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1966 Fender Jazzmaster

In 1958, Fender introduced the Jazzmaster to its line in an attempt to attract legit jazz guitarists. The intended clientele proved to be far more conservative than expected, but the surf music wave of the early 60s loved the Jazzmaster. The guitar features a number of unique features, most especially a two-channel circuit for the pickups. A switch on the upper horn allowed the player to isolate just the front pickup and adjust the volume and tone separate from the main channel, which had a standard volume and tone control and a three-way toggle switch. The Jazzmaster pickups were a quasi-soapbar shape, single coils, which had a darker tone than Teles and Strats. The bridge tone is thick and defined while the neck pickup could get dark, jazzy tones. One of the unexpected things I discovered about Jazzmaster is that they are a total funk machine. The blend of neck and bridge is perfect for funk! The instrument’s neck is slim and the offset body makes it feel like the upper registers are