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With such a flashy flame top, the Silvertone 1445 was built to catch the eyes of department store shoppers.

I don’t know what’s going on lately, but I’m breaking down all over and my shoulder is the latest to crumble. When I was a kid I would practice guitar in my bedroom near a radiator with an ungrounded amp plug and I’d get a zap right through my guitar and into my hands. Well, my shoulder pain is like that now, only without the cool story of rock ’n’ roll survival. I simply woke up one day like this. After a few weeks of discomfort, I figured I’d try out a new pillow, since mine are flattened like a wafer. I ventured out to the mall and, much to my sadness, saw the local Sears store shuttered, with weeds growing up from the sidewalks and concrete barriers blocking the large glass doors. I know I don’t get out much, but, man, was I sad to see the Sears store I’d known since childhood closed-up like that. My wife was laughing at me because apparently it had been closed for some time. But since I seem to exist on a separate timeline than most folks, it was all news to me.

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The Jazzmaster finally gets an upscale modern facelift—with enhanced playability and expressive potential as the payoff.

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Pros:
Improved, more-stable vibrato system. Vast tone shaping possibilities. Noiseless pickups. Bend-conducive, super-playable, compound radius neck. Tuning stable.

Cons:
Noiseless pickups sound less characterful than vintage-style units.

Street:
$1,999

Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster
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