In this photo of Anthony Gonzalez performing live, he can be seen playing a 3-color sunburst Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special Electric Guitar. The writing on the headstock can clearly be seen in this photo, and it matches that of the Classic Player Jazzmaster Special exactly (as does the rosewood fingerboard, pickups, knobs, and toggle switch).more
Smith’s Jazzmasters are all supplied by Fender, and the company has even made him his own bespoke range with original colours and matching headstocks. “I’ve had quite a few Jazzmasters from Fender, all Mexican Classic players, and I had a problem with the strings coming off,” says Jimmy. “We played Lollapalooza in Chicago. It was my birthday and they gave me a Mexican Sunburst Jaguar and told me it was specifically designed so I could play it really hard, and I plugged it in on stage, and on the first note the three bottom strings all came off! Now my guitar tech is on it and sorts it all out for me. “My guitars are super-cool. I requested that I repaint some of the guitars Fender give me, and wanted to paint them the original surf colours – Sonic Blue and Surf Green – and Neil [Whitcher, Fender’s European head of artist relations] said ‘how about we just make them for you?’. I’ve got four now – two of each. It’s pretty great! “I like the fact that Jazzmasters are pretty loud. I always play them on the neck pickups, and they’re big and warm, and for the studio they’re pretty versatile. You can get a lot of different sounds out of them. They’re nice to play, and I like the size of the body and the way it’s cut. If I’m playing it every single night, sometimes I struggle with other guitars. I used to really want a Mustang but I just couldn’t get to grips with the body. It’s strange, the Jazzmaster just seems to totally suit me… and I really love Sonic Youth. I grew up looking at those old beaten-up Jazzmasters.” “Jimmy has been playing Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special guitars since the Holy Fire album cycle,” says Whitcher. “He was looking for a robust touring instrument, the Classic Player suited him well due to the nature of the tune-o-matic bridge and the break angle over the saddles being increased, as the trem system is moved slightly closer to the bridge than on vintage and traditional Jazzmasters. “He’s pretty hard on his guitars, I’ve seen them go through stage ceilings, strung up on lighting rigs, even being kick flipped… amazingly they always seem to be able to put the guitars back together. “For the new album campaign, we decided to do a couple of custom colour guitars for Jimmy to take out on the road – he wanted matching headstock models, which are not available in the Classic Player series, so I commissioned the factory in Ensenada to build him a Surf Green and a Faded Sonic Blue (with tortoise shell guard), both are Classic Player Jazzmasters, both with matching headstocks.” Smith’s currently playing Limited Edition Olympic White, Black and Sunburst models and Surf Green and Faded Sonic Blue guitars specially made for him by Fender, through an Orange Rockerverb head. ([Source](http://www.guitar-bass.net/features/interview-foals/)).more
"This is my black Jazzmaster. It's a Mexican Jazzmaster. I have it in a different tuning, it's a completely different tuning. Right now on our set we have one song that we play it on and it's 'Sins of My Youth.' Before, on the last album cycle, we were playing farther down and we have a few older songs that I use that tuning a lot. Like almost exclusively, I played that more than standard tuning. I ordered the pickguard on eBay. It had tinsel like inside the pickguard. So when the lights hit it just right it kind of looked like there were LEDs in there. It just kind of sparkles. It's really cool."more
"Mike played a late-’90s Japanese-made Fender Jazzmaster Classic Player. I really like those guitars. They have a deeper neck pocket than the American Vintage ’65 Jazzmaster Reissue. The pickups are totally different—darker and harsher than the American ones. It also has a Nashville Tune-o-matic-style bridge with the Baxendale Gibson Vibrola mod. (Though designed to improve the Gibson Vibrola, the mod also works for the Jazzmaster trem, but not as well as the Mastery Bridge.) He plugged this into his wall-shaking Sound City 50 Plus (with both channels bridged and cranked) and drove that ’80s Marshall 4x10 1965A cabinet nearly to extinction. It sounded heavenly."more
I've had this guitar since 2010. Guitar was in perfect condition. Bought it new. MIM. Action was perfect out of the box. Stays in tune great. Took it for some routine service like 3 years later, and it got better. Recently i changed the pickups for some Seymour Duncan Hot For Jazzmaster 2. Bridge and Neck. It really boosted the guitar's output, it gave it more kick. I believe it got the real tone out of this great guitar. I've never had any problems with it. I also modded the guitar by getting it a tone bypass. I sold it for a year ando got the same one I sold, I regretted that so much. But now it's back. Great guitar and great sound... the only down side i can find is probably the problem it was to find a case that fitted this guitar, but that's like something that has nothing to do with the guitar at all.
This guitar sounds amazing for anything. I mean it seriously, you could honestly play metal on it, but the p-90's aren't hot enough to handle hi-gain, but the neck is really comfy. Put a touch of reverb on it, even a little crunch and boom these fuckers sing. The jazz box setting sounds super killer, all in all super awesome guitar if you don't have over a grand to spend this guitar should definitely be one you check out at your guitar shop!