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Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster completes Fender's trip into a Parallel Universe

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Instead of an alder body, the Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster rocks a mahogany core flanked by chambered ash wings
Instead of an alder body, the Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster rocks a mahogany core flanked by chambered ash wings
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Instead of an alder body, the Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster rocks a mahogany core flanked by chambered ash wings
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Instead of an alder body, the Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster rocks a mahogany core flanked by chambered ash wings
The Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster is the last of the Parallel Universe II series guitars
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The Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster is the last of the Parallel Universe II series guitars
A five-way blade switch selects the Seymour Duncan mini-humbucker tones
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A five-way blade switch selects the Seymour Duncan mini-humbucker tones
The Parallel Universe II Troublemaker Tele Deluxe Bigsby
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The Parallel Universe II Troublemaker Tele Deluxe Bigsby
The Parallel Universe II Jazz Strat
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The Parallel Universe II Jazz Strat
The Parallel Universe II Tele Mágico
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The Parallel Universe II Tele Mágico
An oddity in the 1960s, and an oddity now: the Parallel Universe II Maverick Dorado
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An oddity in the 1960s, and an oddity now: the Parallel Universe II Maverick Dorado
The Parallel Universe II Strat Jazz
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The Parallel Universe II Strat Jazz
The Parallel Universe II Tele Troublemaker Deluxe
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The Parallel Universe II Tele Troublemaker Deluxe
The Parallel Universe II Uptown Strat
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The Parallel Universe II Uptown Strat
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With the release of the "Spark-O-Matic" Jazzmaster, Fender has completed its Parallel Universe II instrument line up, an eight model range of limited edition electric guitars that combine elements of different Fender icons to create some interesting oddities.

The first Parallel Universe series landed in 2018, and included mashups of a Jaguar and Stratocaster, a Telecaster bass and a striking offset oddball called the Meteora – which looked at once novel and familiar, boasting a brand new body shape for the company, but also recalling elements of the Jazzmaster and Telecaster.

Fender launched the second series at the Winter NAMM 2020 trade show, starting with the Jazz Strat that fused a Stratocaster body with the neck, vibrato and pickups of a Jazzmaster. The true oddball of the pack came next, with a reworking of the Custom first released in the 1960s. Made from left-over parts, it didn't sell particularly well, but the original Fender misfit was reborn mid-2020 as the Maverick Dorado.

A humbucking Uptown Strat was followed by the appearance of a couple of troublemakers, a cowboy-class Tele and another Strat/Jazzmaster hybrid before the series finale – the Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster.

A five-way blade switch selects the Seymour Duncan mini-humbucker tones
A five-way blade switch selects the Seymour Duncan mini-humbucker tones

Described by Fender as a "high-performance, no-nonsense rock ‘n’ roll machine with unlimited range," this latest release features a custom three-piece Jazzmaster body with a mahogany core and chambered ash wings, three chrome-covered Seymour Duncan mini-humbucker pickups for a choice of single-coil or humbucker tones, an American Professional Jazzmaster bridge, and a "Deep C" maple neck with a 9.5-inch radius that's topped by a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard.

The Spark-O-Matic is available now for US$1,999.99, the video below has more.

Exploring the Parallel Universe Vol II Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster | Parallel Universe | Fender

Product page: Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster

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