Fender Jazz-Tele Limited Edition 2018 Parallel Universe Series

Fender Jazz-Tele Limited Edition 2018 Parallel Universe Series  ·  Source: Fender/YouTube

Fender Jazz-Tele Limited Edition 2018 Parallel Universe Series

Fender Jazz-Tele Limited Edition 2018 Parallel Universe Series  ·  Source: Fender

Back in January, we write about the leak of Fender’s NAMM 2018 line-up, including the Parallel Universe series. Fender is now releasing one of those unusual instruments, the Limited Edition Jazz Tele. A Telecaster with Jazzmaster hardware. My first thought was: Good that it’s limited…

Jazz-Tele

The Fender Jazzmaster with Telecaster hardware is so last year. We’ve all done that one, it seems (myself included, I own three of them).

Now, though, we all want a Telecaster with Jazzmaster hardware. At least that is what Fender appears to think. The body shape is from the Telecaster, the rest from the classic Jazzmaster offset: a Jazzmaster-style headstock, the signature Fender USA Pure Vintage single coil pickups, floating tremolo with trem lock button, input on the top of the pickguard, pickup selector switch and a bridge with custom Mustang saddles. But no ‘Rhythm circuit’, which the Jazzmaster is infamous for (the one no one ever uses, except as a kill switch!). (And except me! Ed.)

Yes, I’m a big fan of the Jazzmaster and I also love the Telecaster, I own multiples of both instruments already. But this combination makes me feel a little queasy. I’m getting the urge to ‘kill it with fire’…

Fender Limited Edition Jazz-Tele

Fender Limited Edition Jazz-Tele Two-Tone Sunburst

Ugly Duckling

It reminds me a little of the Deluxe Tele with Wide Range humbuckers. But that Tremolo sits so far down on the body that the look just does not go away. It looks squashed, somehow. Even the unfamiliar headstock makes the guitar look smaller and compressed.

The Fender Jazz-Tele is available in either Two-Tone Sunburst and Surf Green nitrocellulose lacquer. The maple neck has a Mid-60s C-profile and the bound rosewood fingerboard has a 9.5 “radius.

Fender Limited Edition Jazz-Tele

Fender Limited Edition Jazz-Tele Surf Green

Limited Edition 2018

Luckily for us, it is a limited edition, so there won’t be many available. But I suppose they will become collectable for many people. Thankfully, these Parallel Universe guitars are all limited to this year. Some of them, in my opinion, look pretty awful. I do love the ’60s aesthetic, but these just don’t work for me and I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy one, especially at the price listed.

I doubt I would ever actually play one, other than in a guitar store. I’m especially interested in how the pickups help or destroy the Telecaster character. Sorry Fender, I think this guitar is a bit of an ugly duckling, so I will politely pass.

What about you? Let us know your thoughts on this, ahem, unusual guitar in the comments section below.

RRP – USD 1999  including case

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Trying to destroy a product without having even heard or played it? Certainly not every product is worth a positive verdict, but a Fender Guitar with a certain pricetag is for shure no complete looser. So this is a totally unprofessional hatespeech approach to the item by the author.. This guy should do somthing else but not write for gearnews. He is simply not good enough as a journalist.

Funny, as a Yank, I find Jef’s reviews (and especially this one) quite balanced and informative and am glad he approaches them in part from a player’s/consumer’s viewpoint which is something almost nonexistent over here in the music media in the States. I see no “hate” or “unprofessional” approach here and vastly prefer it to the typical “puff piece” review which paints every new product in glowing terms no matter how silly or overpriced it actually is. If a new product can’t stand a point/counterpoint discussion, then it is a pretty poor effort in my opinion. And if you are… Read more »

I think it’s a great concept myself. The reason I don’t gig with JMs is because if you lean them against your amp and walk away for a minute or two, there’s a good chance you’ll find it on the floor when you get back. Honestly, it’s what keeps me from taking any of my offset guitars out. I’m too lazy to carry a guitar stand everywhere I play. I don’t think it’s ugly, by the way. But the most important thing is how does it play and sound? I’m very curious to try this guitar and will probably buy… Read more »

Hey, I own one of these, and I love it. It feels and plays great and I LOVE the look! It’s cheesy in a good way. Mine is 2 tone sunburst. Gonna replace the 1 meg pots with 500k ones though. The 1 meg ones will slit your eardrums if you are not careful…..

Sean Looby

Hello mate, i’ve got the same, did the 1 meg pots make much of a difference? I was hope it would even though its ash wood.