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Firebird meets Jazzmaster with Fender’s new Spark-O-Matic model mashup

Fender Parallel Universe Volume II Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster
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Fender is no stranger to injecting a little Les Paul DNA into its Parallel Universe Volume II models – just take a look at the Troublemaker Tele Deluxe and Uptown Strat – but its latest release looks to another Gibson model, the Firebird VII, for inspiration.

The Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster teams classic Jazz appointments with a number of features derived from Gibson’s iconic ’bird.

For starters, it’s built using a three-piece body, composed of a mahogany core and chambered ash wings, rather than the one-piece alder body you’d usually find on a Jazzmaster. Here, it’s decked out in a 3-Color Sunburst – with no pickguard.

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Fender Parallel Universe Volume II Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster

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Fender Parallel Universe Volume II Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster

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But it’s the pickups that really draw deep from the Gibson well: three chrome-covered Seymour Duncan SM-1N and SM-3B mini-humbuckers are onboard, adjusted via a five-way switch. Fender promises everything from “smooth growl to full-throttle roar” from the arrangement.

More typical Fender appointments come in the form of an American Pro Jazzmaster bridge and tailpiece, 18:1-ratio ClassicGear tuners, and a 9.5”-radius, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard on 25.5”-scale Deep C maple neck.

The Parallel Universe Volume II Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster is available now for $1,999. Check out Fender.com for more info.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Digital Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World, having spent nine storied years contributing to guitar journalism and a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). He has written and edited for MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, and makes prog-ish instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.