“I Don’t Care How the Guitar Sounds” | Division of Laura Lee's Viktor Lager Big 5

Division of Laura Lee’s Viktor Lager on his No. 1 concern when playing live. Plus—his latest Mascis-inspired Jazzmaster mod.

Exceptional playability and scores of sounds make this much more than a simple electric/acoustic hybrid.

Super-sweet playability and superb setup. Wide range of available tones—including convincing acoustic tones.

Best-looking Acoustasonic yet—but may look pretty strange to some. No dedicated tone knob.

$1,999 street

Fender Acoustasonic Jazzmaster


Back in June 2020, I reviewed the Fender Acoustasonic Stratocaster. It was my first long-term exposure to Fender's new Acoustasonic line, and like many old-school-leaning Fender-design enthusiasts, I greeted the concept with mild skepticism. But the Acoustasonic surprised and impressed on many levels—sparking fun and inspiration in ample measures and at many turns.

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Matt Sweeney's career amalgamates an uncommon blend of indie- and roots-rock-cred, high-profile session gigs, membership in the Billy Corgan-led supergroup Zwan, and collaborations with Josh Homme and Bonnie "Prince" Billy.

Photo by Chris Shonting

The Superwolf, Zwan, and Chavez guitarist's tone secrets: fingerpicking, flatwound strings, and overdriven amps.

Matt Sweeney thinks you should fingerpick. "I don't want to sound like some sort of dick who hates guitar picks," he says, after about 20 minutes railing against guitar picks. "But try it. It's worth it."

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