Well back into the 1990s and right up to this day, Troy Van Leeuwen has contributed deftly textural guitar work and atmospherics to some of alt-heavy rock's most acclaimed and forward-thinking bands. From the influential '90s alternative of Failur...
“I’m Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens of the Stone Age and this is my signature Jazzmaster. The color was something that I have always liked - oxblood - in some light it looks black, in some light it looks red. I really wanted to go for a mid-60s aesthetic with the binding and the blocked fret markings. I mean it just does all the things I want it to do, as far as the way it looks. And then as far a difference on what a Jazzmaster is, really the only difference is I use this [top] pickup selector all the time and the little plastic one just doesn't really work for me. So if I'm either using it as a kill switch or pickup selector this is very convenient to me, having all the controls up here. So I can in the middle of a song do both. It’s kind of an all-around useful guitar. The neck is kinda based off a ’65 Jazzmaster. I’m somebody who appreciates guitars for being different. A Tele has its classic sort of thick neck for me, and this is a classic neck for this model. I think that the relationship between a single coil pickup and the rosewood fretboard is a good marriage because they can get a little too bright if there's a maple fretboard. I think it just adds a little bit darkness to an otherwise super wirey tone. It looks complete to me because of the headstock. much like The Dude said about his carpet, it ties the whole thing together. When I was learning how to play guitar it was all about Zeppelin, and [Hendrix](http://equipboard.com/pros/jimi-hendrix), and standard tuning. For Queens [of the Stoneage] we have different tunings, and that's always fun to do but it's almost like exploration of your own kinda making… it’s important to experiment, and this is a good guitar to experiment with because of all the different tone options. What it means to me to have a signature model is that not only do I get to express what I like in a guitar, but if people are interested in what I do and if my name's on it, I think what they'd be getting is my appreciation for things that are classic. This is a classic guitar, to me, with just a simple modification just for function. So there's a bit of fashion and function involved, and that’s kinda where I live.”more
Bethany posted a picture of herself with the Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster awhile back with the caption "Returned home from SXSW to this Troy Van Leeuwen signature Jazzmaster! Thanks @fenderguitar for being the best + always taking care of us". She has been using it a lot on the recent tour as well following California Nights releasemore
Well back into the 1990s and right up to this day, Troy Van Leeuwen has contributed deftly textural guitar work and atmospherics to some of alt-heavy rock's most acclaimed and forward-thinking bands. From the influential '90s alternative of Failure to A Perfect Circle, Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Puscifer and others, Van Leeuwen's multi-instrumental expertise has given great color and power to a great deal of very creative rock music.
The Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster is as distinctive as the sounds he wrings from it. Its gloss Oxblood finish with a four-ply red tortoiseshell pickguard is darkly alluring, with the interestingly contrasting touch of two white "witch hat" control knobs. The dual tone circuits (lead, rhythm) use a two-way toggle switch on the upper horn rather than the customary slider switch, and the brass-saddle Mustang bridge is combined with a Jazzmaster tailpiece.
Other features include a maple neck with "C"-shaped profile and heel-end truss rod adjustment, 7.25"-radius bound rosewood fingerboard with 21 vintage-style frets and pearloid block inlays, two American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster single-coil pickups with three-way toggle switching, and vintage-style tuners.