Drive your sound with raw humbucking power. Fender's innovative Blacktop™ guitar series expands the sonic horizon of classic Fender Stratocaster®, Telecaster®, Jazzmaster® and Jaguar® guitars by powering them with high-gain humbucking pickups. The Blacktop series delivers on modern player demands for a thick and heavy sound. These guitars drive a wide array of deep, rich and aggressive tones that match the intensity of any playing style.
Sleek and supercharged, the Blacktop Jazzmaster HS has a Duncan Designed™ single-coil Jazzmaster neck pickup and a humbucking bridge pickup, with other distinctive touches including skirted black amp knobs, a Jazzmaster tremolo tailpiece and a lean control layout featuring a tonally convenient single three-way toggle switch. Other features include an alder body, maple neck with 9.5"-radius rosewood fingerboard, 21 medium jumbo frets, gloss polyester finish and chrome hardware.
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The best thing about this guitar is the body shape - Jazzmasters are so comfortable to play! Soundwise it's very versatile; classic Jazzmaster tones from the neck pickup, the humbucker is great with distortion. Playing clean with both pickups simultaneously gives a lovely tone.
Only problem with the guitar is the bridge. Buzzed a lot when new, a set up fixed the problem but it still needs a little DIY from time to time - a minor annoyance rather than a major problem. Putting on an Adjust-o-matic instead of the standard Jazzmaster bridge would have been the difference between a very good and an excellent guitar.
If you shop around you can get a great price (I paid only £350 for mine) and it's outstanding value for the money. If I could go back in time and buy something else instead, would I? Not a chance.
Other guitars to consider: The closest thing to the Blacktop one is the Modern Player Jazzmaster. The MP has an Adjust-o-matic bridge so should buzz less, but it also only has humbuckers so won't sound like a 'traditional' Jazzmaster. Something to consider if you're deciding between those two.
Stephen owns this item
I've owned this guitar for almost a year now. It sounds and plays great! I've only had one problem with the bridge, but other than that I've had no problems. I would recommend this guitar to anyone who likes to play jazz, blues, or rock. The humbucker in the bridge position really gives the guitar a dirtier tone, whereas the single coil pickup in the neck position gives the guitar a really warm, soft tone. When you play them together it gives a really nice dynamic to the sound of the guitar.
MattWeav owns this item
This was the first Fender guitar I ever bought. I paid £501 for the sunburst blacktop jazzmaster from richtone music in my home town Sheffield. The first thing I noticed on this guitar was how great the finish was and how well made the instrument felt in my hands. When I plugged it in, I had it going through a Fender Deluxe reverb amplifier. The sounds was very impressive. Surprisingly it was a lot brighter than I expect, This was perfect for me as I play jangle pop (The Smiths, R.E.M. etc etc) The guitar overall is a great piece of craftsmanship and kicks out an excellent tone. Highly Recommended guitar for the little money it is.
GarethNisbett owns this item
the blacktop jazzmaster has exceeded my expectations on so many levels! not only does it look great but it play's like a dream!! it stay's in tune well, but my only criticism is that the stings sometimes slip out of place if you pluck them too hard.
Digbylovatt owns this item
The Jazzmaster Blacktop, what a beautiful guitar. It looks amazing and plays like a beaut. The selling point for me was the bridge humbucker, when you put the toggle to the middle you get the warm, clean sound of the single coil mixed with medium output humbucker...what a lovely tone. This is an amazing guitar. For the money, you can't beat this jazzmaster!
teleman56678 owns this item
|Model Name:||Blacktop™ Jazzmaster® HS, Rosewood Fingerboard, Black|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||White Dot|
|Truss Rod Nut:||3/16" Hex Adjustment|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Vintage-Style|
|Bridge Pickup:||Hot Vintage Alnico Humbucking|
|Neck Pickup:||Duncan Designed™ Single-Coil Jazzmaster®|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Switching:||3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Vintage-Style Adjustable with “Floating” Tremolo Tailpiece|
|Tremolo Arm Handle:||Vintage Jazzmaster® Tremolo Arm|
|Tuning Machines:||Standard Cast/Sealed|
|Pickguard:||3-Ply Mint Green|
|Control Knobs:||Skirted Amp Knobs|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||HS Pickup Configuration, Simplified Controls/Switching, Black Skirted Amp Knobs|
|Included Accessories:||Truss Rod Adjustment Wrench|
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