Well, all I can say is that it’s truly been a banner year for Fender when it comes to obscure, but very well-deserved, signature model guitars––and you certainly won’t hear me complaining.
Hot on the heels of their new Joe Strummer Telecaster comes word that yet another of my all-time favorite guitar players is being honored with a Fender Artist Series guitar––the incomparable J. Mascis of early indie pioneers Dinosaur Jr.
As you can probably tell from the photo, in spite of his considerable chops Mascis isn’t known for taking himself too seriously, and the Jazzmaster that bears his name appears to be no exception––the body is apparently made of inexpensive basswood (something you see in a lot of Squiers,) and is decked out in a Purple Sparkle Polyester finish.
Other features unique to the instrument include a pair of “Special Design” MIJ single-coil Jazzmaster pickups, satin-finish neck, 21 Jumbo-size frets, adjusto-matic bridge, and an anodized Gold pickguard.
The J. Mascis Jaszzmaster will also sport a maple “C”-shape neck (25.5“ scale-length,) rosewood fretboard, Rosewood w/7.25” radius, “Lead” circuit volume and tone controls, “Rhythm” circuit volume and tone controls, 3-way pickup switching, vintage-style floating tremolo and tremolo lock button, and Fender/Gotoh vintage-style tuners.
Expect a full announcement from Fender at this weekend’s 2007 Summer NAMM show.