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Rating and Reviews: Fender Classic Jazzmaster

Encased in a glossed nitrocellulose lacquer -- a rarity in the world of modern guitars -- the '60s Jazzmaster harkens back to surf-rock's sun-soaked heyday.

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"This is the best by far!" submitted February 21, 2015

By Bill von Zangenberg in Holiday, FL
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Musical Background: Currently play professionally
Music Style: 60's rock, Country, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Reggae
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Overall: I own an original 65 Jazzmaster and if you play that and this guitar you would not know the difference in years. They sound the same and best of all they play the same. I own three jazzmasters and this is by far my favorite. It plays like butter, easy soft to the touch and very responsive. The Jazzmaster sound is unmistakable. This guitar has it. I love the Jazzmaster because you can set your rhythm settings and lead setting differently and have them both available at the flick of a switch. The guitar doesn't weigh a ton so its very comfortable to play and you can do most musical styles with it. It's not for shredding but if you play 60's, 70's or 80's rock, jazz or blues then this is by far the guitar you want. I'm very happy with the instrument no adjustment needed and you can play it right out of the box. Of all the Jazzmasters this is the best bang for the buck. zZounds easy payment plan makes this baby easy to own. They are right on the money when it comes to shipping and service as well. Thanks zZounds!
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"Fender Classic '60s Jazzmaster Lacquer Surf Green" submitted August 12, 2015

By Daniel Bell in Salt Lake City, UT
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Musical Background: Playing guitar and piano for ~ 20 years
Music Style: Rock n Roll, Surf, Garage
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Overall: This is a fantastic guitar. I've owned all kinds of high-end, vintage and budget gear and this Jazzmaster probably has the best bang for buck ratio I've encountered. Awesome fit and finish, beautiful sounding pickups and a gorgeous dark rosewood neck. Surf green finish looks way better in person than pictures. The usual JM gripes still apply here, but those come with the territory. Only weak spot in my mind is the tremolo--it's a little stiff, and the bar sits WAY too close to the body to be functional. It clears the knobs by < CM. Case is pretty solid, but reeks like paint. The guitar smelled initially, but that faded after a few weeks so hopefully the same will happen with the case. A solid performer as is, but with a few upgrades this will be a lifelong guitar for me. MIM gear is WAY better now than when I was a kid. I'd buy this again in a heartbeat and encourage anyone on the fence to do the same.
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"AMAZING!!!!!" submitted October 7, 2016

By Richard Felton in Midway, TX
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Musical Background: 27 years
Music Style: rock, blues, folk
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Overall: it needed a little setup and a bridge replacement but other than that it is one of the coolest guitars i own. tone is superb. action is smooth. frets are good and smooth on the ends. the clarity that comes from the pickups is so sweet. it works well with every pedal and amp i have put it through.
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"Top Shelf for a MIM" submitted May 17, 2016

By Jesse M in Portland , OR
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Musical Background: 25 years guitar, 22 years for the rest. Performed and recorded for about 20 years
Music Style: I will use the all encompassing catch all rock as the style. But it's a little of a lot.
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Overall: The pickups, as far as my ears can tell, sound very close to the originals. It still has the questionable bridge, not like there aren't already some excellent replacements on the market. It's probably the most comfortable guitar I have ever held. My only recommendation is to do some proper shielding on the innards. Now look in the mirror and ask yourself if you're a Jazzmaster person. These guitars need good homes. If mine got away from me I would replace it without hesitation.
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