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Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster

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Electric Guitar

  • Artist Series - Troy Van Leeuwen Signature Model
  • Body: Alder
  • Maple neck
  • C profile
  • Rosewood fretboard with binding
  • 21 Vintage style frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • White pearloid block inlays
  • 2 American Vintage 65 Jazzmaster pickups
  • Jazzmaster bridge with Mustang bridge saddle
  • Vintage style floating tremolo
  • Colour: Oxblood
  • Incl. Case
Colour Black
Soundboard Alder
Neck Maple
Fretboard Pau Ferro
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Pickup System HH
Tremolo Yes
Incl. Case Yes
Incl. Gigbag No
available since March 2014
Item number 330943
Artist Troy Van Leeuwen
Design Jazzmaster
Style Jazzmaster
Body Alder
Top None
Pickups SS
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£1,179
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Best Jazzmaster ever!
Mountainhop 04.06.2021
I ordered this Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster last April, after receiving a very bad Fender SQ Classic Vibe Jazzmaster. I decided to ask Thomann to not replace the Squier Jazzmaster but put my money in an upgrade to this TVL signature Jazzmaster.

Yesterday it finally arrived, well packed in two cardboard boxes and its own black Fender case.
On the Fender cardboard there was a sticker which indicated a final double-check had been performed before leaving the Ensenada Fender Plant. The result is most definitely noticable, please read on;

Right out of the beautiful guitarcase the TVL was almost in tune, after less than 15 seconds I plugged the beauty in, turned up the tube amp and started experimenting with all the various tones through my digital and analogue pedals and effects.

After 15 minutes my fretboard hand was already perfectly accustomed to the amazing rosewood fretboard with its beautiful block inlays and silver shiny frets.

The dark deep red Oxblood glitter colour is the most beautiful guitar colour I have ever seen, seems like it’s coming alive while you play the guitar in studio lighting or sunlight. Together with the chrome bridge and creamwhite vintage witchhat knobs the TVL JM looks like it beamed itself up right from a music shop window out of the 1960’s.

The hardware is very good, the floating bridge a litte sturdy but in my honest opinion that is a good sign and a guarantee for long endurance.
The vintage tuners keep the strings perfectly in tune.
The 65 Jazzmaster pickups take some time to get used to but after adjusting all the switches and pedals and knobs on the amp in the end in no time you are creating your own miracle with this guitar. What I discovered for myself is that the pickups seem to change in their bite if you start strumming chords harder or put more pepper in your string picking. Nice extra surprise!

Today, that is day TWO that I have the celestial privilege to play this Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster, I could not stop putting base rythms in my looper with the alternative circuit, to complete them by weaving chords in over them.

This guitar, for anyone, from beginner to decades of professional guitar playing, at this moment, is really the best Jazzmaster money can buy!

Thank you Fender and Thomann !
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Great guitar, questionable quality control
Alexandros1 03.11.2021
I had my eye on this for a year before I decided to pull the trigger. I waited patiently until it was finally available and arrived in my hands.
Visually this is a stunning guitar and the colour changes quite a bit depending on the light. Soundwise it is very versatile and covers different sounds than my other main guitar (Les Paul). The bridge is very bright and twangy, so using the tone knob is recommended especially on cleans. With overdrive this pickup screams though and delivers classic rock tones. The neck is great for cleans and smooth leads and the middle position offers nice humcancelling and is great offer cleans and funky rythms. The rythm circuit is also great especially with a brighter amp. So all together this a great guitar, with similar features as more traditional inspired American jazzmasters, but with a "custom" colour, at a lower price.
However, the condition this came in was not to the standard of this price. The action was almost unplayably high (and I don't mind high action in general), the fretboard was dry and covered with polishing residue which I still haven't gotten fully off, the truss rod needed to be readjusted (the neck needs to be taken off to do this- I guess to be "vintage correct"...) and there were microscratches on the body (nothing terrible but you would expect a pristine guitar when you buy it new for 1400€). There were more minor issues with the set up and the hardware, but I don't want to go into to much detail. I did not want to send it back as I waited forever for this and this is visually the coolest jazzmaster I have ever seen so I didn't want to buy a different one.

All in all, this is an amazing guitar for me, which I plan to keep as long as I can. However, the condition this was in was unacceptable for any price point and makes me very sceptical of buying another MiM fender and also buying such an expensive guitar on thomann.
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A thing of beauty - sight and sound
Grivelvis 08.06.2021
I've been waiting far too long for this to arrive - but my, it was worth the wait.

As with Mountainhop's review, I was really surprised that it was in tune out of the box, and very well set up. And then I was expecting the whammy to put it out of tune pretty quickly, as I'm no subtle player, but it just stays in tune regardless. Bending notes played behind the bridge, whammy down a semitone and more, whammy up - no matter it seems to cope. It plays beautifully. The sonic range is awesome, as anticipated - though the sonic impact of the main circuit volume control adjustment is an unexpected extra. Hours of noise fun to be had.

Confess I was a little anxious that the finish might be a little on the 'metallic paint job' end of things as I'd seen some photos of second hand ones that didn't seem as subtle as the 'official' images on Thomann's and other sites. But no, it really is as good (well actually better) than those images. It actually changes lustre in different light.

One teeny issue - the trem plate adjustment screw is missing. Hopefully Thomann will promptly send one as requested.
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I really is a very good guitar
McCaldin 10.08.2017
This guitar is well built, is handsome, keeps its tuning well when using the tremolo, is extremely versatile and sounds great.

The tremolo arm often falls out.

I play this guitar in a 60's, 70's, and 80's classic rock and roll covers band. I play both lead and rhythm. I can get an appropriate sound out of this thing for just about any song. So far i have played it through a Lacquered Tweed Fender Blues Junior, a Palmer Fab 5, and an Orange Tiny Terror combo. It sounds pleasing(pleasingly nice AND pleasingly disgusting, depending on my mood) through all of them.

Frankly; i love the thing. It's not too heavy. The frets are large and it is eminently playable. The tuning heads are extremely smooth. I almost look forward to it going out of tune as the act of turning those almost frictionless devices is massively satisfying. I don't have to do this that often as it is very stable.

The pick ups sound great. As mentioned before you can coax a huge range of sounds out of this thing. Bright, twangy sounds from the bridge pickup, thick and crunchy goodness from the neck pickup and the rhythm circuit provides a tastefully darker set of tones.

I had read that there was a problem with the first string slipping off the bridge and sometimes off the neck but this has never happened to me.

It played well straight out of the box. The case it comes in can support the weight of (and protect it from the bouncing up and down of) a fairly hefty 2 year old boy with a taste and a talent for destruction.

I'm not a fan of the tremolo arm falling out though and didn't give full marks for quality because of this. It IS a quality instrument and I have read that this is a feature of Jazzmaster tremolo units.

I'm not that animated a player and it does fall out a lot. Having to look about on the floor for the tremolo arm mid-song is enormously tedious. It bounces and it travels. It is even more tedious trying to the the tremolo arm BACK INTO the unit while playing.

In spite of this, I heartily recommend this guitar.

I enjoy playing it.

A lot.

You probably will too.
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