NAMM, or the National Association of Music Merchants, held in Anaheim, California, every January never disappoints. This year (2014), Fender lay bare the new Jim Root Jazz Master. Stripped and downright striking to behold, this guitar will leave you thunderstruck. Truly a work of art, this guitar is unlike any Jazz Master you’ve ever seen.
Simplicity is beauty. Forget everything you know about the Jazz Master guitar and take a look at the new Jim Root (Slipknot and Stone Sour musician). With a price tag around $1,800 dollars, the Jim Root Jazz Master is worth every penny. With a squared up body and a minimalist approach, Fender strips away the dual tone circuits and volley of controls, leaving a strikingly minimalistic guitar. Watch Jim Root talk about the Jazz Master. This guitar can be underrated by musicians. Jim Root says, “I kind of blew it off,” when Alex Perez (Fender Custom Shop) sent him a Jazz Master with all of his specs. After using the guitar for an entire rehearsal, he states that, “It felt so comfortable, it completely changed my opinion of that guitar. Like all of a sudden, that instantly became my absolute favorite guitar.” One of the reasons the guitar is so comfortable is the offset waist body shape; it balances naturally and feels like it just belongs.
Visit Fender’s official website for all spec’s of the Jim Root Jazz Master. Some unique and noteworthy features of the guitar include a large ’70s style headstock, a contoured neck heel, 22 jumbo frets and no position markers. This guitar has a mahogany body, EMG 81 bridge and 60 neck pickups with brushed nickel covers, a hard-tail Stratocaster bridge, and a single volume knob and three-way switch.
A Little History:
Did you know that the first Jazz Master was also revealed at NAMM in 1958? It’s true. According to Fender, the guitar was initially marketed to jazz musicians (not a big there) but found a home amongst the surf bands of the day. In the 70’s, the Jazz Master found a home with punk rockers and indie guitarists.Until the 1980’s, the guitar wasn’t incredibly popular. It was actually discontinued for a time until it was brought back in 1986. The Jazz Master was also the first of Fender guitars to feature dual tone circuits allowing for more versatility.
Why the Jim Root Jazz Master?
This guitar can speak for itself. Pick it up, play a set, and make up your own mind. You’ll know if it’s the guitar for you. As a musician myself, I know that other musicians will understand what I mean by magic, the right guitar in the right hands, mesmerizing; that’s what happens when you pick up this guitar. You won’t want to put it down. Not everyone has $1,800 to drop on a new guitar, but it really is worth it if you can scrape up the cash. Everything about this guitar screams perfection. You’ll play until your fingers bleed and won’t even notice.