J Mascis looks to offer sweet vintage tones in abundance with new signature Fender Jazzmaster pickup set

Fender's J Mascis signature Jazzmaster pickups
(Image credit: Fender)

Dinosaur Jr. frontman and electric guitar player J Mascis is most well-known for his ferocious, deep-in-the-red live lead guitar sound, aided always by healthy stacks of Marshall and Hiwatt guitar amps.

The alt-rock guitar hero is aiming to bring out another side of tone, though, with his new signature set of Fender Jazzmaster electric guitar pickups.

The new pickups, Mascis said in a press release, have "sweeter, more vintage" sounds on tap than those that can be found on either his recently-released signature ‘58 Telecaster or his signature Jazzmaster.

The wax-potted pickups feature Alnico 2 rod magnets with enamel-coated magnet wire, and flush-mount polepieces, and are wound to Mascis's specifications. 

According to Fender (opens in new tab), they offer a modernized, slightly warmer tonal palette than typical Jazzmaster pickups, but are also designed to, of course, respond optimally to drive and fuzz pedals.

Fender's J Mascis signature Jazzmaster pickups are available now, as a full set, for $129.

(Image credit: Fender)

In tandem with the pickups, Fender also released a broader line of Mascis signature accessories.

These include a signature guitar strap – available in Magenta Flower or Yellow Burst iterations – guitar cable and guitar pick tin.

Each of the straps retails for $32, with the cable ringing up at $59. The pick tin, meanwhile, contains six medium gauge printed picks, and is available now for $11.

The announcement of the new accessories and pickups comes just a few weeks after Mascis gave Reverb.com an extensive tour of his already-formidable collection of guitar gear. During the video interview, the guitarist made the surprising confession that – despite his recently-released signature Ram’s Head Big Muff Pi and the Jazzmasters that bear his name, he almost never uses either of those products in the studio.

For more info on J Mascis's new signature pickups and accessories regardless, visit Fender (opens in new tab).

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month*

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.