Fender Announces the Jim Root Jazzmaster

January 11, 2014

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.




  1. Jake swigert says:

    It’s going to be $1000+ right?

    posted on January 11, 2014 at 1:11 pm
  2. Donaciano says:

    Nice! Reminds me of a stripped down 50’s hot rod. Great job. How does it play and sound?

    posted on January 11, 2014 at 2:13 pm
  3. Phil says:

    What is the point of this? It offers nothing more than any of his previous sig models do.

    posted on January 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm
  4. Larry M. Smiley says:

    Without ever holding one, or playing one, I can not give a full review. However I can say three things to improve the chances of me buying one: 1/ drop price by about $1000. 2/ add at least one tone knob,3/ make it available in aqua firemist (see Eric Johnson strat for example)

    posted on January 11, 2014 at 10:16 pm
  5. Chris says:

    They could have found a better spot for the volume control.

    posted on January 26, 2014 at 3:23 pm
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  7. Chris McMahon says:

    I think it’s a dark beauty; can’t help but notice, though, it’s virtually identical in design to my 2001 Squire Jagmaster, which is a great guitar. Of course the components and build quality should be markedly different.
    But consider this, both feature a Jazzmaster body, Strat-style trem and 25.5 inch neck and two humbuckers. My Jagmaster has a tone control though, which is missing on this one.

    posted on March 15, 2014 at 3:21 am
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