Fender Vintera II Series! '50s Jazzmaster, '60s Stratocaster & '70s Jaguar Demos | First Look

PG straps in and takes a spin with three brand new entries from the ace but accessibly priced, Mexico-built Vintera II series.

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At the time this Jazzmaster was sold, a blonde finish was an unusual alternative on the model to the more typical sunburst.

The famous Jazzmaster bucked conventional Fender design norms at the time it was released, as well as expectations of whom it would appeal to.

Even though the Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster were selling well to those playing country, blues, and rock ’n’ roll, Leo Fender wanted to design a guitar that appealed to serious jazz musicians. Fender introduced this guitar in mid 1958. It was optimistically named the Jazzmaster, and while it was quickly embraced by famed, jazz-informed country session player Harold Bradley, its newly designed mellower pickups and floating vibrato still did not appeal to highbrow jazz musicians. The new model was, however, embraced by young players, like the instrumental group called the Ventures, who played a new type of music eventually known as “surf.”

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Rig Rundown: Theo Katzman

How the Vulfpeck picker travels the funk fantastic—with a compact pedalboard, a two-amp setup, and some classic-style axes.

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