- Vintera series
- Body: Alder
- Bolt-on neck: Maple
- Fretboard: Pau Ferro
- White dot fretboard inlays
- Neck profile: Thin C
- Fretboard radius: 184 mm (7.25")
- Nut width: 42 mm (1.65")
- Synthetic bone nut
- 21 Vintage frets
- Pickups: 2 Vintage Style 60s Jazzmaster Single Coils
- Lead Circuit / Rhythm Circuit switch on the upper body horn
- Lead Circuit: Volume and Master tone controls
- 3-Way switch for lead circuit
- Rhythm Circuit: thumbwheels for volume and tone control of the neck pickup
- Adjustable Vintage Style Bridge with 6-Saddles and Floating Tremolo Tailpiece
- 4-Ply tortoise pickguard
- Vintage style machine heads
- Nickel / chrome hardware
- Strings: Fender USA 250L NPS .009 - .042 (Art.133191)
- Colour: Ice Blue Metallic
- Includes Deluxe gig bag
The classic is back!
As its moniker suggests, Fender's Vintera series is based heavily on the vintage instruments from the company's early years (the name is derived from the phrase "Vintage style for the modern era"). Fender’s Vintera range offers players classic Fender models that are built to the company’s customary high standard of quality and largely true to the original designs, but since they are built in Mexico, they can be offered at prices that will have even ambitious beginners reaching for their wallets. Vintera models include the 60s Jazzmaster IBM shown here, which features the original Jazzmaster's circuitry and sophisticated tremolo system and comes in a stunning "Ice Blue Metallic" finish.
The Jazzmaster was first launched as the logical successor to the Telecaster and Stratocaster, and it features sophisticated electronics that allow a wide range of different sounds to be achieved as well as a floating tremolo system which provides a higher level of tuning stability than the simpler design used on the Stratocaster. The original Jazzmaster used alder wood for the body and rosewood for the fingerboard, and while the former has been retained here, the latter has been replaced by pau ferro, which is also known as "Bolivian rosewood" and offers a very similar sound and playing feel, as rosewood is now a protected species. The Vintera Jazzmaster also boasts a comfortable "Thin C" neck profile.
The "exotic" Fender
Like its illustrious ancestor, the Fender Vintera 60s Jazzmaster is easy to play and combines a wealth of features with an extensive sonic palette. It is considered one of Fender's more unconventional instruments as compared to the classic Telecaster and Stratocaster, which is why well-known musicians like J. Mascis, Robert Smith, Elvis Costello, and generations of guitarists before them were drawn to the Jazzmaster. Players looking for a Jazzmaster that is as true as possible to the original design and brings with it the same vintage flair cannot go wrong with the Fender Vintera 60s Jazzmaster, provided they don’t mind that, unlike its illustrious ancestor, it does not bear the sought-after “Made In USA” label. And it goes without saying that this model is the guitar of choice for fans of Grunge and Surf music.
Fender is without doubt one of the most legendary guitar and amplifier manufacturers of all time. The company was founded in 1946 by its namesake Leo Fender († 1991), whose innovative ideas brought a breath of fresh air into the musical world. His Telecaster, Stratocaster, Precision Bass, and Jazz Bass are not only classics – they also continue to shape the styles of musicians in countless genres to this day. Timeless Fender amplifier models such as the Bassman, Twin, Deluxe, and Princeton also enjoy a stellar reputation. Besides maintaining its classic product portfolio, however, the company is also constantly developing new products that make Fender a driving force in today’s music industry.
Rare and sought-after
So whom exactly is the Fender Vintera 60s Jazzmaster aimed at? The answer is basically everyone who likes the way the Jazzmaster looks. Stringing it with light-gauge strings and selecting the bridge pickup is the perfect recipe for twangy Surf Rock, and a pleasant Jazz sound can be achieved by throwing on a set of heavier strings and selecting the neck pickup via the dedicated "Rhythm" circuit. The Jazzmaster is virtually free of sonic limitations, and it is a pleasant surprise that Fender has revived one of its historic guitars - particularly one that is so rare and sought-after on the vintage market.
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