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Jazzmasters are proving to experience a solid comeback into the mainstream these days, after being Fender's underdogs and indie kids' favourites. Many players who were true to their Strats and Teles are only now discovering these truly inspiring instruments. As a result, Jazzmasters are increasingly hard to get in the second-hand market, mainly because everyone who owns one won't want to part with it.


Most of the time Jazzmasters coming up for sale are traditional models made either in Japan or Mexico. Many more rock-oriented players really want to get one of these, cause they are more or less affordable, but then quickly discover a whole list of drawbacks (and come to us for modifications). Firstly, the original bridge design with ridged adjustable saddles doesn't really work that well with lighter string gauges and with more aggressive rhythm playing - strings just pop out of the saddles all the time. So Mustang or a tune-o-matic bridges are good upgrades.


Secondly, the original pickups and A1MEG pots provide a very trebly sound. So lowering the value of the pots or replacing at least the bridge pickup with a more powerful model is very common for rock players. The rhythm circuit, originally meant for jazz players in the 1960s, isn't really doing much besides making the neck pickup muddy. Everyone wants a series/parallel mod.


And finally, the necks on the vast majority of Jazzmaster reissues are surprisingly thin, which is fine if you have small hands, but a pain for everyone else.


So many people love the looks of the Jazzmasters but then want extensive mods to make it work for their rock, alternative or indie music. Here's when custom models, like the one here, come into play.


The guitar for sale is truly unique, sporting that rustic knotter alder satin finish and a striking tortoiseshell pickguard, inspired by the famous Elvis Costello Jazzmaster. Custom UK-made body resonates very nicely and has solid sustain and loud acoustic tone without being overly heavy. The body has very lovely vintage-accurate contours and comes with full inner cavities aluminium foil shielding, which together with the aluminium-backed pickguard creates a so-called "Faraday Cage", that helps curb any interference.


This guitar comes with a medium-sized C-shape Stratocaster neck from a 2011 Fender American Special model. The neck features a beautifully figured slab rosewood fretboard, medium jumbo frets with no wear, fretboard radius of 9.5 inch for easier bending, fitting satin back finish, big CBS style headstock and modern truss-rod. Fender tuners and truss-rod work smoothly and the neck is straight as an arrow.


Unique features continue with the electronics. In order to make this sound as good as it looks, we've installed a pair of truly special pickups: a Seymour Duncan Vintage single-coil in the neck position and a Seymour Duncan Hot single-coil bridge pickup. These have a very full sound and a broad range of variation via the volume and tone knobs. Perfect for most genres, including heavier grunge and alt-rock stuff. Outstanding string-to-string separation and tonal detail.


Wiring is all USA-spec with the highest grade components, including CTS USA A250K pot for the volume and tone, Switchcraft output socket, Switchcraft 3-way toggle and 2-way slider switches and vintage-correct cloth-covered wires. Smooth treble roll-off with a growly low end is provided by a Orange Drop tone capacitor.


Traditional rhythm circuit that has very limited application and usually just makes the neck pickup sound muddy was ditched in favour of a much more useful and exciting 4th sound. Slider on the upper horn engages both pickups in-series, where both coils essentially act as a spaced humbucker, doubling the output and overdriving any tube amp into sweet heaven. This sound is incredibly balanced thanks to all the twang from the bridge pickup, warmth of the neck and lack of mid scoop, that you usually get in a more traditional "middle" position, where pickups are engaged in-parallel. With the slider down, using the 3-way toggle switch you still get those 3 traditional tones.


Wait, but there is more! If your 3-way toggle is in the neck position and you move the slider switch up - you will get silence. This means in this configuration your slider switch turns into a killswitch for all those brilliant percussive Tom Morello-style tricks!


We started using Hosco Japan vibratos instead of Fender ones only recently, but the quality of the components and the tuning stability of these units is very impressive and consistent. Vibrato works very smoothly and the springs used in these are very responsive, yet stable, always returning to pitch. Tremolo has the lock function, that helps stay in tune in case of a string break. The original long tremolo arm stays in nicely and doesn't flop around.


Traditional Jazzmaster bridge is infamous for its rattling and string slippage, so we decided to use the tried and tested and much more sturdy Mustang bridge with a correct 9.5 inch radius saddles. Now you can hit those strings as hard as you want and lean onto the wiggle stick till your hands hurt!


This instrument received a full professional setup with deep body cleaning, body polish, neck deep clean, lemon oil fretboard treatment, full electronics check, truss-rod and action and intonation adjustment. Restringed with D'addario 10-46 Nickel-plated steel strings.


This guitar will be shipped around UK and EU with Parcelforce courier, safely packed into a sturdy guitar cardboard box. 24h courier service provided to UK customers. Worldwide shipping available as well!

Fender USA Stratocaster neck on a custom knotted Alder Jazzmaster body

  • SPECS:

    MODEL: Custom offset


    COLOUR: Natural stained knotted alder satin finish


    PICKGUARD: 3-ply tortoiseshell


    NECK: 2011 Fender USA American Special Stratocaster medium C-shape maple neck, satin finish


    FRETBOARD: rosewood, 9.5-inch radius


    NUT: synthetic bone


    NUT WIDTH: 43 mm


    NECK THICKNESS: 1st fret - 21.1 mm, 12th fret - 22.6 mm


    FRETS: 22 medium jumbo frets with no wear


    TUNERS: Fender sealed tuners, chrome finish


    BODY: custom-made knotted alder body, traditional contours and SS body routing, full aluminium foil cavity shielding


    TOTAL WEIGHT: 3.7 kg


    PLASTICS: off-white pickup covers, Gibson knobs


    BRIDGE: Mustang Japan bridge with solid barrel saddles


    TREMOLO: Hosco Japan Jazzmaster tremolo with pop-in tremolo arm


    WEAR: relic body finish, one extra strap pin hole on the bass horn


    PICKUPS: Seymour Duncan USA Vintage Jazzmaster neck single-coil pickup, Seymour Duncan USA Hot Jazzmaster bridge single-coil pickup


    WIRING: USA-spec wiring with Switchcraft 3-way toggle switch, Mojotone CTS A250K volume and tone pots, Switchcraft slider switch for series/parallel connection (humbucker tone) and kill-switch, Orange Drop ceramic  tone capacitor, Switchcraft output jack, full vintage-style cloth-covered wiring


    Please note that although we put our heart and soul and also all our knowledge into every single guitar we sell, a setup is a personal preference. However, we try to get the best playability out of every guitar and set them up so you can play both rhythm and lead. We also pull them all apart to clean and check every single component and replace all unreliable parts with new ones, from dodgy pots to the whole wiring, tuners, string trees, nuts and etc. All the work done is described in detail in the listing.

    We make sure that every guitar we sell is problem free and take full responsibility for the accuracy of our listing descriptions. All photographs are done by a professional photographer and processed on a calibrated monitor. Some colours might look slightly different on your monitor, but we will always put the official Fender colour name in the listing description, so please study pictures of other guitars with the same colour if you are unsure. We focus on finding great quality guitars and making them reliable and inspiring to play.

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