Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster

I have had the chance, finally, to play on the new Jazzmaster Fender is releasing.  It is what you would expect from a Fender Jazzmaster guitar.  The Jazzmaster neck pickup has a very warm, creamy sound.  Sound great running through a little fuzz.  I didn’t have any noise at all on either pickup, at practice room volumes, which was a bit of a surprise to me.
The neck on the guitar is amazing.  Most of the Fender necks I’ve played on seem to be a bit too big for me to play comfortably, but the Blacktop series doesn’t seem to have this issue.  I had no problems executing sweeps, changing chord positions, or making pitch harmonics squeal.  I enjoyed playing this guitar for sure.

There are a couple of things I was disappointed about.  The guitar doesn’t come with a gig bag or case.  The lack of a hard case doesn’t surprise me, but a gig bag was expected.  The Jazzmaster, also, needed to be setup out of the box, as it was completely unplayable.  That could have been a fluke, but it was still annoying to have to deal with.

All in all, for less than $500 these guitars are sure to be a hit.  There wasn’t anything about playing the guitar that turned me off to buying the guitar.  Even with the little flaws, they are well worth the money and will surely give hours of fun for anyone that buys one.

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