I’ve never really been a fan of Jazzmaster guitars, they kind of remind me of shoegazing indie kids who don’t really know how to play and bought the guitar because they thought it looked suitably retro to match their floppy 70’s hairstyle. THIS guitar however is definitely a Jazzmaster I could see myself owning!
Gone are the dual tone circuits and barrage of controls. Gone are the fret position markers and enormous chrome bridge. Gone, in fact, is pretty much everything typical of a Jazzmaster guitar, replaced only by fearsome EMG® 60 (neck) and 81 (bridge) humbucking pickups with brushed nickel covers, a single three-way switch, a single volume knob and a hard-tail Stratocaster bridge.
The Jim Root Jazzmaster also features a mahogany body with a comfortable contoured neck heel, satin-finish maple neck with “modern C” profile and large headstock, compound-radius ebony fingerboard (12”-16”) with 22 jumbo frets and no position markers, staggered deluxe locking tuners, black hardware and pickup bezels, and an austere Flat Black satin-nitro lacquer finish. Includes black tweed case with red plush interior, strap and strap locks, cable and polishing cloth.
Check out this video of Jim talking about the guitar that was originally sent to him as a prototype a couple of years ago: