Fender has announced an update of its Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster.
First introduced in 2014, the Queens of the Stone Age guitarist's signature axe can now be outfitted with an exclusive Copper Age finish and a maple neck with block inlays. Other tweaks to the guitar include the replacement of its rhythm/lead slider with a toggle switch and the use of a Mustang bridge with the Jazzmaster tailpiece.
Otherwise, the guitar's alder body, 7.25” fingerboard radius, Dual Pure Vintage ’65 Jazzmaster pickups and Jazzmaster floating tremolo remain.
“To have a Fender signature model is already a dream come true,” Van Leeuwen said in a press release. “So, to be asked to refresh the look is an honor. Aesthetically, it’s a 180 degree turn from my original Candy Oxblood signature Jazzmaster, which excites me as I was looking to do a color that has a classic look.
"Guitars and cars from the ‘50s and ‘60s used the same paint colors. So, I tried to imagine a 1955 copper convertible Corvette with accents of Aztec Gold. I think we nailed it.
"The metallic finish really shines on the curves of the offset body shape. I also like the maple fingerboard with the black binding, because it’s a unique look for a Jazzmaster and it adds an attack to the guitar’s versatile tones. I’ve seen vintage Jaguars with this neck, but not very many Jazzmasters.”
The updated Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster is available now for $1,349.
For more info on the guitar, stop by fender.com.
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