The new American Original series from Fender builds on every aspect of the companies illustrious past, encompassing the same passion for design, tone and innovation as they always have. Initially introduced as Fenders top of the line model in the late 50's, the Fender Jazzmaster was the deluxe instrument intended to supersede the Stratocaster. Designed with jazz players in mind, it actually found favour with alternative musicians from the 60's onwards, contributing heavily to the sound and aesthetic of Surf, New Wave and Grunge to name but a few. The Fender American Original series maintains the styling and tone of the original Fender guitars that revolutionized popular music, with a more modern feel and playability.
Designed to be as period correct as possible, the American Original 60’s Jazzmaster in Ocean Turquoise is based on the bound Rosewood necked Jazzmasters that Fender was producing in the mid 1960's. Comprised of an Alder and Maple neck with Rosewood fingerboard, pearloid dot inlays and white binding, the American Original 60’s Jazzmaster also features uniquely 60’s custom colour finishes in nitrocellulose lacquer, allowing the wood to breathe and the finish to age naturally.
The American Original 60’s Jazzmaster also features authentic wax potted Pure Vintage ’65 single coil Jazzmaster pickups, with cloth covered output wire, fiber bobbins and alnico V magnets, just as they would have had in ‘65 with flush mounted pole pieces. Combined with the traditional Rhythm and Lead circuit switching, the tonal range of vintage Jazzmasters is one of their most cherished features, and the American Original series accurately recreates that mixture of chime and warmth.
The Mid 60's ‘C’ shaped neck profile is not quite as full as the early 60's version, and will feel familiar to those players used to a more modern 'C' shape profile of other Fender models. The American Original 60’s Jazzmaster in Ocean Turquoise also benefits from a 9.5” fingerboard radius giving the player a more modern feel and playability across the neck. Additional vintage spec features include vintage tall profile frets, a three ply brown shell pickguard, vintage style hardware and the vintage style floating tremolo unit with tremolo lock. All Fender American Original series guitars also include a period correct hard shell case.
The Fender American Original 60’s Jazzmaster in Ocean Turquoise is the latest progression in the timeline of the biggest cult hero in Fenders history. Musicians have been using the Jazzmaster to innovate and go against the grain ever since it's release, and the American Original Jazzmaster ensures that will continue to be the case.
Body Shape: Jazzmaster
Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Shape: Mid 60's 'C'
Scale Length: 25.5"
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Vintage Tall
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.650"
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Vintage-Style
Neck Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Fingerboard: Round Laminated Rosewood
Position Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Bridge Pickup: Pure Vintage '65 Single Coil Jazzmaster
Neck Pickup: Pure Vintage '65 Single Coil Jazzmaster
Controls: Lead Circuit: Volume, Tone. Rhythm Circuit: Volume, Tone
Pickup Switching: 3 Position - Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge & Neck Pickup, Position 3. Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration: SS
Bridge: Vintage Style Floating Tremolo With Tremolo Lock Button And Push In Tremolo Arm
Tuning Machines: Pure Vintage Single Line "Fender Deluxe"
Pickguard: 3-Ply Brown Shell
Control Knobs: Aged White 'Witch Hat'