The guitar, which arrived last month, is the third iteration of the Acoustasonic platform. Models in the range use a unique ‘Acoustic Engine’, which was co-designed between Fender and Fishman. The system offers ten different voices on tap: four simulate specific styles of acoustic guitar, while others make use of the new Tim Shaw-designed humbucker in the American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster’s bridge position. A blend knob selects and can blend between the various voices.
When it was introduced, Billy Martinez, Fender’s vice president for its acoustic and Squier divisions, said: “The culmination of five years of design, building, and refining the form factor and technology of this guitar has been a proud journey. The Jazzmaster was made iconic by inventive musicians looking for a guitar that could deliver unique sounds.”
The track Impossible Germany is taken from Wilco’s sixth record, Sky Blue Sky. The album arrived in 2007, and the song Impossible Germany, in particular, drew praise from critics. In his review of the album, Rob Sheffield opened with the sentence: “Have Wilco ever come up with a better song than Impossible Germany?” WXPN also named Impossible Germany as its top song of 2007.
The performance Tweedy uses it for is a lot more subdued than the one on the record, without the twin-guitar-solo ending.
You can see him perform the song in Fender’s video below.