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FENDER AMERICAN ORIGINAL ‘60S JAZZMASTER

Is Fender finally ready to reward Jazzmaster fans’ patience with the perfect US-made guitar they’ve long been begging for? RICHARD PURVIS meets the new king of the offsets

FENDER AMERICAN ORIGINAL ‘60S JAZZMASTER £1,649

When you’ve been waiting six decades for something, what’s a few more months? Fender launched the American Professional Jazzmaster last year with the promise that the 1958 design’s various exasperating quirks had finally been scrubbed out; but while the Am Pro is a fine guitar, the o€ set faithful will tell you that it isn’t a Jazzmaster for purists. With its non-rocking bridge, missing rhythm circuit and Stratocaster-in-disguise pickups, it feels like a ‘gateway o€ set’, designed to appeal to the curious rather than the already converted. Now, though, comes the American Original Jazzmaster… and this time Fender’s sticking closely to the script.

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The April 2018 edition of The Guitar Magazine is out now featuring a FREE digital guitar DIY handbook containing 132 pages of essential tone tops, mods and upgrades that’ll make your guitar sound and play better today. Inside the main mag we go in-depth with Les Pauls and unlock the secrets of authentic 1950s tone. Spoiler alert: it’s not all about ‘old wood’ – we explain how your guitar can go toe-to-toe with a Burst or Goldtop without selling your house to fund a vintage purchase. We also put a pair of Gibson’s new 2018 Les Pauls to the test but if Lesters ain’t your thang, fear not – in addition we check out gorgeous new gear from Fender, Gretsch, B&G and more, including a brand new Lazy J that might just be Jesse Hoff’s finest amplifier to date. Elsewhere in this month’s mag we catch up with JD McPherson, who tells all about recording at RCA Studio B and jamming with Queens Of The Stone Age, pay tribute to legendary innovator Ray Butts and give you the chance to win an awesome Chase Bliss Audio Tonal Recall delay pedal worth £399. Pick up your copy of the feature-packed April 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine now from WH Smith, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Easons and all good newsagents.