I'm extremely pleased with how well the Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster holds up to different playing styles. It's perfect for rhythmic, low-gain indie rock playing, but I got beautiful, round clean tones out of it as well. Switching from the rhythm to the lead circuit, I was also able to get more edgy and crunchy Nirvana-like distortion tones. It's hard to believe how versatile this guitar is!
Great guitar, great price, great customer service.
Better than expected...
I've only owned a couple of electric guitars before pulling the trigger on buying this (a 95 American Standard Strat which I've had since 97 and a cheap MIM Tele deluxe that wasn't very good), but I've wanted a Jazzmaster since I first started playing guitar in the mid 90's. With one glaring exception, I love everything about this guitar. Firstly, the neck is perfect. I've played so many JM's in guitar shops that I've liked but felt weary about buying due to the neck. I'm not sure what it was, but many of them didn't feel comfortable right away. This one however, feels amazing. I don't have huge hands or particularly limber fingers, but this plays so easily. The frets are a little low, but I don't do huge, sustained bends, so they're fine with me. Chording is really easy, despite the long scale. Its actually easier than with my strat which has a more modern and slim C neck profile. This feels like a Louisville Slugger with frets, and though that may not appeal to everyone, it feels very intuitive for me. The pickups are excellent, quite hot without being too bright, and although I'm still dialing in my guitar and amp settings, they sound absolutely sublime with my Fender '65 DRRI. I don't understand why some people shy away from the dual circuitry, I find it very easy to use and the difference in tones is very useful, and not gimmicky. There is only one issue I have with this guitar, and its that useless, terrible, horrible, wretched bridge. I've read about how finicky they are for years, and for the first two days, I had no issues. But now, barely a week later (and with the stock 10 gauge strings, which I'm planning to bump up to 11's), I'm already encountering terrible string buzz from the bridge, slipped strings in the saddles, and really just a generally hateful experience from it. I've ordered a Mastery bridge which by all accounts, should take care of this. So be sure to budget a little extra for a new bridge should you purchase this otherwise fantastic guitar.
A Fine Vintage Guitar
This is a most excellent guitar. It is comparable to my JM Custom Shop. I did not give it a 5, because I believe it is slightly overpriced, as are the CS. Nevertheless, after playing it for an hour, I fully understand why Leo Fender thought the JM was the top of his line. I agree with Leo.
The neck is wider than some of the modern JM reissues, but easy to maneuver. I was worried about the vintage frets being too narrow and low, but found them to be perfect on this neck. Smooth Jazz, Blues and Surf tones. Please do not try Heavy Metal with this, and then whine.
Sweetwater and Paul Lea are the only music dealers I trust without hesitation.
P.S. To Fender, if I find the ****** who invented the plastic on the pickguard, I will do my best to harm him.
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