HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (October 6, 2020)- Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today released an all-new, refreshed Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster in a one-of-a-kind dazzling Copper Age colourway exclusive to Fender’s collaboration with Queens of the Stone Age guitarist, Troy Van Leeuwen. With personalized features including the 1960s and 1970s-style design cues, a maple neck with block inlays, special switching and an upgraded bridge- the Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster is as distinctive as the sounds he creates from it. Today, fans can get their own Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster in these exclusive finishes- an instrument Van Leeuwen himself calls a “modern classic”. This artist signature launch precedes Van Leeuwen’s latest project, Gone Is Gone, and third collection of songs with Singer/Bassist Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Programmer and Drummer Tony Hajjar ( At The Drive-In / Sparta ), Composer/Keyboardist Mike Zarin set for release later this year.
Troy Van Leeuwen has contributed deftly textural guitar work and atmospherics to some of alt-rock’s most acclaimed and forward-thinking bands. From Failure to A Perfect Circle, Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Puscifer and others, Van Leeuwen’s multi-instrumental expertise has given colour and power to some of the most creative and popular rock music of the last three decades. “Troy and his iconic playing style have made an indelible mark on the rock idiom,” said Justin Norvell, EVP Fender Products. “He’s one of those guitar players that is synonymous with the Jazzmaster and pulls incredible sounds out of the instrument, pushing the limits of what’s creatively possible. As a result, his signature Jazzmaster has been embraced by guitar players since its initial release in 2014- so much that there was no choice but to mix it up for players aesthetically. This model still keeps those `60s design cues, including block inlay and neck binding, as well as a matching headstock.”
“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-degree 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.”
Van Leeuwen kept the guitar pretty true to its original mid-60’s specifications on the inside but replaced the slider for the bass circuit to a 2-way toggle switch- which he calls “a game-changer” for his playing experience. “I need quick access to that circuit when I’m on stage switching between instruments and going from woofy creamy tones to wiry treble attack within the same song,” he added.
Troy discusses his music, guitar playing and a glimpse into his new Signature in an episode of Fender’s serialized social video series, Fender Demos. Fender Demos is an educational video series focused on providing a deep dive into Fender’s newest products. The series focuses on showcasing not only the key features and benefits but also the sonic quality of Fender’s instruments, amplifiers and pedals. In addition to product demos, the series also provides valuable beginner, intermediate and advanced tone tips, set-up and maintenance guides and insights to get the most out of your Fender gear.
In true tradition, the Fender Artist Signature Series honours iconic musicians through product progression and storytelling, creating instruments inspired by the unique specifications of the world’s greatest guitarists and bassists. Learn more about the Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster here; product and images of Van Leeuwen with his Signature Jazzmaster can be found here.
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