A Lightweight Amp That Doesn't Sacrificing Tone or Features
For jazz players, amplification isn't about a wall of 4x12 speaker stacks that will blast an audience into the next time zone, but rather a quest to achieve the perfect tonal balance, allowing each and every note to tell a story. It's for these players that Fender thoughtfully designed the Jazzmaster Ultralight Head (and the matching 112 Enclosure), though we wouldn't be surprised to see it in use beyond the boundaries of traditional jazz stylings. Weighing in at a mere seven pounds, the two-channel, 250-watt Jazzmaster Ultralight Head includes features such as individual DSP effects and three-band EQ on each channel, high- and low-gain inputs, tuner output with mute, and a speaker-emulated XLR line output with level control and ground lift. It even comes with a padded shoulder bag and locking speaker cable. But what really put it over the top for us are the classy solid maple side panels and trim strips in sunburst finish.Fender Jazzmaster Ultralight Head Features at a Glance:
- Two-channel, 250-watt solid-state amplifier
- Weighs in at just over seven pounds
- DSP effects and three-band EQ on each channel
- Speaker-emulated XLR line output with level and ground lift
- Includes padded shoulder bag and locking speaker cable
Two-channel, 250-watt solid state amplifier
At first, it might seem like an oxymoron to include the Fender name in the same sentence with the words "solid-state." While it's true that most early solid-state amps weren't anything to write home about, today's designs are light years ahead. With a dual-channel design, high- and low-gain inputs and 250-watts of power, the Jazzmaster Ultralight Head will produce the cleanest notes imaginable, but thanks to advanced technology, it's also capable of some very spirited tube-type snarl. See, Fender designed one channel with special tube-emulation overdrive circuitry that reproduces all the subtleties you'd expect if you were driving a tube-based amp into harmonic distortion, but without the cost or hassle of vacuum tube replacement. A voltage selector switch allows you to take the Jazzmaster Ultralight anywhere in the world. Oh, and did we happen to mention those really classy solid maple side panels and trim strips with sunburst finish?
Weighs in at just over seven pounds
No, that's not a misprint. The Fender Jazzmaster Ultralight Head actually does tip the scales at a mere seven and a half pounds, thanks to its black, anodized aluminum frame and solid-state circuitry (tube-based circuits quickly become heavy). What's more, the head comes with a patented magnetic docking system, so all you have to do is set it onto the top of the Jazzmaster Ultralight 112 Enclosure, then forget it. No more thumb screws or wing nuts. No more lightweight amps flying around on stage.
DSP effects and three-band EQ on each channel
Well, it wouldn't be a Fender without some really nifty features, right? So the Jazzmaster Ultralight Head comes standard with 16 variations on nine different effects that range from reverb and delay to chorus and tremolo. There's even a modeled Vibratone rotary speaker onboard to get things really spinning. To mold and shape each note, there's also a three-band EQ on each of the two channels, so you can dial in the perfect sound for any gig in any size venue.
Speaker-emulated XLR line output with level and ground lift
Going into the studio to lay down some tracks? Then you'll be happy to know that the Jazzmaster Ultralight Head comes with a speaker-emulated XLR line output with level control and a ground lift to eliminate annoying hum. No direct box is required: Just plug the Jazzmaster Head directly into the console, adjust the level control and you've got perfect tone quality for any recording application. Other cool features? You bet: There's a tuner output with a mute function, a headphone output and a three-button footswitch for channel selection, Normal FX and Drive FX On/Off.
Includes padded shoulder bag and locking speaker cable
When an amp weighs in at just over seven pounds, you can easily carry it into the studio or on a gig in its very own padded shoulder bag, which just happens to come standard with every Fender Jazzmaster Ultralight Head. Also included is a specially-designed locking speaker cable for use when connecting the head to the matching 112 Enclosure.
- 250 watts per channel
- Dual channel design with high- and low-gain inputs
- Three-band EQ on each channel
- XLR line output with speaker-emulation, level, ground lift
- 16 variations of nine effects types per channel
- Headphone output
- Tuner output with mute function
- Tube-emulated overdrive
- Three-button footswitch (Channel Select, Normal FX, Drive FX)
- Patented magnetic docking system
- Switchcraft locking speaker connectors
- Voltage selector switch (with approved power cord)
- Sunburst finish, solid maple side panels and trim
- Padded shoulder bag and locking speaker cable