Reviewer Pete Prown breaks down the specs and the considerable tone versatility as such:
“The humbucker is a gnarly rock-and-roll pickup, while the Jazzmaster is fat and vibey, with plenty of Fender spank. Turn up the Gain and enjoy a bevy of Stevie Ray tones; make it cleaner, dial up the reverb, and yer’ in surf city.”
Prown wrangled additional rock sounds out of the middle pickup, and “got convincing Neil Young-styled wiggles with the floating vibrato and the gain and ‘verb turned up.”
In conclusion, he writes, “With a dirt-cheap street price and classic Fender vibe up the yin-yang, the Blacktop Jazzmaster is a terrific combination of old-world twang and modern rockability.”
Pick up the issue and flip to page 148 for the review in its entirety.