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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

Includes Deluxe Gig Bag
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FenderClassic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 72 reviews)

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81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (18)
  • Good tone (17)
  • Fun to play (16)
  • Solid electronics (16)
  • Good pick up (14)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)
  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (15)
  • Practicing (14)
  • Recording (12)
  • Small venues (10)
  • Rock concerts (7)
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    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (7)

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

 

Tired of fakes under the Fender banner last time I buy one.

No blame for this piece of ________ can be laid at MF's door........unless someone there "inspected" this instrument and passed it along as...Read complete review

No blame for this piece of ________ can be laid at MF's door........unless someone there "inspected" this instrument and passed it along as being ok. This guitar came to me with horrible setup-action worse than many no name guitars I have seen. The bridge pup does not work. Looking under the pick guard, I found 3 cold solder joints on the pus and tone pot. The shielding on the guard's underside is ripped and torn.
My first electric guitar was a real fender rental for lessons back in the early 1960's. My parents could not afford to buy it and I had to play something cheaper--quite like this jazzmaster clone. I have since bought various fender guitars, if you can really call them fenders--in my book they are cheap imports with a fender decal---anyway after having bought several "fenders" over the years--this will be the last one. I will add that I have two american made real fenders and I am very happy with them and my fender amps. This jazzmaster is not a total loss, I had planned to put Seymour Duncan antiquity II pups on later; I'm just doing it a couple of months early.

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(17 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Jazmaster ever made!

By The Dude

from Kona, Hawaii

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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! :)

    (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    CP Jazzmaster Review

    Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

    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.

    (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice axe

    By Bluesplayer

    from Fruita, Colorado

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    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.

      (8 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      fender with a gibson problem

      By thee jessman

      from ohio

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      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.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Quite a nice guitar

      By Kelly Minnis

      from College Station, TX

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      Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

      I've not played AVRI JM's, but I've played a 64 vintage JM, and I've owned a Blacktop and still own a 94 MIJ besides this one, and I can tell you that this is a fine guitar. Much nicer than I was led to believe by the fan boys on the forums.
      Pretty much what you'd expect from a JM, except done right. The Adjustomatic bridge instead of the vintage one that everybody replaces; the pickups are hotter and meatier but not in a gorilla dual humbucker kind of way (I like that these are different than the Pickup Wizards in my MIJ JM); I actually prefer the modern radius and medium jumbo frets on here; finish is nice. My only complaint here is that I don't like the Strat-style screw-in trem arm. Some people complain about the tremolo base being closer to the bridge, that it's not vintage spec but it doesn't bother me. I can't tell the difference really.
      Every bit as nice as the American and Japanese Fenders I already own. You're not buying a cheap guitar here.
      At the price this guitar is every bit as nice, and to modern hands perhaps nicer, than buying a used Japanese guitar and having to spend the $$ on those everyone has to spend (replacement bridge & pickups). This has the sound and the look without paying the big price. Sheesh, I got this one used on here at Musicians Friend for a fantastic bargain.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Better than the original

      By Dgallahar

      from Santee, CA

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      Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

      This guitar (at least the one I got) is superb. In my opinion, it's better than the originals. The well known problems with this model have been fixed. The PU's are excellent sounding---provided you don't expect them to sound like a Tele or Strat. This guitar was designed to get a fuller, more mellow jazz sound. For whatever reasons, this guitar has a firmer, more clear sound than most electric guitars. This sound makes for an excellent rythmn guitar. It has some good lead qualities too, but don't expect it to be a screetching distortion machine. You have to appreciate it on it's own terms, or you'll be dissappointed.

      As for me, I'm having a great time with it. Don't buy the "62" American made version which has all the old problems--- this one a better, more usable guitar.
      There are those who say the one of the reasons the Jazzmaster never became a big seller is because players found the dual circuits too complex. Personally, I find it very straightforward to use the dual circuits, and it's a really usefull feature.
      I was amazed how good the quality of this Mexican made guitar is. The burst is very well done and though the finish is poly, it's not slathered on. Everything on this guitar looks sharp and clean, very good quality. You won't do any better with one of the American made models.
      Anyone who complains about the price is lacking perspective. In the early 60's, we paid about half this for a Strat. The was full list price and there was no discounting in those days. In today's dollars that amount would be about 3 times this asking price.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      You Stay Classy, Jazzmaster

      By Stewart Wood

      from Canada, land of the free. With purchase.

