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Fender American Performer Jazzmaster, Rosewood, Penny

The story of the Jazzmaster is a strange and unique rollercoaster ride of idiosyncrasy, unforeseen events, and alternative ideas; designed to be Fender's top of the range guitar - one that was aimed specifically at Jazz players - the Jazzmaster's initial sales were disappointing, and it wasn't until its adoption by 1960s Surf bands that the JM's fortunes began to rise. Notable NYC bands would later acquire Jazzmasters in the mid 1970s due to its (then) low resale value, and despite its initial run ending in 1980, it is here that we find the root of its late but continuing success, which has been further inspired by many influential "alternative" and "indie" artists of the 1980s and 1990s. Always different, and always venturing somewhere unexpected, Fender's American Performer Jazzmaster is the latest incarnation of this elegant and unique instrument - an American made Jazzmaster at an accessible price.

Featuring an superbly contoured Alder body, this Jazzmaster feels as vibrant and comfortable as ever, and finished in Fender's new Penny polyurethane finish, it's more than ready for the rigours of the road. The satin finished Maple neck is just as impressive too, and has been sculpted to a “Modern C” profile, while the 9.5" radius Rosewood fingerboard features jumbo frets - making ease of accurate and expressive playing.

However, more noticeable changes are immediately evident; the "Rhythm" circuit and its accompanying controls have been removed, while the three way pickup selector toggle switch has moved upwards to replace it, and most startling of all - a Strat style trem system has replaced the traditional synchronised floating tremolo. But please, Jazzmaster aficionados, do not write in and complain! This new and simpler system works extremely well, and while the simpler electronics have streamlined the JM, the new hardware dispenses with many of the problems associated with the traditional floating bridge.

Pickups are two YosemiteTM Jazzmaster Single-Coils; handcrafted in California, these pickups are specifically voiced for each model and each position to enable wide sonic versatility, which when combined with Fender's Greasebucket circuitry, allows for excellent tone shaping.


  • Alder body
  • Yosemite single-coil Jazzmaster pickups
  • Vintage-style Strat synchronized tremolo bridge; Greasebucket tone system
  • “Modern C”-shaped neck with 9.5”-radius fingerboard; 22 jumbo frets
  • ClassicGear™ tuning machines; silver ‘70s logo
  • Born in Corona, California, the elegant American Performer Jazzmaster delivers the exceptional tone and refined feel you expect from an authentic Fender—with new player-oriented features that make it even more inspiring to play.

    • American Performer Jazzmaster®
    • Series: American Performer
    • Body Material: Alder
    • Body Finish: Gloss Polyurethane, Satin Polyurethane (302)
    • Neck: Maple, Modern “C”
    • Neck Finish: Satin Polyurethane
    • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9.5” (241 mm)
    • Frets: 22, Jumbo
    • Position Inlays: White Dots (Rosewood)
    • Nut (Material/Width): Synthetic Bone, 1.685” (42.8 mm)
    • Tuning Machines: Fender ClassicGearTM
    • Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
    • Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo
    • Pickguard: 4-Ply Brown Shell
    • Pickups: YosemiteTM Jazzmaster Single-Coil (Bridge/Neck)
    • Pickup Switching:
    • 3-Position Neck Pickups, Toggle: Position Position 3. Neck 1. Bridge Pickup
    • Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and
    • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
    • Control Knobs: Aged White
    • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
    • Strings: Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)
    • Case/Gig Bag: Deluxe Gig Bag