Guitar Review: New Fender Acoustasonic Jazzmaster Is a Sleek and Versatile Workhorse – Acoustic Guitar
By Mark Goldenberg
Fender’s recent American Acoustasonic series, which includes Telecaster and Stratocaster models, is known for its smart integration of acoustic and electric sounds. The latest addition to the line, a Jazzmaster iteration, is a sleek, comfortable, stylish, and versatile instrument. Made in California like its siblings, this guitar has the iconic offset body style of its solidbody electric ancestors but is really a different animal altogether—and a true pleasure to explore.
Beautifully Designed and Executed
The American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster is quite a looker, available in five attractive finishes: Arctic White, Natural, Ocean Turquoise, Tobacco Sunburst, and Tungsten. The guitar’s comfy body is made from mahogany, with a Sitka spruce top and a polyester satin matte finish. Clearly designed with high performance in mind, the 25.5-inch scale mahogany neck has a 1.6875-inch GraphTech nut, an ebony fretboard with a 12-inch fretboard radius, and 22 tall, narrow frets. In terms of electronics, the Jazzmaster is outfitted with a new Tim Shaw–designed humbucking pickup (Fender Acoustasonic Shawbucker), paired with a Fishman piezo/internal body sensor electronics system, controlled by a five-way pickup selector switch and master volume and mod knobs.
The review model arrived with a deluxe padded gig bag with large compartments, inside of which there’s a pocket for a set of strings, a removable pouch for picks, capos, pencils, etc., and even a spot