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Offset To Stun

Fender has another stab at fixing the some of the nototious eccentricities of its classic offset designs. RICHARD PURVIS finds out what’s changed…

FENDER AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL JAZZMASTER & JAGUAR £1,539 & £1,539

ELECTRIC GUITARS

Fender’s Jazzmaster and Jaguar have not always felt the love from guitar magazines. In the old days, they only really cared about three genres of music – blues, rock and blues-rock – and so it’s perhaps not surprising that they didn’t have much time for plinky planks favoured by grungey noiseniks with rough hair and even rougher technique. But those days are long over, and while Fender’s o sets might still be something of a niche concern, they have an undeniable cachet of cool, being seen in the hands of everyone from J Mascis and Kurt Cobain to Slipknot’s Jim Root and Foals’ Jimmy Smith.

The reason that many guitarists may still a bit lukewarm, however, is that in contrast to its more famous solidbodies, there’s a perception that Fender didn’t quite nail things with the o sets first time around. They have a reputation for being eccentric and di. cult to work with, particularly in a professional environment.

Lots of people who buy vintage offsets immediately mod them – bridges are replaced, pickups are upgraded, pot values are changed… it’s a lot of work. So with that in mind, while there’s lots to be said for vintage-correct recreations, wouldn’t it be great if Fender put all that aside for a minute and gave us a top-spec Jazzmaster and Jaguar that didn’t require any fiddling at all? Well, thanks to the latest entries in the American Professional range, your prayers may have been answered…

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About Guitar Magazine

The August 2017 edition of the UK’s most affordable and most in-depth guitar magazine is on sale now! You might notice a slightly different name on the cover this month, but inside you’ll find your regular monthly fix of the best gear reviews in the business, DIY tutorials, tone and playing tips, artist interviews, breathtaking photography of vintage instruments and whole lot more besides. This month there’s a feast for Fender offset fans as we offer pro set-up tips, show you how to upgrade your Jaguar or Jazzmaster and find out if Fender’s new American Professional series has finally delivered offsets for the masses. Elsewhere, we interview Joe Bonamassa, Darrel Higham, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Paul Gilbert, pay a visit to Norman’s Rare Guitars in Los Angeles, delve into the snake-oil surrounding tonewoods and give you the chance to win a Shergold electric worth a whopping £835.