Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster HS Electric Guitar  

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The Blacktop Jazzmaster HS delivers monster dual-bucker tone without breaking the bank. A vintage-style Duncan-Designed alnico humbucking pickup delivers the hot high-gain power of today's most aggres... Read More

Overview

The Blacktop Jazzmaster HS delivers monster dual-bucker tone without breaking the bank. A vintage-style Duncan-Designed alnico humbucking pickup delivers the hot high-gain power of today's most aggressive sounds while the Duncan-Designed single-coil supplies the bite and twang; other distinctive touches include skirted black amp knobs, and one lean and mean three-way toggle switch rather than the customary barrage of Jazzmaster controls, Features include an alder body, maple neck, 9.5"-radius rosewood fretboard, 21 medium jumbo frets, gloss urethane finish and nickel/chrome hardware.

Features
  • Series: Blacktop
  • Body shape: Jazzmaster
  • Body material: alder
  • Colors: (500) 3-Color Sunburst, (506) Black
  • Neck: maple
  • Neck finish: gloss urethane
  • Fretboard: rosewood
  • Position inlays: white dots
  • String nut: synthetic bone
  • Bridge pickup: 1 Duncan Designed Humbucking Pickup
  • Neck pickup: 1 Duncan Designed Single-Coil Jazzmaster Pickup
  • Pickup switching: 3-Position toggle: Position 1. Full bridge pickupPosition 2. Full neck & bridge pickupsPosition 3. Full neck pickup
  • Controls: master volume, master tone
  • Hardware: nickel/chrome
  • Tuning keys: standard cast/sealed tuning machines
  • Bridge: American Vintage Jazzmaster Tremolo with Adusto-Matic Bridge
  • Strap buttons: vintage style
  • Control knobs: skirted amp knobs
  • Pickguard: 3-ply black (500 3-Color Sunburst), or mint green (506 Sonic Black)
  • Strings: Super 250L's, NPS (.009-.042 gauges)
  • Included accessories: truss rod adjustment wrench
Specifications
  • Scale length: 25.5" (610 mm)
    Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
    Fretboard radius: 9.5" (241)
    Frets: 21, medium jumbo
    Truss rod nut: 3/16" adjustable hex nut
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4.4

(based on 18 reviews)

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Better Than Expected!

Wow this guitar is sweet! I was looking at the classic players jazzmaster but changed my mind and bought the Blacktop at half the price and I'm glad I did. The Pictures on the...Read complete review

Wow this guitar is sweet! I was looking at the classic players jazzmaster but changed my mind and bought the Blacktop at half the price and I'm glad I did. The Pictures on the web site don't do this justice the finish is awesome, I got the sunburst it doesn't have to much yellow like some other MIM's almost a nice tobacco burst.The tone from this guitar is nice, the humbucker is thick and creamy and the neck p90 is nice and smooth, I play thru a Fender Deville 4x10 with a pretty hefty pedalboard and this guitar seems to take to pedals nicely! My only concern is the bridge I know jazzmasters are know for being finikey and with no trem lock intonating is a bit of a chore but it's close enough for Rock and Roll! I Highly Recomend.

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I tried to love it...

...I really did. I was very disappointed when it developed a static problem. The one I originally looked at in GC wasn't sellable because the front pu didn't work at all,...Read complete review

...I really did. I was very disappointed when it developed a static problem. The one I originally looked at in GC wasn't sellable because the front pu didn't work at all, so, realizing everything has a glitch here & there, I still ordered one, despite the horror stories I'd read about the bridge. Loved the retro look, it felt good and played well. It was delivered in good shape, along with the case I ordered. It didn't fit the case, (evidently, the blacktop is a bit wider and longer than the 'official' Jazzmaster) so, back to GC for a usable case and left with a 'get by' case for the weekend, but still not right. I only had one instance of a string jumping track at the bridge, but otherwise not bad. I took it to a gig, but didn't use it, due to still not trusting the bridge issue. When it developed the static problem, I'd had enough, so, took it back to GC and now have an Epiphone Traditional Pro LP on order for the same money. (Read the reviews on that little gem! I use an Epi 335 and it's a fantastic guitar, no qualms here about Epiphone...have had a few and like(d) all of them.) I could've delt with and corrected the bridge issue, but too many other factors made it seem as though that wasn't supposed to be the guitar for me. Someone else may have better luck with a Blacktop Jazzmaster, but my experience, despite wanting to love it, inspired me to return it. Still love the look & feel though!

