Fender has unveiled its eyebrow-raising new Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster guitar.
The latest model in Fender's popular, mashup-inclined Parallel Universe Volume II series, the Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster throws Jazzmaster DNA into a blender with elements of the Gibson Firebird VII.
Rather than the usual Jazzmaster one-piece alder body, the Spark-O-Matic is built with a three-piece body, with a mahogany core and chambered ash wings.
Sonically, the guitar also nods in Gibson's direction, with three Seymour Duncan SM-1N and SM-3B mini-humbuckers, controlled by volume and tone knobs, plus a five-way switch.
Elsewhere, the guitar's Jazzmaster DNA is more apparent, with a 25.5”-scale Deep C maple neck boasting a rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets and a 9.5”-radius. There's also an American Pro Jazzmaster bridge and tailpiece, and 18:1-ratio ClassicGear tuners.
The Fender Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster is available now – in a nitrocellulose lacquer 3-Color Sunburst finish – for $1,999.
For more info on the guitar, head on over to fender.com.
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