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      Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

      Really happy with my black JM, not a single gripe comes to mind. The action and intonation out of the box were good (but subsequntly I fine-tuned it and got it right for my preference) and the strings on it were fine, but again I put my own preferred choice on, which are much heavier.

      The pickups are good. Not great; merely good. I was a little disappointed with them, but I suspect that fault lies with my taste and not Fender's production. They seem a little flat to my cloth-ears, but then I am all about the treble these days, which is unfair to expect JM to provide that. when it's a personal preference thing.
      People who use Jazzmasters generally have a good idea what they are about, as usually they are not the first or second or third places to start discovering guitars after LP's, Strats and hideous pointy things. That being the case, there are a number of features that JM's have which really set them far apart from the more mainstream guitars: i.e. the tremeloe, the switching, the pickups.

      The CP JM has all these, of course, and what really impresses me is that the classic issues of JM's - the bridge - has been addressed here. And Fender have done well. I really like the attention to detail with the CP. Everything works, works well, and is made well.
      The JM is extremely well made; fit and finish are AAA+++, and believe me I have looked for faults. I don't much care for the thick poly finish, but at this price I suppose nitro is out of the question. It's very nice to play: neck is long and comfortable, body shape is just right. My favourite oart: the wavy lines and the headstock logo. That gets me every time. Classy!
      Great value. A soft case is included, which is fine, and the Fender warranty is pretty comprehensive.

      (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great value

      By Coochmonger

      from Freedom, CA

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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

        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.

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        CP Jazzmaster

        By Johnny

        from Oregon

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

          Bought this guitar about a year ago. Call it what you like this isn't your average Jazz guitar. WHAT'S IN A NAME ANYWAY? If your serious about Jazz get a Archtop. If want a guitar that will play any style well but does so kind of middle of the road a Jazzmaster is a good choice. The pickups are a tad hotter than the originals, and have adjusting screws like P-90's. I like the the pickups, but some people don't and change them, I'll keep is as is. I can play Jazz on it but also Country and some Blues and Rock. Mostly I use it for my Church Band part of the time and have taken it to a few recording sessions. It's not my main guitar but I always wanted one when I was a kid back in the early 60's. Okay so it took me almost 50 years to get one, and I've had allot of gutars I didn't like as well. The CPJM is a good value for me, why buy a '62 reissue when this comes close enough and plays so well? I like the upper bout controls and use it to switch from mellow to bright with the flick of a switch. The thing I recommend is fixing the the tremolo so the ballends don't hit the back of the tremolo plate. (Hint:)Take off a few 100th of an inch, filed off the back of the base plate behind the string mounting plate does the job, now the tremolo doesn't mess with the strings and works way better.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Excellent Guitar with Some Caveats

          By Aquarianus

          from Boston, MA

          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:

            Pros:
            Excelent tone--1000k pots give a bright, jangly clean sound. Nice hot pickups. No bright switch needed on your amp with this guitar.

            Comfortable to play. Not too heavy. Great finish and tremolo. No major issues here.

            This is currently my go-to gigging guitar.

            Cons:
            The neck--OMG. The truss rod screw is located at the bottom of the neck inside the neck pocket, so in order to give the truss rod a little 1/4 twist you have to remove the entire neck from the body, then reassemble it. Everytime you want to make even a minor adjustment you have to go through this whole exercise. Whoever decided to put this neck on this great guitar ought to be shot. If you don't put a gouge in the guitar with your screwdriver while doing this over and over you deserve a medal. My CPJ came with the action ridiculously high, and four years later I still have to make occasional adjustments in the winter as the air dries out. Really a shame.

