The Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen now has a signature Fender Jazzmaster in a new colour. The Copper Age finished guitar got leaked a while back, and it looks like now is finally available to order.
Troy Van Leeuwen Copper Age Jazzmaster
We’ve already seen this new guitar in a previous article, and, to be honest, it has been in plain sight on the Fender website since I wrote that article. Now that the guitar has been officially released, with a demo video from Troy, we thought we would revisit this Copper Age coloured signature Jazzmaster one more time.
“To have a Fender signature model is already a dream come true,” said Troy Van Leeuwen. “So, to be asked to refresh the look is an honour. Aesthetically, it’s a 180° turn from my original Candy Oxblood signature Jazzmaster, which excites me as I was looking to do a colour that has a classic look. Guitars and cars from the ‘50s and ‘60s used the same paint colours. So, I tried to imagine a 1955 copper convertible Corvette with accents of Aztec Gold. I think we nailed it. The metallic finish really shines on the curves of the offset body shape. I also like the maple fingerboard with the black binding, because it’s a unique look for a Jazzmaster and it adds an attack to the guitar’s versatile tones. I’ve seen vintage Jaguars with this neck, but not very many Jazzmasters.” Troy Van Leeuwen
This Jazzmaster has an alder body finished in a lovely Copper Age finish. The guitar has a pair of Fender Pure Vintage ’65 Jazzmaster pickups, with Troy’s extra large pickup selector switch for the rhythm circuit on the top horn, which can also easily be used as a kill switch. The maple neck has a vintage C-Shaped profile and is bound, with a 7.25″ fretboard radius and nice big black inlays.
I own the regular Oxblood version of this guitar and it sounds great. I really like the vintage neck radius and vintage style frets, as it makes it easier to chord, and play low and slinky, even with my preferred high string action. This new colour scheme, with the maple fretboard, will probably divide opinion. Personally, I really like it.
You can check out Troy talk about the guitar and why he chose this new colour in the official demo video below. I also found an independent review you can check out as well, so fill your boots!
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