-42's the tremolo needed to be adjusted. It's the middle screw by the trem-lock button. This can be tricky to adjust. You want to be able to lock the tremolo from moving if you break a string to prevent the guitar from going out of tune. You can still use the tremolo down but not up. I have it set and just leave it on. Hint: Use it when you change strings. Another minor issue after playing it a few days I found I had to tighten the neck bolts, all 4 were a tad loose, each took about a 1/4 turn. I gave this a "9" but really I could have given it a "9.5"
    When you consider the over all quality, it's not a bad value for a MIM guitar but should be more in line with a MIM Strat as far as price. Although I did get a little extra off the sale price and free shipping, that helped.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    fender with a gibson problem

    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...Read complete review

    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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    (1 of 2 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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    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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        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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          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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            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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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great value

            By Ratmonger

            from So Cal

            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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              (3 of 3 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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                (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Jazmaster ever made!

                By The Dude

                from Kona, Hawaii

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

                  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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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Exceptional Value for a GREAT Guitar

                  By Ugotdajonx

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Experienced

                  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:

                    Owning a MIJ reissue Jazzmaster since 1997, I was excited to get my hands on the Classic Player Jazzmaster. I was skeptical at first given the price versus that it is made in Mexico. That said, the only things I disliked about the guitar are barely noticeable lines in the black painted finish and a lack of the guitar being set up properly. The set up was a quick fix, I adjusted the truss rod a half turn to loosen it and raised the bridge a touch, and I was set to shred. I have to say I am blown away by what a nice, well crafted guitar the Classic Player Jazzmaster is! First, the neck is awesome. I much prefer the polyurethane finish to the nitrocellulose finish on reissues and vintage Jazzmasters. The medium jumbo frets are an improvement over the thinner frets on all other Jazzmaster models which will also get more life out of the frets, and the 9.5" fretboard radius makes for a still very comfortable, and more easily playable neck while being able to have a much faster action. I love the neck! The hotter pickups are the next great attribute. They can go from the familiar, well-balanced, bright, & biting Jazzmaster treble sound to full, warm, and fat when using the neck pickup and/or the rhythm circuit. The guitar also sustains noticeably better given both the hotter pickups as well as the tremolo housing being moved up by about a centimeter towards the bridge. I have no intention of installing a "buzz stopper" aftermarket bar on this model. The Adjust-omatic bridge is also a very nice touch, it's so easy to set the intonation. The Classic Player Jazzmaster has all the vibe and features of the more expensive USA made reissues, but will cost roughly half the price which is why I chose it over a USA made model which was within my budget. I have owned MIM Stratocasters before that were decently made, but had to replace the pickups. I do not intend on changing these pickups in the CP Jazzmaster, it's a great guitar and an excellent value, and it's easily the most well crafted MIM guitar I have ever played or owned.

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                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Nice axe

                    By Bluesplayer

                    from Fruita, Colorado

                    About Me Experienced

                    Ask me a question

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

                      This is a MIM guitar, but that's not a bad thing, in my opinion. Think about it: most of the guitars which are played by players who play weekend gigs in clubs and garage bands, play instruments which are manufactured in Mexico, Korea, Japan, China, or someplace other than the good old USA. These guitars are the 'work horses' of most musicians, and are the backbones of a lot of bands who play and work hard to entertain us.
                      And this guitar is as good as any of the guitars which are made in foreign countries. All you have to do, if you're going to play gigs, particularly with Fender MIM guitars, is replace the historically 'weak' pups, and you're good to go. But the standard pups are pretty good, just as they are. The craftsmanship of this guitar is first rate. The fit and finish is outstanding. I have a lot of other guitars (I suffer from the common decease called GAS - guitar acquisition syndrome) which are made in the USA, and the quality and overall finish of this guitar is as good as most of them.
                      The only thing I didn't like; when I received it from MF, the action was set way too high. I fixed that issue in a few minutes, so it was no big deal. The pups are 'hotter', as advertised, but they're almost too 'hot' for my taste. That's just my personal opinion, however, and a lot of other players might love them just the way they are.
                      I play mostly Stratocasters (EC signature, original 62, SRV signature), and play through a Carvin Vintage 50 (4x10 cab), Tone King Imperial, Fender Blues Deluxe, and a few other tube amps. I bought this guitar as a relatively inexpensive 'change of pace' from my Strats, and I haven't been disappointed. I can play 'surf' music with it through the Carvin, and blues and jazz through the Tone King. I also get some really nice blues tones with it when it's plugged into the Blues Deluxe.
                      My overall rating is 4 stars. It's a nice axe, but it's not up to the same standard of my custom shop EC Strat, and shouldn't be. After all: it's less than a quarter of the price! I like this guitar, and would recommend it to anyone who wants a nice, very well built, good playing, and good sounding, guitar which isn't going to break their bank account.

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