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4.0

Addendum to "Get What You Pay For"

By Jefferson Hancock

from Santa Cruz, CA

I've raised my rating because of the tone this guitar produces. I used it at a jam session last week and it just melted the room. Both the bridge and neck pickups were clear and the middle setting captured the best of both. It made my strat sound like doo doo when I plugged it in after the Jazzmaster. It's really fun to strum, too because of the action. Concerns about the buzzing, tuning and string problems with the bridge remain, but I'll made do, popping those strings back in, or putting in a different bridge. Beautiful guitar with some flaws-- like a high maintenance lover.

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4.0

Not perfect but a great deal

By Rick Ganguet

from Chico,CA

I like the look of the smoothly curved body. The shaved part where your arm rests on the body feels just right for me. It's solid but not too heavy for a long gig. Controls are simple which I like but I would have liked separate volume for each pickup. Both pickups have a bit of overdriven sound to me. I can't get a really clean sound from either but it's a pleasant edge. The humbucker sounds a bit muffled to me.Not a lot of dynamic range but probably good for hard rock or metal. I prefer the crisp ring of the single coil. I also like a combination of the two. As for the action,well, it was unplayable out of the box. Truss rod was way off and the strings were really far from the neck. Intonation was way off too. Every string was almost a half tone off at the 12th fret. The tech at GC set it up better but due to the bridge design you can only lower the strings so much until you start getting buzzes. Still has a few buzzes but it plays much better and the buzz doesn't come through the amp so it's fine.I haven't played it a lot yet but for the money I think this is a fine guitar.

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5.0

Great Guitar,It's a must have !!

By TROY USSERY

from Macon,Ga

This has to be One of the best set-ups fender has made. The Jazz with a Seymour Duncan humbucking bridge pickup and a p-90 neck.It gives it more bite and sustain than a les paul and with the Black top!It looks as good as it plays Troy D.Ussery

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4.0

Not Bad!

By GERALYNE MALICSI

from Detroit MI

Guitar has great feel, great sound, pretty much great everything. Only had two problems. 1) the bridge. the bridge was awful, the grub screws always dropping out. i popped a mustang bridge in and it is fine now. 2) humbucker was WAY to hot compared to the neck pup. screwed it down a bit and now it's fine. all in all, it's a great buy aside from the bridge.

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4.0

Really Great Guitar for the Price

By Jim Finlaw

from Dayton, Ohio

My wife and I visited GC awhile ago and I really had no intention of buying another guitar. When I saw this blacktop Jazzmaster guitar up on the rack I had to try it out. The look and finish really caught my eye. I love the rich tonal qualities and the simplicity of the controls unlike other Jazzmasters. The fingerboard scale has a very nice feel to it that comparible to a Les Paul. Its now one of my favorite guitars. I already have 3 Les Pauls, a Fender US Strat Plus and several other guitars. I really love the tonal qualities I can create with this Jazzmaster. The hotter Duncan P90 and the Duncan humbucker in the bridge are a great combination. Especially when I play it through my Marshall amp. The only complaint I have with this Jazzmaster guitar is the bridge. The saddles always vibrate loose and I find myself having to reajust them constantly. I'm seriously thinking about upgrading it to a tune-o-matic bridge instead. Otherwise its a great guitar for the price.

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5.0

Thank you!

By francis fong

from Tacoma, WA

I was a little skeptical when i was at the center and searching for a new guitar. most people tell you that if it's made in Mexico to not buy it. DONT LISTEN to them! this guitar is GOLD. I've only really played acoustic my whole life and because this guitar is so great the transition was quite smooth. Let me tell you, this beast looks a lot better in person. When i first plugged in this guitar the clarity and all around good feel of the guitar really pulled me in. This guitar goes great with a nice old tube amp. So my final verdict is this is a great guitar for beginners and intermediates alike, you get more bang for your bucks with THIS guitar.

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3.0

I tried to love it...

By Mike

from Jax, FL

...I really did. I was very disappointed when it developed a static problem. The one I originally looked at in GC wasn't sellable because the front pu didn't work at all, so, realizing everything has a glitch here & there, I still ordered one, despite the horror stories I'd read about the bridge. Loved the retro look, it felt good and played well. It was delivered in good shape, along with the case I ordered. It didn't fit the case, (evidently, the blacktop is a bit wider and longer than the 'official' Jazzmaster) so, back to GC for a usable case and left with a 'get by' case for the weekend, but still not right. I only had one instance of a string jumping track at the bridge, but otherwise not bad. I took it to a gig, but didn't use it, due to still not trusting the bridge issue. When it developed the static problem, I'd had enough, so, took it back to GC and now have an Epiphone Traditional Pro LP on order for the same money. (Read the reviews on that little gem! I use an Epi 335 and it's a fantastic guitar, no qualms here about Epiphone...have had a few and like(d) all of them.) I could've delt with and corrected the bridge issue, but too many other factors made it seem as though that wasn't supposed to be the guitar for me. Someone else may have better luck with a Blacktop Jazzmaster, but my experience, despite wanting to love it, inspired me to return it. Still love the look & feel though!

