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A modern take on a classic.
A unique and modern take on the classic Jazzmaster guitar from one of its most well known-players. An update of a timeless classic, this Jazzmaster electric guitar features purple sparkle paint with a matching headcap, an "o-matic"-style bridge, anodized pickguard, reinforced tremolo arm housing for improved fit, jumbo frets and a satin finished neck. The Adjusto-Matic™ bridge provides better intonation, resonance, and playability. Jumbo frets facilitate easier note bending.
From Dinosaur Jr to the Fog, J Mascis and his energetic lead guitar style took the Fender Jazzmaster to a new place and introduced the guitar to a new generation. In addition to its stunning looks, this guitar from the Artist Series has many player-centric modifications as requested by J Mascis himself.
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The basswood body makes it light but doesn't help the tone or sustain. The bridge is the worst I've ever seen on a Fender, it looks like a cheap ABR-1 with really loose tolerances. The pickups are more similar to Jaguars or Strats, they don't have a Jazzmaster sound. These jumbo frets are a little different than the USA jumbo frets, maybe a hair wider and a different alloy, they looked tarnished when I got it new. The aluminum pickguard has rough edges, enough to scratch you if you run your hand along the edge. It's playable and sounds okay, but you can get just as good sound and playability from a guitar that costs a lot less. And this one doesn't even come with a gigbag.
First Guitar I have bought that was not made in the USA. It was meant to be a present. Once I got it, I couldn't let it go. Almost on par with my '65 Jaguar. The Jag's pickups are superior. I did however buy two of them. One as a present.
Like the guitar. Flashy but the color is not as purple as the online picture shows. It's more of a maroon - redish sparkle, which is a little more appealing to the guys. I agree that the finish on the neck feels kind of cheap. But overall, it is a nice guitar for MIJ. I think that all signature guitars should have a signature case or gig bag. This one came with none. Also, I didn't receive a booklet, product card, or registration. So, now I have to call and complain. I hate that!
LOOKS & FINISHI fell in love with this guitar because i've always wanted a Jazzmaster and i liked the attention whore finish on this J Mascis edition. With that being said it's VERY difficult to judge the looks of this guitar from pictures because it looks so different in person depending on the lighting conditions. The purple is much deeper and can look almost black in weakly lit areas. It can also look fuschia at times. Under brighter lights and natural sunlight the purple really comes alive and looks beautiful. The sparkle is much more subdued than in the photos seen here and the fender site. The sparkle isn't as loud on the actual guitar and may not be as abrasive to alot of traditionalists that are put off my the color. The gold pickguard looks better in person too . It's got a brushed brass color to it and changes depending on the angle. It can look gold colored as well as silver , sometimes even cream. It compliments the purple well. I had planned on changing it but i think i'll keep it nowTONEI'm getting great tone out of this thing and have been really pleased with the versatility it offers. I can get beautiful bright cleans as well as deep warm ,almost acoustic sounds. The guitar can be very bright by the way but it all depends on how you set the tone + amp setting . Nothing i would say was a problem. With distorion i can get deep fuzzy sounds , poppy high end stuff, Noisy grunge tone , just about anything i want so far. The Jazzmaster controls offer alot of options for tone and i'm still finding new things i can do. NECKThe neck is my favorite. I was initially reluctant to order the guitar because i have small hands but once it came in and i got to play it my mind was at ease. The neck seems of average thickness to me so i haven't found it to be uncomfortable at all. The satin finish is awesome! This is the first guitar i've owned that had a satin finish and i don't think i'll play anything but satin for the rest of my life. It feels so much smoother and faster than the glossy necks . Not as sticky. It's like a pool cue gliding through a chalked hand. Very smooth. The jumbo frets are great and seem to fit perfectly with the 7.25 radius of the guitar. Some say the action is high on this guitar but it feels great to me and i have a light touch . I play mostly rhythm so the big frets in combination with the smaller radius makes it really playable. It doesn't take alot of pressure to get a good sound which makes chords and rhythm playing a breeze . I've also had no problems with bends or the guitar fretting out so don't be afraid of the 7.25 radius. It's VERY friendly.MISC.- The Adjust-o-matic bridge has been great so far. I haven't had any problems with the strings jumping out of thier saddles so far although my friend who plays harder than me did manage to get one knocked out of place. He strums closer to the bridge than i do.- Guitar came set up nicely from the factory . No buzzing , no problems. Intonation has been fantastic even with heavy use of the tremelo.- The weight of the guitar feels average to me. I thought the basswood would be lighter for some reason but thats a good thing. It feels very solid , looks and sounds beautiful. The offset body is great , Nothing feels better. Nothing on this guitar looks or feels cheap to me- Basswood sounds great. Don't let anyone tell you different. I was suprised and how nice this guitar sounded unplugged. Louder than i expected , better acoustics. The sustain was better than expected too.J Mascis knew what he was doing. This Jazzmaster rocks. Great guitar . Great Personality . Extremely versatile. Try it out. =)
I liked the guitar so much that after I bought one for my Granddaughter, I had to have one myself. Compares well with my '64 Jaguar and really pushes my '67 Bassman to the walls. It beats my new American Tele in all aspects.
