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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.

New Fender Black Top Series Guitars

UPDATE!!!!! UPDATE!!!!! They are up for sale, so those of you who have been dying to get your hands on the Blacktop, nows the chance…..

The long awaited and debated Black Top guitars are here.  Fender is releasing, sometime in September, 4 new guitars.  They are all body styles we know and love: the Telecaster, Stratocaster, Jazzmaster, and Jaguar (pictured below in this order).  If the street price that is rumored is correct, $450, then we can expect them to take off.

Telecaster HH – The Telecaster features an Alder body, maple neck, and a rosewood or maple fretboard.  The bridge pickup is a Hot Vintage Alnico,  and the neck pickup is a Hot Vintage Alnico, both are nickel covered and humbuckers.  Fretboard Radius is 9.5″ and has 22 Medium Jumbo frets.  3 position pickup switch.  Available in Black, Candy Apple Red, and Silver, with Black pick guard.

Stratocaster – The Stratocaster features an Alder body, maple neck, and a rosewood or maple fretboard.  The bridge pickup is a Hot Vintage Alnico,  and the neck pickup is a Hot Vintage Alnico, both are nickel covered and humbuckers.  Fretboard Radius is 9.5″ and has 22 Medium Jumbo frets.  5 position pickup switch.  Position 1 is just the bridge humbucker, position 2 is both pickups, but just the inner single coils.  Position 3 is both humbuckers in full.  Position 4 is just the outer single coil in the neck.  Position 5 is the neck humbucker. Available in Black, Candy Apple Red, and Sonic Blue with either a Black or Mint Green pick guard.

Jazzmaster – The Jazzmaster features an Alder body, maple neck, and a rosewood fretboard.  The bridge pickup is a Ducan Designed Humbucker,  and the neck pickup is a Jazzmaster Single coil pickup.  Fretboard Radius is 9.5″ and has 21 Medium Jumbo frets.  3 position pickup switch.  American Vintage Jazzmaster Tremolo with Adjusto-Matic bridge and Tremolo lock button.  Available in 3-color Sunburst and Black, with either a Black or Mint Green pick guard.

Jaguar – The Jaguar features an Alder body, maple neck, and a rosewood fretboard.  The bridge pickup is a Hot Vintage Alnico,  and the neck pickup is a Hot Vintage Alnico, both are nickel covered and humbuckers.  Fretboard Radius is 9.5″ and has 22 Medium Jumbo frets.  3 position pickup switch.  Adjusto-Matic bridge with anchored tail piece.  Available in Silver and Black, with either a black or mint green pick guard.

I will be excited to try these out, as I am sure many others will be.  With a September launch, it will be a while, but if someone gets a hold of one before I can post and say my experience with them, please share.  I will be doing a follow up on each of the guitars separately as I get a chance to play them.

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