Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster - Oxblood with Rosewood Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Bound Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 '65 Jazzmaster Single-coil Pickups - Oxblood
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A Jazzmaster for a Rock Guitar Hero!

For the past two decades, Troy Van Leeuwen has put his personal stamp on modern rock through his work with such influential bands as A Perfect Circle and Queens of the Stone Age. With this Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster, he also got to put his stamp on one of the coolest Fender guitars you'll find in Sweetwater's Guitar Gallery. While it's easy write off the signature touches of the Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster as largely aesthetic (the oxblood finish, the tortoiseshell pickguard, the painted headstock, etc.), you'll find some wonderful upgrades onboard as well, including its unique switching and Mustang bridge. Keep reading to find out more.

Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Unique switching lets you quickly access your rhythm tone
  • A signature look for a timeless Fender electric guitar
  • Upgraded hardware provides added sustain and stability
Unique switching lets you quickly access your rhythm tone

One of the major upgrades Troy Van Leeuwen added to his signature Jazzmaster is a 2-way toggle switch instead of the traditional slider used to select between the lead and rhythm tone circuits. If you aren't already familiar with the Fender Jazzmaster, it actually lets you set two completely different tone and volume settings, one with the knobs and another with the recessed wheels above the strings. Thanks to the Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster's toggle switch, changing between these two settings on the fly couldn't be simpler. And if you're into tweaking your tone on the fly, then you're going to love these super-grippable witch hat control knobs for your primary tone setting.

A signature look for a timeless Fender electric guitar

In many ways, the Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster is a fairly standard Fender Jazzmaster. For instance, the pickups are a pair of '65 Jazzmaster single-coils, which carry the same sweet sound that made this guitar such a hit in the first place. But when it comes to looks, this axe takes the Jazzmaster in a whole new direction. Let's start with the color. Have you ever seen an oxblood guitar before? The Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster may be the first one to come in to Sweetwater, and the tortoiseshell pickguard just adds a healthy dose of moxie to the equation, as does the painted headstock.

Upgraded hardware provides added sustain and stability

What could possibly improve the action of a Jazzmaster? How about a Mustang bridge to go with that locking Jazzmaster? That's exactly what Troy Van Leeuwen chose for his own signature Jazzmaster. Cooler still, those saddles are actually made of brass, so you get seriously extended sustain. Add to that a smooth-playing bound rosewood fingerboard with a tighter 7.25" radius, and you've got one easy-playing guitar.

Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • A great-playing Jazzmaster built for modern rocker Troy Van Leeuwen
  • Tonewoods include a resonant alder body and a responsive maple neck with the added bonus of a bound rosewood fretboard
  • Unique combination of oxblood color and 4-ply red tortoiseshell pickguard makes this one great-looking guitar
  • A pair of '65 Jazzmaster single-coil pickups deliver classic Jazzmaster tone
  • Switch effortlessly between 2 tone/volume settings with the lead/rhythm toggle switch
  • Witch hat tone and volume knobs make on-the-fly adjustments easy
  • Button-locking Jazzmaster tremolo tailpiece coupled with brass-saddle Mustang bridge provides you with epic sustain and stability
  • Other signatures touches include a painted headstock and block inlays
  • Hardshell case included
Get the signature axe of a modern rock legend with this Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Jazzmaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Gloss Polyester
Color Oxblood
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Bound Rosewood, 7.25" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid Block
Number of Frets 21 Vintage-style
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Brass-Saddle Mustang Bridge combined with Jazzmaster Tailpiece
Tuners Vintage-Style Tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup American Vintage '65 Single-Coil Jazzmaster
Bridge Pickup American Vintage '65 Single-Coil Jazzmaster
Controls Lead Circuit: 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone, Rhythm Circuit: 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone
Strings Fender USA 250R, (.010-.046)
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number 0140070793

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Great feel! Great sound!!

I demo'd many other guitars at various shops but this one always felt good to me standing and especially sitting. Strat was my other choice and the Tele for some reason didn't feel good at all. I have long fingers and octopus arms so the Jaguar was out. Like title says this has great feel and it sounds great!!! I Love this guitar!! I have been recording direct and thru Fender hotrod deluxe (with full granger mod). The setup from Sweetwater was perfect and it plays beautifully. I will be installing 11's ASAP. Very glad I bought this guitar.
5/5

Nice Jazzmaster

I owned a MIM Classic Player Jazzmaster a few years back but foolishly sold it. I was looking to buy another one when I saw the Troy L on the Sweetwater website. Decided to go for it and glad I did. Take your time to dial in the action and make a few tweaks and you will be rewarded with a fine "player" of a guitar that is solid as they come. Ive played several MIM & American Jazzmasters and this one "feels" the best so far. Great neck and that snappy Fender tone you are looking for....just be sure to match this guitar with an amp that compliments it well. Im playing through a Fender 68' Custom Princeton Reverb and with a little delay and an Ibanez tube driver pushing the amp this guitar really delivers the classic tone you want (i.e. Stevie Ray Vaughn). Ive gigged with it once so far and the tuning stayed true even with a lot of tremolo use. Its comfortable but the high notes way up on the neck are a bit harder to reach and bend than a strat or tele. That said this guitar makes up for it with a lot of "vibe" and "mojo". Its a beautiful guitar thats fun to play and really delivers. If you are looking for a Jazzmaster I would look hard at this one - may be the best one Fender offers at this time.
Music background: Hobbyist, Gigging Musician
5/5

The Jazzmaster I have been waiting for!

