In pictures: Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster unboxed

10th Jun 2014 | 11:22

In pictures: Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster unboxed
Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster

We’re huge fans of Queens Of The Stone Age and A Perfect Circle guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, so we were thrilled to see him awarded his own signature Jazzmaster at NAMM this year.

Now, we’ve finally got our hands on Troy’s ’master, and boy, is it a beauty – we simply couldn’t resist showing you its offset charms in our unboxing shots.

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In pictures: Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster unboxed
Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster

Mmm mmm! Check out the way the Oxblood finish sparkles in the light; it’s hard to capture on camera, but it’s gorgeous up close

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In pictures: Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster unboxed
Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster

The TVL Jazzmaster comes fitted with two American Vintage ’65 Jazzmaster single coils for period-correct Jazz tones

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In pictures: Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster unboxed
Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster

One of Troy’s changes is to replace the rhythm/lead slider with a heavy-duty toggle switch –turn the rhythm circuit’s volume off and it doubles as a kill switch

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In pictures: Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster unboxed
Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster

The three-way pickup selector returns, as do the classy ‘witch hat’ control knobs, set against a four-ply red tortoiseshell pickguard

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In pictures: Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster unboxed
Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster

Another Troy tweak™ is to switch the Jazzmaster bridge out for the more secure Mustang version, which accompanies the floating vibrato for shoegaze-worthy glides

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In pictures: Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster unboxed
Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster

The Oxblood finish continues on the headstock – nice

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In pictures: Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster unboxed
Fender Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster

Troy’s only distinguishing mark can be found on the back of the headstock, where his signature resides

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