Fender Jazzmaster 50th Anniversary Concert Held in New York

To celebrate the rich legacy of the Jazzmaster guitar, Fender hosted the Jazzmaster 50th Anniversary Concert on Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, at New York’s famous Knitting Factory nightclub.
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The historic musical event featured performances by many of the world’s most acclaimed Jazzmaster artists including Tom Verlaine (Television); Nels Cline (Wilco); Thurston Moore & Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) And J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.)

Fender introduced the Jazzmaster in 1958 as a high-end alternative to its omnipresent 1950s elder siblings, the Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars. The Jazzmaster became an unexpected hit with youthful players who were blazing new trails in surf
and garage pop music. More than a decade later, the Jazzmaster was rediscovered be new generations of edgy new guitarists who loved its great looks, versatile sound and subversive cool. The guitar continued to attract those who dared to be
different; the boundary pushers and the up-and-coming fringe talent.

A look at the instrument’s 50 years shows that whenever rock music experienced major stylistic shifts, the underdog Jazzmaster was always there. A detailed history of the Jazzmaster and more information of the 50th Anniversary Jazzmaster
Concert can be found online at: www.fender.com/jazzmaster50th