            The tone--when you drop the volume knob below nine, the brightness disappears and the guitar sounds muddy. Some may like this, but I don't need two tone controls on my guitar. I put in a treble bleed circuit and now it stays bright all the way down. After much experimentation I settled on a .001 mF capacitor with a 10K resistor (not 100K as is used in mnay other guitars), in series. Anything higher than 10K dampens the tone as the volume is decreased, and anything lower is too bright.

            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great workhorse

            By Ford

            from Wacka Wacka

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            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.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Guitar For Everyone

            By The Jazz Master

            from NH

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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
              • 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.

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Exceptional Value for a GREAT Guitar

              By Ugotdajonx

              from Chicago, IL

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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:

                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.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Much improved Jazzmaster design

                By jbspear

                from Undisclosed

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                Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

                I purchased this guitar used from Musiciansfriend.com and I received it in mint condition -- I couldn't find a mark on it. The neck was a little warped when I received it but a couple of turns of the truss rod immediately fixed that problem. I always thought the Jazzmaster was the most beautiful of all Fender guitar designs and this Players model is no exception. Even though it is made in Mexico, the quality is impeccable. I do wish it was available in more colors than just black or sunburst.
                With this Players model, Fender has solved every problem that ever existed with Forrest White’s original Jazzmaster design from 50+ years ago. The original wobbly unstable bridge has been replaced with a tune-o-matic style bridge that stays in its place. That, combined with reducing the space between the tremolo and the bridge for a tighter string angle, has greatly improved the guitar's sustain, not to mention stability and intonation. Many Jazzmaster players (including me) have spent a lot of money for products like the Buzz Stop and the Mastery Bridge to solve these problems on older Jazzmasters but now Fender has fixed it for you, in a very well made affordable package . The new hotter pickups are also a great improvement -- they sound more like those on my old 1960 Jazzmaster and I can prove it because I have recordings of myself playing it back in 1962.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                sumpin' for everybody

                By No Hooks? No Gigs!

                from San Diego,CA

                Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

                Black Mex Jazzmaster - 41 years after I yearned for one after borrowing my friends Olympic White for some junior-high school dances in 1967. He paid a fortune of $265 for it then, but I dug how it made me sound like Ventures, Beach Boys and Steve Cropper. In those days you had to get the kids dancing on the 2nd song or else they threw sissors at you to get a haircut. But the split pickup Jazzmaster's clean bite won 'em over and cut thru the drummer's snare/hi-hat. However, as the 60's glassy surf sounds became old-school and Hendrix's loopy phrasing was in, I missed the Jazzmaster in 1970 as CBS phased out production. Lately, Fender's done it right. Now when I play tuxedo-money gigs, I do soft dinner jazz for the baby-boomers who like the retro melodies of old standards, and then crank it up into reverb surf and Motown soul. After dark, when they get drunk and think they're 17 again, the Jazzmaster delivers full on like a Strat. This Mex Jazzmaster is versatile. Now I take both my Black Mex Jazz and USA Surf Green Strat to gigs and use the Strat to make overly familiar SRV noise, but the Jazzmaster matches my tux for sober dinner elegance, sealing the deal way before night falls.

                (4 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Absolute JUNK

                By Guido Sanchez

                from Eugene Or

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                Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

                I tried to buy one of these tonight. The neck was so badly bowed the truss rod wouldn't budge it at all.The upper roller tone knob had a wiring issue and squeeled through the ampDue to the warped neck it buzzed on the first fret on 2 stings and fretted out at the 11th-14 frets.

                (3 of 6 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.

                (3 of 4 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.

                    (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.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Review

                    By Livesforgear

                    from long island ny

                    See all my reviews

                    Comments about Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar:

                    For the money, you can't beat it.Out of the box, its alright, but with a guitar of this scale length you really wanna throw heavier strings on and get it set up properly. Because without that it can feel a bit floppy/loose.It doesn't play quite the same as you're typical jazzmaster (AVRI, MIJ, etc..), but thats not a bad thing, the tune-o-matic makes it easier to intonate and get a proper string height. And the neck shape is a bit different, but still plays great.The tone may take some getting used to. The 1 meg pots it uses can be a lot brighter than the sound you're used to getting out of your tele/strat/les paul. but if you dial down the volume or tone just a tad, it sweetens up nicely.

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