Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
Upgrade to today
for only an extra Cxx.xx

You get:

plus This issue of xxxxxxxxxxx.
plus Instant access to the latest issue of 350+ of our top selling titles.
plus Unlimited access to 30000+ back issues
plus No contract or commitment. If you decide that PocketmagsPlus is not for you, you can cancel your monthly subscription online at any time. Auto-renews at €10.99 per month, unless cancelled.
Upgrade for €1.09
Then just €10.99 / month. Cancel anytime.
Learn more
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the European Union version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Read anywhere Read anywhere
Ways to pay Pocketmags Payment Types
Trusted site
At Pocketmags you get
Secure Billing
Great Offers
Web & App Reader
Gifting Options
Loyalty Points

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’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…

Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Guitar Magazine - FREE Sample Issue
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Digital Issue
FREE Sample Issue
Read Now
Getting free sample issues is easy, but we need to add it to an account to read, so please follow the instructions to read your free issue today.
Email Address
This special issue is not included in a new Guitar Magazine subscription. Subscriptions include the latest regular issue and new issues released during your subscription.
Annual Digital Subscription
Only € 2.33 per issue
Was €33.99
Now €27.99
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only € 3.49 per issue

View Issues

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.