Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

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Re: Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

Post by mcatano » Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:44 pm

It looks like The Thurston Group picked a few up recently:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B6I4TprFZmi ... _copy_link

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Re: Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

Post by marqueemoon » Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:37 pm

Played one today. Not good at being a Jazzmaster, and not very good at being a modern Jazzmaster-shaped-object either. Gets a big ol’ nope from me.

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Re: Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

Post by BoringPostcards » Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:10 am

marqueemoon wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:37 pm
Played one today. Not good at being a Jazzmaster, and not very good at being a modern Jazzmaster-shaped-object either. Gets a big ol’ nope from me.
What sucked about it? The pickups?
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Re: Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

Post by marqueemoon » Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:21 am

BoringPostcards wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:10 am
marqueemoon wrote:
Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:37 pm
Played one today. Not good at being a Jazzmaster, and not very good at being a modern Jazzmaster-shaped-object either. Gets a big ol’ nope from me.
What sucked about it? The pickups?
Maybe. It sounded really bland and lifeless. Lacked complexity.

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Re: Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

Post by timtam » Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:32 pm

Another look at the new noiseless pickup design ...
https://youtu.be/OCtoW7AB5bs?t=473
His first JM .... 'pickups sound like garbage, lifeless and dead' ... also compared to PV65s in Jazz Tele.

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Re: Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

Post by macdog » Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:55 am

As soon as he pulled out the pickups and turned one on its side I knew this one was dead in the water. I do like that mocha finish though.

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Re: Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

Post by Jan Deal » Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:08 am

timtam wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:32 pm
Another look at the new noiseless pickup design ...
https://youtu.be/OCtoW7AB5bs?t=473
His first JM .... 'pickups sound like garbage, lifeless and dead' ... also compared to PV65s in Jazz Tele.
The PV65's sounded way better.

The video is good at going into depth on the guitar.

Likes:
  • The heel at the neck looks to be a good design.
    The selector switch is in the correct location.
    Input jack on the side makes a lot of sense to me.
    Fender's modern necks are very nice.
    Sensible bridge
Dislikes:
  • Pickups sound pretty beige.
    Switching system is overly complicated and cumbersome.
    The position of the input jack is in the wrong place. A bit more thought could have been put into this!
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Re: Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

Post by adamrobertt » Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:32 am

Jan Deal wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:08 am
timtam wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:32 pm
Another look at the new noiseless pickup design ...
https://youtu.be/OCtoW7AB5bs?t=473
His first JM .... 'pickups sound like garbage, lifeless and dead' ... also compared to PV65s in Jazz Tele.
The PV65's sounded way better.

The video is good at going into depth on the guitar.

Likes:
  • The heel at the neck looks to be a good design.
    The selector switch is in the correct location.
    Input jack on the side makes a lot of sense to me.
    Fender's modern necks are very nice.
    Sensible bridge
Dislikes:
  • Pickups sound pretty beige.
    Switching system is overly complicated and cumbersome.
    The position of the input jack is in the wrong place. A bit more thought could have been put into this!
*output jack

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Re: Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

Post by DrPete » Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:43 am

Any more experiences with the new Ultra. Still think it looks great, but still haven't been able to try one...!

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Re: Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

Post by Renegade » Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:08 pm

New to the forum. I just posted in the introduction section but I thought I would chime in on the Ultra Jazzmaster as well because I picked one up back in November.

I had been looking at Jazzmasters for quite some time and really liked the extra features that the Ultra line offered. I have been playing for years, mostly Les Pauls, Strats and Teles but I am a total newbie to Jazzmasters so my opinions may reflect that...but here goes:
The "D" shaped neck, compound radius and body contours make it very comfortable to play.
I like the "out of phase" circuit and find myself using it often.
The extra tone knob (Master Volume-Neck Tone-Bridge Tone) is a good thing for me, being able to dial back the bridge helps quite a bit for some of what I like to play.
The noiseless pickups are nice, maybe a little darker than a standard Jazzmaster pickup but they have a lot of character and sound really good to my ears.
The Mocha Burst color is absolutely gorgeous.

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Re: Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

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Re: Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

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Re: Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

Post by Renegade » Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:40 am

NO_Camping 4U and andy_tchp ...was there some weird link attached in my Post??
I did try to attach a photo before I realized I didn’t have permissions yet but deleted the link (or so I thought).
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Re: Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

Post by timtam » Sun May 10, 2020 7:44 am

The official parts list/wiring diagram for the Ultra has popped up ...
https://www.fmicassets.com/Damroot/Orig ... 7_2020.pdf

Bridge and trem (with screw-in arm) are confirmed as from the Am Pro series.

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