Wow… 2007 is really turning into a hell of a year for those of us whose taste in guitar players runs a bit shy of the mainstream. Not only did we see Fender’s introduction of the Joe Strummer Telecaster and J. Mascis Jazzmaster, but it would appear that an Elvis Costello Signature Jazzmaster is now in the works as well.
There’s not a whole lot of information available at this time, but I can safely say that the instrument will be based on the vintage Jazzmaster that Costello so famously posed with on his ’77 debut album My Aim Is True.
Other specs are purely speculation at this point, but the guitar appears to sport a standard pair of Fender “soapbar” pickups, rosewood fretboard with 21 frets, satin brown transparent lacquer finish, and the usual “vintage reissue” appointments.
To top it off, the original prototype for the Elvis Costello Signature Jazzmaster is now up for auction on eBay, with a current price of $2,500.00. Auction ends Sunday, Nov. 18.
No word yet on pricing, when to expect an official announcement from Fender, or whether the Costello Jazzmaster will be a Custom Shop creation or a cheaper production model like the guitars mentioned above.
As always… I’ll keep you posted.