I had been looking for a Jazzmaster for a long time. I have played everything from the $300 Squier to the AVRI models. I have even spent a decent amount of time playing my friend's '59 vintage model and I assure you nothing new can top that one! This guitar is very true to the vintage design with a few modifications that work quite well. First off the toggle that replaces the slider switch in the rhythm circuit is very sturdy and not affected by aggressive playing. The Mustang bridge is matched to the radius of the neck with the same post modifications that the Staytrem Mustang bridge has. When I first ordered this guitar I had planned on getting the Mastery Bridge for it but I really like this bridge. I may even try to get another one like it for one of my Jaguars. The Mastery bridge is an amazing bridge but i think this has to be the next best thing for these if you don't like the vintage Jazzmaster/Jaguar bridge. The high E string does not live too close the edge of the fretboard as some have warned. String spacing is excellent on mine. The Ensenada factory did a wonderful job on this guitar and Sweetwater's tech did a great job setting it up. They set it up for 11s and set the action exactly as I asked. This is the only guitar I have never had to do some sort of tech work on right away. The Oxblood color is beautiful and complex with lots of variation in different lighting. The binding is well done and the inlay is simple and elegant. I believe it has the same electronics and pickups as the AVRI models. I really couldn't be happier. This is the best Jazzmaster for your money right now in my opinion. Thanks Sweetwater!
Music background: Rock/Experimental Rock/Psychedelia
5/5

Great Guitar, Great Setup

This guitar has instantly become one of my favorites. I had been going back and forth about buying this guitar for a long time...I wasn't sure whether the price tag was worth it for a MIM Jazzmaster. However, since I received the guitar, it has felt like it is as American as an American Jazzmaster. The parts, electronics, tuners, and bridge all feel very substantial, and nothing on this guitar feels cheap or half-hearted. Also, I had read a number of reviews saying that the high E string was prone to slipping off of the neck, and that the bridge presented some issues. I expressed that concern to my sales rep, and he assured me it would not be an issue. Well, he was right. The guitar showed up, ready to play out of the box. My only recommendation is that the strings that come on the guitar are too light. Swap them out for some 10-52s, and you have a great guitar. Overall, great guitar. Oxblood finish is awesome, neck feels great, binding looks sharp, and sounds amazing. If you are on the fence about this one, go for it.
5/5

The Jazzmaster I was looking for!

I bought this guitar 5 months ago and after the honeymoon period I am still in love with it. Normally I upgrade my guitars quite a bit but in this case I only changed the pickguard for a mint green one (looks sweet), changed the rhythm switch for a traditional one and am done, no need for any other upgrades. Every Jazzmaster needs to be carefully setup, but after a quick setup with 11 gauge strings, the guitar is singing. There is no buzz from this bridge, it does not sink with time (I noticed it has nylon sleeves in the style of staytrem bridges in the height posts so it stays put) and it sustains nicely. It is a modified mustang bridge with cromed brass saddles, it is a little wide but my guitar neck came perfectly aligned so no problem with e string being too close to the edges as others have reported. So do not find any need to upgrade to a Staytrem or Mastery bridge. Normally with Jazzmasters the neck has to be shimmed for increased string break-angle at the bridge, but I found I did not need to shim mine, I was able to adjust for low action, while the strings keep tightly in the saddle groves. Just make use to use at a minimum 11's. This is important to have good pressure on the bridge. The tremolo placing is at the vintage correct distance from the bridge, another plus. The AVRI 65 pickups it comes with are awesome, some of the best sounding pickups I have heard. The tremolo action is very smooth and using it has turned into an addiction, great for subtle vibrato effects, they are not designed for dive bombs, but the combination of this tremolo and the rocking bridge gives you result in smooth as silk vibratos. Just make sure you reverse the direction of the screws below the e strings in the tremolo or the head will hit the strings. This is a "feature" in every jazzmaster, with an easy solution. The choice of 500K volume and tone pots is perfect, the guitar avoids getting wiry thin with these pots, good choice. Clean the guitar has wonderful bell tones and a nice mix of clarity and warmth, punchy piano like lows. With overdrive and fuzzes it roars, the sound rings with wonderful overtones, this is the famous Jazzmaster sound that so many alternative/shoegaze bands used to great effect (Sonic Youth, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Dinosaur Jr, …) and this guitar nails it. It is a result of the rocking bridge and tremolo used. So do not upgrade these before the guitar is properly setup. If setup you will find it does not need upgrades. I am getting along nicely with the 7.5 inch radius neck and vintage frets, I am getting no string choking in bends, the neck feels substantial without being too thin or thick. With the beautiful finish, matching headstock, bound neck, block inlays, the guitar looks stunning. The only thing it could have been better is to have a laquer finish rather than poly. But this guitar will stay with me for a long time. It's specs are really close to a 65 AVRI. While an expensive guitar it is totally worth it. The guitar is a keeper, I am very happy with it. Well done Fender Mexico.
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars