|A sexy Jazzmaster. Mmmmm...|
These wide-range single coil pick-ups are unique to the Jazzmaster, and sound absolutely amazing. Being single coil and coupled with 1 meg pots, the sonic detail and clarity of these pick-ups are second to none. Sure, it may look like I'm simply advertising this guitar, but I seriously do love it. One great thing about the pick-ups are the positions available for selection. You have your standard Rhythm and Treble, but only on the Jazzmaster the middle selection uses both pick-ups in parallel, cancelling the hum and using both pick-ups like a humbucker. The resulting tone you get is extremely fat, yet clear. The pick-up selectors above the rhythm (neck) pick-up totally gives the guitar a darker tone, as it switches to pots with a lower resistance.
In my opinion, the Jazzmaster through a Fender Tweed amp makes a perfect lead guitar, backed by a Gibson humbucking guitar as rhythm.
Finally, here's a cool video of PhilX demoing a Vintage Jazzmaster. Enjoy.