Fender Unveils New American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster
Fender's latest Acoustasonic model features a Tim Shaw-designed humbucker, a Fishman Under-Saddle Transducer, and a Fishman Enhancer.
Fender has added a third model to its blockbuster Acoustasonic line, the Acoustasonic Jazzmaster.
Like its terrific Telecaster and Stratocaster siblings, this 21st century Jazzmaster aims to blend electric and acoustic guitar voicings with a fully hollow body and Fender's patented Stringed Instrument Resonance System.
The guitar features an all-mahogany body and an all-mahogany, Modern "Deep C"-shaped neck with a carved heel, and an ebony fretboard boasting 22 narrow tall frets and a 25.5" scale length.
For its acoustic tones, the Acoustasonic Jazzmaster comes loaded with a Fishman Under-Saddle Transducer and a Fishman Enhancer, designed to let players access 10 different body style and tone wood combinations, including four new-to-the-series settings.
For electric tones, the guitar is fitted with a Tim Shaw-designed humbucker that promises to produce more intense electrified sounds than heard on previous Acoustasonic models.
Controls come by way of a master volume knob, a five-way switch, and a blend knob that allows users to select the voice of their choosing.
Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham was recently given an Acoustasonic Jazzmaster and came away impressed, saying, “Even though I’ve only been with this new Jazzmaster for a short time, I can see that it would have a lot of uses in the studio. I’m excited to give it some more time to get to know it a little better.”
“Acoustic guitar has always been my soulmate and alter ego; it got me to a place where I guess I had my own style," Buckingham continued. “Anytime I can take that orchestral approach, I have. The American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster allows you to do just that.”
The Fender American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster is available now – in Tobacco Sunburst, Tungsten, Ocean Turquoise, Natural, and Arctic White finishes – for $1,999.
For more info on the guitar, head on over to fender.com (opens in new tab).
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