Jazzmasters “were not particularly good guitars when they were first introduced,” Fender CEO admits

Fender Jazzmaster
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With its string-popping bridge and rarely utilized rhythm circuit, the Jazzmaster has never been the most player-friendly electric guitar design in the Fender catalogue - and it seems the company’s CEO, Andy Mooney, agrees.

In a new interview with Reverb, the Big F’s big boss made the admission while responding to a question regarding the former affordability of Jazzmasters, which saw them adopted by a bevy of ’90s alt-rockers.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Editor-in-Chief, GuitarWorld.com

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.