2020 Waterslide Jazzmaster-style Electric Guitar

I remember when Waterslide was just getting its legs going as a brand with Coodercasters and the like and I'm impressed by the output I see now. This guitar can certainly play ball with any of the fancy boutique F-style electrics I've played -- and it's a beaut while doing it. It's pretty hard not to like the look tortoise like that slathered over an antiqued nitro turqoise metallic finish, no?

Spiffy appointments abound -- it has a perfectly-functioning Descendant whammy (this unit is smooth and feels like a well-loved old unit), a set of Mojo "Dual Foil" humbucker pickups, simple controls (volume, tone, and 3-way), and two switches that allow single/humbucking operation for either pickup. Everything works as it should, is fit precisely, cut precisely, and done tastefully. I mean -- radio knobs with dial backings? Heck yes.

It's hard to overestimate how good it feels to play a JM-style guitar with a good-quality, well-thought-out whammy, by the way. The general Fender US and Japans units are perfectly good stuff, but when you have access to a Mastery or Descendant unit like this guy, it puts that extra 10% of performance into the spotlight. If you use it all the time, it's definitely nice to have. 

The neck on this is roasted maple and it has a retro, '60s cut to it that feels right at home. I'm very glad to see a retro (10") radius on the board, too, and a traditional 1 5/8" nut width. These inclusions, again, make it feel like the many old Fender necks I'm used to.

To recap: it's a tastefully-made guitar, unapologetic in its medium "relic" finish checking on the body, not too heavy (for a Jazzmaster, that is), has gorgeous-sounding pickups that have kept players entertained long enough for their spouses to rouse them out of the store, and has a high build quality with all of the high-end parts you'd like to see in a regular gigging machine. It's built to play.

Repairs included: a setup.


Body wood: unsure, probably alder?

Bridge: StayTrem Mustang-style

Fretboard: rosewood

Neck wood: maple, roasted

Pickups: 2x Mojo Dual Foil humbuckers


Action height at 12th fret: 1/16" overall (fast)
String gauges: 46w-10 lights or similar

Neck shape: slim-medium C

Board radius: 10"

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium modern


Scale length: 25 1/2"

Nut width: 1 5/8"

Body width: 13 1/2"

Body depth: 1 5/8"

Weight: 7 lbs 13 oz


Condition notes: it's been played a little bit but is basically new-ish, with clean frets and everything good to go. The body has weather-check/finish crackle and little nicks and dings here and there throughout but that's how it was when it was new, so I mention just for clarity, heh heh. 


It comes with: an excellent G&G hard case.




















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