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5.0

FENDER PUNCH & TONE With the BALLS of a GIBSON ! (the perfect strat / les paul hybrid)

By Devin

from Seattle suburbs, WA

I went to GC to just browse. I had no intention of buying another guitar. There was 1 three tone sunburst blacktop Jazzmaster in the entire store. I was quickly drawn to this guitar just on it's beautiful American quality finish alone. This is a MIM Jazzmaster with Large 70s style headstock with vintage American style Fender Logo. Rose wood neck, alder body, beautiful and rich sounding Duncan P-90 in the neck and Hot Duncan humbucker in the bridge. As other have said... each pickup selection is tonal bliss. Three way selector switch with easy 1 volume and 1 tone knobs. The pickups are IMO perfectly balanced. There is NO need to replace them. They are ballsy, sweet, raunchy and every thing in between. The tone of each is PERFECT. So leave them alone. The comfort of this guitar I would describe as a custom fitted guitar for ME. I have never found a guitar that I was totally satisfied with and fit MY needs. Look, feel, finish, tone, comfort, and absolute POWER. This guitar is well suited for what I play which is 70's classic rock/ punk, alternative and hard rock covers. I have always wanted a Jazzmaster/ Jaguar style guitar. Thank You FENDER for making an affordable TONE and POWER Rock MONSTER for your average guy to own. I play this through a 100 watt all tube MARSHALL MA 100 TUBE HEAD with a Marshall MC412a (1960 size cab with celestions). This Jazzmaster has made my strats and les pauls obsolete. If I were to describe this guitar in a couple of sentences I would say the comfort and Feel of a Fender but with the POWER and BALLS of a GIBSON! It's like the PERFECT HYBRID if you love both strats and les pauls like I do.

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5.0

Good All-Around Guitar

By TheCause

from Detroit, MI

I've been playing for about 2 years now. Until I got this guitar 2 days ago I had a Squier Stratocaster that came from one of those starter pack things. I had wanted a new guitar for a while. The closest GC is pretty far, so I did some research on some guitars before going there. I tried multiple guitars, but this one felt the best and sounded the best to me. [Important Stuff] Neck: The neck length is the same as the Strat and Tele. To me, the neck feels nice. It's covered in a lacquer so the back of the head and neck are smooth and shiny. Comparing my Strat to this JM, it looks like with the JM, it's harder to reach those high spots, but I rarely go above the 12th fret. Sound/Humbuckers: It sounds nice clean. I personally like the single coil and the combo positions for the clean. They have a nice bluesy sound. If you want to put some distortion on, the humbucker sounds really good. I have a small amp (Fender Frontman 15G) and no effects, but it still sounds good. Body/Bridge/Trem: This guitar is heavier than my Squier Strat, but I'm pretty sure Alder is heavier than whatever that's made of. The bridge is where the only problem I've found is. The strings, mostly both Es (standard tuning), can easily jump out of the saddle (if you use your thumb and raise the strings above where they are). While using a pick and playing how I normally do, I haven't had a problem. If for some reason it is a problem, I believe Fender has a saddle cover that prevents this from happening. The tremolo is not what I expected it to be, but I do like it. Unlike the Strat, the tremolo arm does not screw in. it just sits in the arm hole. If you push it in, it will stick and not swivel for a while. However, if you lean the guitar forward at all, it's likely the arm will slide out and fall on the ground. It seems like most JM players barely use the trem anyways, and I don't use it all to often either. Other Notes: Overall I think this is a good guitar. The 3-tone sunburst is REALLY nice. I like it a lot. Also, the Jazzmaster is a bit longer, maybe 1/2" or more, than a Stratocaster. I'm buying a hard case for this and to my knowledge; it needs to be longer than one for a Strat or Tele. Looking at reviews of some other cases, I don't think it will fit into generic cases either. I hope this helps if you want to get this nice guitar. My best recommendation to you is to go try it before you buy it (but that can be said for any guitar).

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5.0

One HOT Number

By jimmyd

from Tacoma, WA

The First thing I noticed about this Guitar, was it's Great Looks, and its simplicity, Two Knobs..Tone & Volume. Simple 3 way toggle switch, Then I was Blown away by the Sound. The pick ups are insane, each flick of the toggle brought a new surprise. I own a couple of Strats and a Couple of Teles, each one is a great Guitar but compared to them this thing really SMOKES! No "Sticker Shock" either. After Trading in a old foot pedal my out the door was about 350. Great Value, Great Looks, GREAT GUITAR!

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