Fender celebrates 60 years of the Jazzmaster

Fender Jazzmaster 60th anniversary
Fender Jazzmaster 60th anniversary

Jazzmasters pushing 60 (left to right): ’58 in 2-Color Sunburst, Triple in Daphne Blue and Classic in Vintage Blonde

The iconic guitar brand commemorates the anniversary with three new, limited edition models in 2018: the ’58, Triple and Classic

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation has announced the 60th anniversary celebration of the manufacturer’s Jazzmaster model. To mark the occasion, Fender is releasing three, limited edition models in select colours: the Limited Edition 60th Anniversary ’58 Jazzmaster, Triple Jazzmaster and Classic Jazzmaster.

In 1958, Fender introduced the Jazzmaster as the top-of-the-line electric guitar for jazz musicians; later the sound and easily modifiable style attracted counterculture and misfit players, including aficionados of surf guitar – who rarely hesitated to personalize their instruments and make a sound of their own.

Over the past six decades, players across genres have wielded Jazzmaster guitars, from J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) and Elvis Costello to Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age), Chelsea Wolfe, Jim Root (Slipknot), Chris Stapleton, Portugal. The Man and The War on Drugs.

“The Jazzmaster is the little engine that could,” said Fender’s Justin Norvell. “It didn’t follow its original destiny to be a jazz guitar, but found a niche on the creative cutting edge and maintains significant popularity today as we celebrate its 60th anniversary. Whether it’s surf, 90s punk rock or alternative music, the Jazzmaster has remained the guitar of choice, pushing music forward into uncharted territory.”

The Limited Edition 60th Anniversary ‘58 Jazzmaster is available now at a retail price of $2,299.99 (approx. £1,710), whereas the Triple and Classic will arrive in September priced at $1,999.99 (approx. £1,490) and $1,199.99 (approx. £890), respectively. Find out more at fender.com

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