A selection of electric guitars entering their seventh decade.

1959 Fender Jazzmaster #38876
In late 1958 the Fender Jazzmaster was unveiled to the public. With a price tag of $329, the Jazzmaster's early ad copy read like that era's car commercials: "America's finest guitar... unequaled in performance and design features". One of the early design changes that took place during the Jazzmaster's production was the addition of a nitrate celluloid pickguard, replacing the previous gold anodized unit, featuring a crescent shaped notch at the neck pocket area allowing for easier truss rod access. Custom colors were also introduced, such as Fiesta Red, Blond, Metallic Gold, and San Marino Blue. These colors are rare and fetch a premium on today's vintage market. Fender finally ceased the original production run of the Jazzmaster in 1980. Credit: Tim Mullally & Dave Rogers, Dave's Guitar Shop, La Crosse, WI.

Fat tones from a sweet niche where Les Paul, Gretsch, and Telecaster share the limelight.

Copious, unexpected tones. Cool, useful bass contour control. Very nice build quality. Excellent value.

Heavy.

$1,199

Reverend Flatroc Bigsby
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4.5

If you only pay casual attention to Reverend guitars, it’s easy to overlook how different their instruments can be. Some of that may be due to the way Reverends look. There are longstanding styling themes and strong family likenesses among models that can make differentiation a challenge for uninitiated guitar spotters. For instance, the Flatroc reviewed here has more or less the same body as the Charger, Buckshot, and Double Agent OG (which has an entirely different body than the more Jazzmaster-like Double Agent W). If you don’t have an experienced Reverend enthusiast at your side, it can all be a bit mind bending.

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