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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Jaguars & Jazzmasters / Jazzmaster with Bigsby



Sep 23rd, 2016 05:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Any thoughts on this? anyone tried one?

Interesting, they left out the JM switches, wiring.

Special Limited Edition Fender Jazzmaster

Joe Potts
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Western Pa.

I'm an old guitar hassler
Sep 23rd, 2016 08:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just saw one yesterday at a local dealer. It was ocean turquoise, and I thought it was pretty sharp looking.

Didn't try it though, and I'm not sure whether I like the design features.

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So. Cal. USA

Sep 26th, 2016 10:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

It has the cheapo B50. I do not like the import Bigsbys. I've had a couple I've had to blueprint to get them to work correctly. Too much friction.

They should have used the B5 on an American guitar.

Te 52

Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
Sep 26th, 2016 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

"...It has the cheapo B50. I do not like the import Bigsbys. I've had a couple I've had to blueprint to get them to work correctly. Too much friction..."

I've actually had the opposite experience. More examples of stiff domestic Bigsbys than imports. I think there is some percentage of lemons in both cases.

If the bearings are not perfectly coaxial, the arm will not rotate freely. Could be a machining flaw, rough handling, or warpage of the casting.

My pre-installation test for any Bigsby is to hold it up vertically with the arm hanging down. Move the arm a couple of inches to one side and let it go. If it doesn't swing freely like a pendulum through several cycles, it's going to give trouble on the guitar.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 01:43 PM, Sep 26th, 2016)

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When I sin

I sin real good
Sep 26th, 2016 02:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

I pretty much hate everything they've changed there - pickup switch position, lack of the rhythm circuit, and not having the Jazzmaster trem.

Fender's obsession with putting TOM on everything that didn't have it and omitting original trem systems is ...maddening.

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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Sep 27th, 2016 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm with Rob.

The only good thing about this announcement is that it's a limited edition.



Sep 28th, 2016 04:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'd actually like it if it was basically a swap of the bridge for a Bigsby. I don't like the change of the electronics. I have a used reissue and like the rhythm circuit and the tricks you can do with it.

FDP Data Goon

When I sin

I sin real good
Sep 28th, 2016 06:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Swap of the bridge is huge - part of the Jazzmaster/VI/Jaguar sound is the trem system, even if it's not used.

It's like the difference in sound between a hardtail Strat and a regular one, even more pronounced.

If it was just electronics, could fix that I suppose.



Sep 28th, 2016 08:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

yep, well aware it will drastically change the sound, which is why i'm curious. I already have a traditional Jazzmaster trem and a Jaguar. Wonder how a bigsby would change it...that's all. I like to try food before I hate it :)

(This message was last edited by 60CycleHum at 10:43 PM, Sep 28th, 2016)

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When I sin

I sin real good
Sep 28th, 2016 11:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yea, it's a case of "I like the food as is" personally.



First: Check the nut holding the pick
Nov 5th, 2016 01:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

I read this forum all the time but I don’t post often but I figured I throw 2 cents in because I actually had the chance to play one of these at my local music store…I have been looking at Jazzmasters and this caught my eye.

The fit and finish was on par with what you would expect from a Fender in this price range and the set up was exceptional (this one was Olympic White and very cool looking), I was a little surprised by the import Bigsby but it functioned as it should and the guitar returned to pitch after every use. The pickups sounded like Jazzmaster pickups to my ears and had a nice tone, nothing spectacular but pretty much did what I ask then too.

As I said I am looking at Jazzmaster and by no means am I any type of expert (don’t even own one …yet) but the lack of the rhythm circuit and Jazzmaster bridge was enough hang it back on the wall and keep looking. Had it been a traditional Jazzmaster it may have very well followed me home.

(This message was last edited by Renegade at 03:25 PM, Nov 5th, 2016)

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something behind you
Dec 3rd, 2016 09:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's obviously not aimed at the market for traditionalists. It's more of a different take on an old body shape--for players that want the visual vibe but not the traditional functionality and tones.

There are more choices today in good, inexpensive guitars than ever in history.

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California Escapee

Don't look at me with that tone of voice
Dec 3rd, 2016 01:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Next thing you know they'll be putting a Bigsby on a Stratocaster.

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Dec 4th, 2016 04:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Without being derogatory they are meant for people don't really like Jazzmasters.

Peegoo is right



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