The guitar is a minimalistic and unsurprisingly aggressive take on the Jazzmaster idea, with two Jim Root signature EMG active humbuckers. Unlike many active humbuckers, such as those found in Jim Root’s signature Stratocaster or Telecaster, these are open-coil, with a zebra design. The pickups are governed by a simple arrangement of a single black volume knob and a 3-way blade selector switch.
The guitar’s mahogany body comes in satin white, contrasted against the black hardtail string-through bridge, pickup surrounds and locking tuners. The C-shaped maple neck boasts an ebony fretboard and jumbo frets, with large, pearloid block inlays and Luminlay fluorescent side dots. The fretboard also features a flat 12” radius, allowing for bigger bends without choking out.
Jim Root said in a statement about the guitar’s release: “The Jazzmaster V4 is kind of like an evolution. It is so well balanced and feels so good to play on stage. It is all I want to play right now. It’s all about attitude—taking [a guitar] and making it your own. So much attitude can come from a vibe or a feeling or a notion – that vibe with this instrument is what got me to love guitars.”
Fender’s Justin Norvell added: “A new decade brings a new opportunity to collaborate with Jim Root and work closely with him to materialize yet another of his artistic visions. From the new active EMG pickups to the all-new cosmetic treatment, this model, like its predecessors, offers a very different kind of playing experience for Jim Root fans, Slipknot fans, metal and rock fans who want a guitar spec’d for their playing style but with Fender looks.”
Watch Jim Root talk about the guitar below:
The Jim Root Jazzmaster V4 lists for £1,139. For more information, see fender.com.