I'm a bass player that plays a little guitar on the side, and I saw this guitar in my local music store. I said to myself it's the J.Mascis Jazzmaster. That thing was beautiful, I mean gorgeous. She played like a dream. Those pickups sounded amazing. All those switches for the lead/rhythm circuits is an excellent feature. The pickups could get any sound out of them. From rock to jazz to metal, whatever you play you can play it on this guitar. I recommend you buy this guitar if you're thinking about it.
First, let me say that I'm a big fan of the "Offset", since I have an Original Jazzmaster and a Jaguar. When I saw the Purple Sparkle and the bridge mod, I just had to have one, and I'm happy to say that this version is really nice. I think the frets and bridge combination really makes this one stand out. It almost plays itself, and stays in tune even with the 9's on it. The only feature I don't care for is the finish on the neck, not slick enough for me. Otherwise the sparkle really makes this one stand out and it is flawless. I'll keep this one.
This is a great guitar. But there are some problems. I own a real jazzmaster and maybe thats why I feel like this jazzmasters a little cheep. Frist the bridge slots will need to be filled,if you bend like J Mascis. The tremolo is weak. The arm just feels cheep,and is a little short compared to the American. But the sound is great and the jumbo frets rock! The bridge and frets give this one a real crisp sound. I used to have a japan jazzmaster back in the day and the tremolo was much better. I think that it odd that J Mascis uses the tremolo alot and this cheep version is on his guitar! Thats really the worst of it. But I don't think that I could not have one in my collection. The purple sparkle is out of sight.
Fender J. Mascis Jazzmaster Guitar. I don?t usually write reviews but this deserves it. I've been playing for 3o years. The guitar virtually plays itself because of the jumbo frets. The neck is a beefy C shape with a fast satin finish. I own a dozen guitars, Stratocasters, Telecasters, SG?s, Les Paul?s, 2 Custom Build, etc. This guitar does it all. The lead setting is crisp and clear, but will grind like an SG with P90?s if you want it to. The Rhythm setting can sound deep and hollow if you set it right. You can?t get a bad sound out of this guitar. I?ve used it through my Vox AC15 and My Blues Jr. It sounds great through both. My pedal setup is, a TRex Alberta, Visual Sound H20, TRex Compressor, MXR Phaser 45, EH POG (Poly Octive Generator), EH Big Muff, Mutron 5. The Purple color is much nicer in person than any photo on the net. Not a big fan of basswood, but it sounds good. The one issue you will encounter here is keeping the high E and B strings in the bridge slot. Fender used a Gibson style tuno-matic bridge and you will need to file down the string slots a little. The reason the strings pop out is because the break angle on the string is not that steep and does not keep enough tension on the bridge. If you?re a banger (I am), have it set up properly and you will be in heaven!
Nifty guitar, I tried it out at the local shop and plugged it into a variety of amplifiers to test the tonal range of the pickups. Through the Marshalls I was able to get nice chunk and that lovely fuzz that the guitar's namesake produces. The cleans through the Twin Reverb were mellow and glassy, very good for jazz. The sonic pallete really allows for just about anything. If you want a more pointed clean, buy a Strat. The finish and hardware is all really nice(like any other Fender) and promises to hold up over a long time. If you don't like the purple sparkle, spend the extra and buy the American Vintage version, but if you don't mind, then you can essentially have the vintage model for a much more economically friendly price. Overall, I think it's a pretty nice piece and certainly one to pick up if you have the means.