The marketing talk of an infinite tonal palette is probably overcooking it a tad, but that doesn’t stop this Jazzmaster being, in practical terms, surely the most versatile guitar in all of Fender’s current line-up. And then we come to the really important bit: sounds. And thirdly, the old ‘rhythm circuit’ has been replaced by a phase-flipped mode that lets you control the quackiness by changing the relative levels of the two pickups. So, here is a Jazzmaster that’s unashamedly high-class. For me, the entire reason I bought a Jazzmaster guitar originally is because it was different. It has Fender’s latest Ultra Noiseless pickups, promising all of the tone with none of the electrical buzz; a compound-radius fretboard, flattening out from 10 inches at the nut to 14 at the top of the neck; and a reshaped heel and lower cutaway for better access to the upper frets. Well, it’s all got a bit out of hand. We provide insight and opinion about gear, artists, technique and the guitar industry for all genres and skill levels. We take a look back at Elephant – the duo’s heavy-hitting 2003 garage-rock masterpiece that unleashed rock’s last truly world-conquering riff. is the world’s leading authority and resource for all things guitar. The November 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! The October 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! Of the three new wiring tricks, however, it’s the third – that phase-switching circuit at the top of the guard – that really stands out as a worthy modification to this 62-year-old design. (The bridge pickup can be played in higher- or lower-output settings.) A Jazzmaster in the smooth and sophisticated American Elite tradition really shouldn’t work… and yet, as you’ll already know by the score on this review, it does work – in a big way. The September 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! As on the American Professional model, the nylon inserts around the bridge posts will annoy purists, but they still allow some back-and-forth rocking, and tuning stability is excellent. And now? Offset-waist guitars are hipper than ever and, whether long-term fans like it or not, finding favour with players well beyond the confines of the alt-rock ghetto. Of course, such bold innovation requires presentation to match… and here’s where Fender is going to alienate some people. Flipping the switch, as on the American Professional Jaguar, engages a strangulated quack along the lines of the middle/bridge setting on a Strat; but now we have a couple of roller dials to play with as well. This new compilation from Jack White’s Third Man Records is a treasure trove of 90s shoegaze and space-rock rarities from a set of Michigan bands indebted to the UK scene. We also get locking tuners, a stabilised bridge and a screw-in vibrato arm. In short, this is absolutely a ‘real’ Jazzmaster – just one that doesn’t buzz like a hornet swarm whenever you turn to face your amp. background: url( 0 0 no-repeat; The sound of both pickups in series isn’t especially appealing, but the added shunt provided by this setting could be handy for a subtle solo boost, so we can’t argue with its inclusion – especially as the switch is more or less invisible. Testament legend Alex Skolnick on discovering his inner jazz cat, different rigs for different moods and the influence of Eddie Van Halen. Time to remind ourselves of just 20 of his countless great guitar moments. The DC-based musician on struggling to fit in, finding his tribe with the goth kids, and chasing the guitar sound in his head. It’s fine for Strats and Teles to enjoy the ‘luxury model’ treatment, but how do you apply that to a guitar whose whole identity has become that of the underdog and the outsider? Secondly, an S1 push-button hidden in the volume control has added the option of hearing both pickups in series instead of parallel. The Jazzmaster is Fender for sure but less direct and ‘choppy’ than our reference Strats, without the ‘honk’ of the Tele’s bridge and with a slightly bigger, wider neck voice. Reviewed: Fender American Professional II Jazzmaster The new American Professional II range pushes those designs further. Meanwhile the satin-finished ‘modern D’ neck keeps your left hand supremely comfortable, while the compound-radius fretboard allows for a slick action without choking – even if the 9.5-inch radius of the saddles means the D and G strings are a little high towards the top end of the ’board. } Just a small roll back on one pickup’s output level alters the balance in favour of the other, changing the timbre and reducing the ‘phasiness’ in a way that opens up a whole new range of usable sounds. Combining compression, boost and a powerful EQ section, could this unassuming grey box from Croatia be the ultimate tone-enhancer? They are the Converse Low Tops of the six-string world. The American Professional II range has been developed with the feedback to the first American Professional range, as Justin Norvell, EVP of Fender products explains: “Over the past few years we have refined and elevated the American Professional series as a result of ongoing conversations with our artist partners. A USA-made Jazzmaster that plays right and sounds right straight out of the box. In part two of our look at the chord shapes and sequences which define Paul Simon’s sound, we focus on his early years as a solo artist. }. The Pro II Jazzmaster features two V-Mod II single-coil Jazzmaster pickups. The most dangerous time of year for your wallets is here. Fender's reimagined American Pro II series brings over features from the popular American Ultra line, including a truly ergonomic neck heel. Of course, that was very much the idea when the Jazzmaster was launched in 1958 as a premium guitar for jazz players. The August 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now. In our final part of our look at the stylings of the legendary Three Kings, we tackle the searing style of Freddie King. Better than all that, though, are the electrics – because here, Fender has played no less than three fiendishly smart cards. It was only natural, then, that Fender should include one in its new flagship American Ultra range. The Australian guitarist on her Gibson signature model, Flying Vs, fuzz and why she didn’t sweat the small stuff on new album, O. To some, the very idea of the Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster is monstrous. In the first of a series looking at the chord shapes and sequences used by the Beatles, we get inside the head of John Lennon and find a solid rhythm guitarist with an ear for original chord changes. Like the American Pro Stratocaster, everything "offensive" about the Jazzmaster has been engineered right out of it, and that's what makes it soulless. Perhaps you’ve also noticed the black neck binding, as applied to a handful of offsets in the 70s when the company was really losing its way, and are wondering if its presence here represents an act of industrial sabotage. Fender have ingeniously taken the best parts of their classic designs in the American Professional range, as well as their boundary-pushing designs in the American Elite and Ultra ranges, and combined them for a new and refreshed American Professional II range for 2020.