You heard the Fender '62 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar on numerous surf and rock instrumentals in the '60s, new-wave chart-toppers in the '70s, and alternative hits in the '80s. Now it's ready for the mi... Read More
You heard the Fender '62 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar on numerous surf and rock instrumentals in the '60s, new-wave chart-toppers in the '70s, and alternative hits in the '80s. Now it's ready for the millennium. Two vintage soapbar pickups. Contoured alder body with offset waist. 21-fret rosewood fingerboard. Switchable lead and rhythm circuits. Floating tremolo with Tremolo-Lock. One-piece maple neck. A classic sound of rock guitar history can be yours.
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The AVRI '62 Jazzmaster is a great instrument if you're looking for a mellow, less-shrill-than-a-Strat solution. In my opinion, having a Jazzmaster and a Tele in your arsenal would allow the majority of players to get nearly any tone you could ask for. It is important to note that JMs love heavier gauge strings. I have D'Addario's .12 flatwounds on my AVRI JM and it sounds amazing. Fit and finish of the guitar were excellent upon arrival. The nitro finish smells awesome the first time you open the case...pancakes anyone? The tremolo works beautifully and stays firmly in-tune (I suggest learning how to properly set-up the guitar, and the trem lock if you aren't familiar w/ JMs).
My other main guitar is an American Strat, so that's my basis for comparison. Where the Strat is versatile for how it produces the tones a guitar should, this guitar is versatile in that the pickups give you extremely different tones. I prefer playing the neck pickup with the rhythm circuit off, but whereas I feel like the 5 positions on the Strat produce nearly identical tones, all three positions on the Jazzmaster produce radically different sounds. Basically, I love this guitar because it's a complete change of pace of tone compared to the Strat, even if on first listen most people would prefer the sort of generic (maybe familiar is a better word) tones of the Strat. The one thing that I think is inarguable is the tremolo system on the Jazzmaster is the easiest to operate on any guitar I've ever picked up. Also, unlike one of the reviews, I thought it came set up rather well.
This is a fantastic guitar! To play any style of music, IMO all you need is an American Jazzmaster and an American Strat! If you want to do "dive bombs" then you'll need something with a Floyd Rose, however. The vibrato (tremolo) never knocks the guitar out of tune. It is a definite improvement over the Strat's system. The tone of the pickups is outstanding, somewhat between a Gretsch Dynasonic and a Gibson P90. I have no idea why this guitar isn't more popular!
This a precise replica of the original '62. Remember you are buying a "reissue"... Exact sound, quality, and feel. It also means it has the same exact flaws - detunes because of bridge and floating tremolo,same old tuners- not the deluxe modern machine heads you find on modern Fenders in this price range, and the Fender logo sticker on the headstock that can eventually peel off... If you are getting this as a player's piece, you will need to make modifications; the pickups are classic fender but have their own unique twang; the finish is beautiful.
The jazzmaster had become a staple in indie rock. Is it the unique pickups? The bridge? The tone? Well, it's all of that. In neck position this guitar sounds LUSH. There's nothing like it in the electric OR acoustic world. Sometimes there's guitars that are famous for a reason. This is one of them. Nothing sounds like it. The bridge position is clinky and twangy, and I mean that in the GREATEST way possible. Think of Sonic Youth, Dinosaur JR, all those indie bands you love. It is this guitar. These unique pickups. The "imperfect" bridge which makes the guitar all the more characteristic and lovely to play. Strike below the bridge and it chimes, hit the strings hard for that wonderful clank and ambience. It may have it's problems, but we LOVE IT!
If you want a vintage Jazzmaster but don?t want to spend a small fortune this is the guitar for you. The 62 Jazzmaster RI offers the same vibe and feel as the original, but at a price that is much more friendly on your pocket book. When played through a Deluxe Reverb with the reverb turned to 7 this guitar has that unmistakable surf sound of the 60's, and when you crank up the volume this thing can really growl. The Jazzmaster sounds like a Strat with more bite but with slightly less twang then a Tele one the bridge pickup (think early Elvis Costello), and the bridge pickup has a fuller and clearer than a Strat but more lively than a P-90. The fit and feel of the 62 Jazzmaster are top-notch. The maple neck is sleek and fast, and allows for easy access to all the frets. The finish on mine is fantastic with no visible flaws or imperfections. Frets are neatly dressed with no sharp edges and the action is low and fast. The 62 RI plays just as good as any of the originals that I have been lucky enough to play, and it costs a fraction of the price. So if you are looking for something other then the standard Strat or Tele, the 62 Jazzmaster RI is a great guitar at a great price.
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