When Fender introduced the Jazzmaster , it was designed to replace the Stratocaster as the top model. ... The Jazzmaster was the first of Fender's guitars with a rosewood fretboard – which later was offered for the other models, too.
 First introduced at the 1958 NAMM Show, it was initially marketed to jazz guitarists, but found favor among surf rock guitarists in the early 1960.

The Jazzmaster remained in the Fender lineup well after the surf wave crested in the mid-1960s. The early 1970s, however, saw the growing popularity of humbucking pickups (an act that even Fender got into with its Thinline, Custom and Deluxe Telecaster models of that era), and the Jazzmaster seemed to fade almost entirely from view. 
Artists on both sides of the Atlantic who eschewed the prevailing reign of lumbering pentatonic arena rock, such as Television’s Tom Verlaine in New York and angular U.K. songsmith Elvis
Costello, resurrected the Jazzmaster and bestowed a subversive cool on the guitar.
The Jazzmaster’s underground popularity had continued unabated all along, and the guitar’s late-’70s punk/new wave cred was rapidly segueing into 1980s-1990s alternative/indie cred. In the late-eighties and early and mid-nineties, the Jazzmaster was a prominent instrument of the massive grunge/indie explosion and could be seen in the hands of scene luminaries such as Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., the Cure and My Bloody Valentine. And it continues to be a mainstay of rock musicians including Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Nels Cline of Wilco, Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo, Win Butler of Arcade Fire and Jonny Buckland of Coldplay.


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