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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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 pickup
Position 2. Full neck & bridge pickups
Position 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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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(74 of 79 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better Than Expected!

By George Everman

from Long Beach CA

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.

(69 of 75 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome Axe

By vaillantk

from Rockville, MD

I'd been looking for the "right" JazzMaster for awhile and bought this the day it came out. The pickups are more on the Rock side of the house - I replaced the Bridge HB with a SD Custom SH-5 and there was very little difference between the two tonally. The fit and finish is excellent, you will have to do or get a setup done- this should go without saying. I had both the Volume and Tone pots replaced- reason: when reducing the Volume, the tone would get muddy....when backing off the Tone knob, it went from bright to mud too quickly. These are inexpensive upgrades, well worth it to turn this into a special axe. I also bought the Fender hard case (Black with orange interior). I love that the trem arm is a snap-in vs. the usual Strat screw-in type. Enjoy !

(45 of 47 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

insane value

By satellite

from fairfax va

This is the real deal, don't be fooled. It's a quality made mexican jazzmaster that is far and away the best deal going in Fender's line today. The neck pickup is faithful to the surf sound and the bridge pickup is a perfect Les Paul sound. It's really a hard guitar to put down. The tremelo stays in tune fine and feels authentic and makes me want to play surf style and jazz chords all night. When the two pickups are combined with some distorition I am hearing some great my bloody valentine and sonic youth timbres. I'm so glad I spent so little on such a great guitar. This is not a knock off of a jazzmaster...it's a new model jazzmaster and I love it.

(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I LOVE THIS GUITAR!!!

By Teenage Shutdown!

from NJ

I got this as an early giftmas present from my wife & I just love it (and her). The finish is absolutely beautiful and looks so much better than the photo (I got the black & white finish). I was trying to find one of these guitars in the early summer to try out but the Guitar Center store never had any as they were online available only. From what the salesman read about it from the Fender site he wanted one too! I always wanted a Jazzmaster but could never afford one. What I love about it is, other than the price, the lack of buttons that other Jazzmasters have. I really liked the simplicity of just 2 knobs & no extra buttons that I would probably never use. Out of the box it did need a set up, but every guitar new guitar needs that. The Dario strings it came with sound ok & I will relpace them when they are worn. The finish is pretty good except for there could have been better sanding around the headstock in a couple spots. The bridge did rattle quite a bit so I put a small square of thick piece of paper between each saddle which helped a lot. As far as sound goes it sings with my Crate Palomino V16! I actually use the selector switch & tone volume, something I never did on my strat. The bridge pickup I really enjoy as it has a dirty garage rock/garage punk sound. I actually have to turn down the gain in this position. I am getting all sorts of beautiful tones out of this guitar that my strat never could. Since I have gotten this guitar I have not played my MIM strat & I am actually thinking of selling it, the Jazzmaster is that good! There is some speculation that these are made in Korea but they are in fact MIM. At these prices the blacktop series are a home run. Thank you Fender!!

(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

To a Dad it sounds great!---for once ;)

By Kevinb

from Indianapolis, IN

I purchased this guitar for my 18 year old son who has been playing for about 3 years. He absolutely loves this thing. He has 2 other guitars that he never picks up anymore. Eric at the Greenwood IN store recommended this model, vs. the jaguar model, because of the Indy style music my son plays and listens to. For the price I don't think this guitar can be beat. If your on the fence, take it from the dad who has a happy 18 year old son, go for it.... It really is a beautiful guitar as well.

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Awesome after a few tweaks

By Jack Power

from Chicago, IL

This guitar feels awesome, probably one of the best fender necks I've played. The only problem with this guitar is the HB/S config, once I put some Antiquity II's in it I can't put this guitar down. Awesome choice but be sure to have some actual Jazzmaster pickups you can put in.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great guitar, after setup.

By Cristian

from Chula Vista CA

I love this guitar. It sounds great, and it's very comfortable. The only trouble is that it had a grounding problem from factory. Apparently there was a loose wire on one switch, so it made a very loud buzzing when i touched some of the metal parts of the guitar. I had to take it to a fender repair center, but after that everything is ok.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar! Best guitar for the price!

By Asaf Landau

from Be'er Sheva, Israel

I've got it after I had an Epiphone SG, And wow, the jazzmaster is so much better. It is a really comfortable guitar, and it sounds great on every genre: Blues, Rock, Funk, Heavy rock, Classic rock, you'll name it. At the beggining you'll probablly will have some issues with the strings, but it's not something that's hard to fix. I really love this guitar and I'm reccomending it!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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).

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

 
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.

 
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

 
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.

 
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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