Fender Announces the Jim Root Jazzmaster
We’ve been waiting for this one for a little while. Fender has finally announced a production model of Jim Root’s wildly non-traditional Jazzmaster.
Following suit from the existing Jim Root signature guitars (a Stratocaster and Telecaster, respectively), this instrument is stripped down to the bare bones and has the specs we’ve come to expect from a Jim Root signature: monochromatic aesthetics, EMGs, hard tail bridge, simplified electronics, and that awesome, fat 70s style Strat headstock.
This one seems like a guitar people are going to either love or hate (I fall in the former category myself!). What do you think about this instrument?!!! For more info head over to Fender's site.
Here’s the full press release from Fender:
Stark, dark and menacing, the Jim Root Jazzmaster® guitar has got to be the most distinctively minimalist version of the instrument ever devised in the model's entire half-century history. At the behest of the towering Slipknot/Stone Sour guitarist, gone are the dual tone circuits and barrage of controls.
Gone are the fret position markers and enormous chrome bridge. Gone, in fact, is pretty much everything typical of a Jazzmaster guitar, replaced only by fearsome EMG® 60 (neck) and 81 (bridge) humbucking pickups with brushed nickel covers, a single three-way switch, a single volume knob and a hard-tail Stratocaster bridge.
The Jim Root Jazzmaster also features a mahogany body with a comfortable contoured neck heel, satin-finish maple neck with "modern C" profile and large headstock, compound-radius ebony fingerboard (12"-16") with 22 jumbo frets and no position markers, staggered deluxe locking tuners, black hardware and pickup bezels, and an austere Flat Black satin-nitro lacquer finish. Includes black tweed case with red plush interior, strap and strap locks, cable and polishing cloth.