A funny thing happened on the way to the jazz club. Fender aimed its high-end late-'50s guitar at the hippest jazz cats in town, but the Jazzmaster soon surprised everyone by becoming the guitar for instrumental surf and pop. Imagine even greater surprise when, in the mid-1970s, the Jazzmaster re-emerged as the subversive weapon of choice for a new breed of iconoclastic punk, post-punk and alt-indie guitar anti-heroes.
With a great deal of chrome and controls, Fender's 1958 deluxe electric guitar model, the dual-circuit Jazzmaster, eventually found itself embraced not by the traditional jazz players it was intended for, but by reverb-drenched surf guitarists in the '60s, lip-curling punks in the '70s and legions of alt-indie anti-heroes from the ?80s onward. It remains a stylishly subversive favorite among guitarists who prefer the road less traveled.
Distinctive offset-waist body shape isn't just curvaceously cool looking - it's also remarkably balanced and naturally comfortable.
The Jazzmaster was also Fender's first instrument to feature dual tone circuits. Separate "lead" and "rhythm" circuits, each with their own controls, allow remarkable tonal versatility.
Traditional wide, flat Jazzmaster pickups produce broad tone, less bite and more subtle attack than most single-coil pickups. Other pickups choices offer even greater tonal character.
Fender's own distinctive "floating" tremolo bridge/tailpiece design first appeared on the Jazzmaster. Modern bridge options on some models allow even further tonal and performance distinction.