Product Review: Fender American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster Guitars


It’s the hybrid guitar we’ve all been waiting for, and it’s no surprise the Fender name is attached! A slim-bodied guitar that plays like an electric, the Acoustasonic Jazzmaster is something of an anomaly – an anomaly that makers have been trying to create for years without much success. It may be “the one” who blows the doors open and truly becomes the market leader in hybrid guitars.

The Jazzmaster body shape has now joined the Telecaster and Stratocaster models in the American Acoustasonic guitar line. The iconic offset body style launched in 1959 brings a slightly larger body than the Tele and Strat, adding extra tones.

With its polyester satin matte finish, the mahogany body is so nice and smooth. Paired with the satin urethane finished mahogany neck, this instrument is truly a dream to play. I was very impressed with its voicings and fast Modern Deep “C” neck (the sculpted heel mimics an electric neck and gives you easy access to those higher frets). It’s really easy to slip into when you start playing, and this series is designed to target the ever-expanding loop generation. It can handle percussive rhythms while sounding like an acoustic for rhythm parts. Crank up a boost or change the mic position to moan some solos on your loops.

The pickup switch setup gives you a plethora of sonic options: warm, natural tones ranging from a jumbo mahogany acoustic sound to fat electric distortion. This guitar Actually has its own distortion, and the sound is incredibly smooth and balanced. There are so many different variations and options that you have to shape your tone, and it goes from extreme to extreme. Thanks to the three pickups that Fender has installed, it allows you to do all kinds of variations and shape it further with the “Blend” button. Between the new Acoustasonic Shawbucker designed by Tim Shaw, the Fishman under-saddle transducer and the Fishman Enhancer, you can offer ten different body styles and wood combinations.

The Acoustasonic Jazzmaster is not only versatile in its construction, but you have plenty of external options. It can withstand rough road use as well as temperature fluctuations, it stays tuned well, and because it’s thinner and lighter, transport is convenient and easy. It sounds great plugged in straight for recording and through a PA system, but it also has a different feel when plugged into an amp. Adding pedals to the mix gives you even more tonal options. It works well in live applications and produces no feedback. He also takes a capo very well. Keep in mind that this guitar is meant to be plugged in, as it is not a “campfire” guitar. Once you do, the possibilities are endless.

I like guitars that are forward-thinking and spark creativity. The Acoustasonic is a great guitar if you are looking for an all-in-one, if you are just starting out or if you prefer to have only one guitar instead of two. It’s not just another piece of equipment. It’s a tool that offers great versatility for any type of musician, and it’s definitely a game changer for guitarists.

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Price: $1,999.99


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