Fender Custom Shop George Blanda Founders Design Jazzmaster

Limited-edition Master Built Solidbody Electric Guitar with Ash Body, Quartersawn Maple Neck, Maple Burl Fretboard, 2 Single-coil Pickups, and Vibrato - White Blonde
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Created by Master Builder George Blanda

Designed by master luthier George Blanda, this Fender Custom Shop Founders Series Jazzmaster is a once-in-a-lifetime guitar. One of the original founding master builders of the Fender Custom Shop, George Blanda's expert craftsmanship is evident in every detail of this guitar. Most striking is the maple burl pickguard and fretboard, which have been infused with purple acrylic for a unique effect. A pair of Josefina hand-wound single-coil pickups deliver the iconic Jazzmaster chime and complexity you'd expect, while a 4-way selector switch gives you access to both series and parallel pickup configurations. Complete with a Founders Design neck plate and custom hardshell case, the Fender Custom Shop Founders Series Jazzmaster is a Fender collector's dream come true.

Purple maple burl pickguard and fretboard

To give this Jazzmaster its unique look, master builder George Blanda developed a technique for coloring the maple burl pickguard and fretboard. The wood is actually infused with purple acrylic all the way through — you would see the same color even if you were to sand it down. Combined with the Closet Classic white blonde finish, this Jazzmaster has a timeless character that is sure to stand out in any guitar collection.

Hand-wound Jazzmaster single-coil pickups with 4-way selector switch

The Founders Series Jazzmaster packs the harmonic complexity and bell-like tone you'd expect from a vintage Jazzmaster. Master builder George Blanda chose to create a set of hand-wound single-coil pickups specifically for this Jazzmaster, and they sound as good as this guitar looks. For this iteration of the classic Jazzmaster, the dual rhythm/lead circuits have been replaced with a single 4-way selector switch, which gives you access to both parallel and series pickup wiring.

World-class craftsmanship and components

As one of the founding master builders of the Fender Custom Shop, George Blanda knows how to create a top-notch instrument. The Founders Series Jazzmaster is equipped with a quartersawn maple neck for long-term stability, with a '65 "C" profile and 9.5" fretboard radius. Sperzel locking tuners provide rock-solid tuning stability, while the RSD bridge delivers precise intonation and impressive sustain. Every inch of this guitar proves it was created by one of the world's best builders.

Fender Custom Shop Founders Series Jazzmaster Features:

  • Limited-edition guitar designed by master builder George Blanda
  • Only 30 will be available worldwide
  • Maple burl pickguard and fretboard, infused with purple acrylic for a unique visual effect
  • Quartersawn maple neck with '65 "C" profile
  • Light ash body with Closet Classic white blonde finish
  • Sperzel locking tuning and RSD bridge for impeccable tuning stability
  • Josefina hand-wound single-coil pickups for definitive Jazzmaster tone
  • 4-way selector switch offers access to both series and parallel wiring 
  • Includes Founders Design neck plate, decal, and custom hardshell case

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Jazzmaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Lightweight Ash
Body Finish Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Color White Blonde
Neck Material Quartersawn Maple
Neck Shape '65 "C" profile
Radius 9.5"
Fingerboard Material Purple stabilized Maple Burl
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 21, Vintage frets
Scale Length 25.5"
Bridge/Tailpiece RSD bridge with brass saddles
Tuners Sperzel locking
Neck Pickup Josefina Handwound Jazzmaster Single-coil
Bridge Pickup Josefina Handwound Jazzmaster Single-coil
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone, 4-way blade pickup switch (series/parallel)
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 1587182801

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