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Author: Santiago Motto

Aka. Sandel. Telecasters and all-mahogany Martins lover.

Besides that, Sandel is a professional writer, guitar player, confessed guitar nerd, and all-things-guitar consumer. He has been playing for 25 years which makes him a nineties kid with serious low-tuning youngster years, and a pop palate for melodies, ballads, and world music.

Whenever Santiago is not pouring all that experience and love for the instrument into articles, you can find him playing live shows supporting his music and poetry books as “Sandel”. If he’s not doing either of those, you can also find him gigging with his band, “San Juan”, writing, reading, or enjoying the Sun.

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When it first debuted in 1954, the Stratocaster redefined music history as the definitive guitar for Fender

Nevertheless, by 1958, Fender released the most luxurious instrument in the young company’s history: the Jazzmaster, designed to outdo all previous models.

But what happens when you play Stratocaster vs. Jazzmaster decades later?

I embarked on that journey and played several versions of these guitars back-to-back in various musical scenarios. Then, I wrote this piece about every difference between Jazzmaster and Stratocaster.

Let me tell you that what you’re about to read might surprise you. I found many more differences and similarities than I expected. And you know what? I wrote it in detail to share it with you.

Are you ready to solve the question that has been in the minds of guitarists for decades? Well, buckle up because we’re about to get started!

Stratocaster And Jazzmaster: Head-to-Head Comparison

Fender guitar comparisons usually force us to zoom in to find the differences. In this case, comparing the Fender Stratocaster and the Fender Jazzmaster, what we found are more similarities than differences, to be honest.

Let’s dive right into it!

Summary (if you’re in a hurry!)

The main difference between a Stratocaster and a Jazzmaster is how the guitar feels. 

The Jazzmaster feels like a larger, bulkier, bassier instrument. It sounds, weighs, and looks bigger.

image showing   Fender Custom Shop '59 250K Jazzmaster Journeyman Relic Electric Guitar finished in Chocolate 3-color Sunburst
Fender Custom Shop ’59 250K Jazzmaster Journeyman Relic Electric Guitar – Chocolate 3-color Sunburst

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The Stratocaster is more versatile, smaller, and usually lighter than the Jazzmaster.

image showing Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton Signature Journeyman Relic Stratocaster finished in 2-Color Sunburst
Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton Signature Journeyman Relic Stratocaster – 2-Color Sunburst
  • Both guitars debuted in the ’50s and carry the undeniable Fender DNA. This applies to the high-end, tone woods, and especially the necks.
  • The Stratocaster, with its 5-way pickup selector and 3 single-coil pickups, can produce various sounds. Furthermore, in positions 2, 3, and 4, it sounds like no other Fender guitar. Finally, the tremolo system only lowers the pitch and is not as soft and smooth as the Jazzmaster’s.
  • The Jazzmaster offers a more complex circuitry. Besides the innovative dual-circuit wiring, it features overwound single-coil pickups in a similar-to-Gibson layout. Also, the floating tremolo system and tune-o-matic-style bridge feel and look very different from a Stratocaster.

Key Differences Between Stratocaster and Jazzmaster

  • Body, weight, and shape.
  • Tremolo system.
  • Bridge.
  • Pickup configuration.
  • Controls and electronics.

When Should You Choose A Stratocaster Guitar?

The Fender Strat is one of those do-it-all guitars. You can find it in the hands of those who play:

  • Blues.
  • Funk. 
  • Rock. 
  • Metal. 
  • And much more. 

The Stratocaster is your new guitar if you want:

  • Versatility.
  • Endless customization options. 
  • A broad palette of sonic colors.

On the other hand, if you want a guitar: 

  • Specifically for high-gain sounds .
  • With ample low end.
  • Oriented for scooped, bassy, or low-mid tones.

You will probably find the Stratocaster too bright and thin.

When Should You Choose A Jazzmaster Guitar?

The Jazzmaster is a guitar with a personality and stellar stage presence.

  • You get the best of Fender’s sonic definition and chimey top-end while adding some low-mid growl to the signal. 
  • You get edge and transparency with lots of bite from overwound single coil pickups.

If you want a guitar that can give you the Fender tone with more low-end and gain, the Jazzmaster is your guitar.

On the contrary, you’re aiming at a Strat or a Tele if you want a do-it-all guitar that can fit every style or are searching for an ax that can do the typical twang and glass-like tones.

Design and Aesthetics

You don’t have to be a player to realize that the Stratocaster and Jazzmaster have quite different guitar bodies. But do you know why they are different and do you know what that difference means for the player?

In the chronology of electric guitar history, these guitars are only four years apart. Therefore, it’s safe to say that Fender went further down the same double-cutaway road. The adventurous, space age design and the comfy contours that started with the Stratocaster are exacerbated on the Jazzmaster.

In terms of dimensions, the scale length for both guitars is identical, 25 ½”. On the other hand, the Jazzmaster’s body is bigger than the Strat, so there is a difference in weight.

What Does This Mean for the Player?

The contours make both guitars very comfortable to play for hours. Moreover, Leo Fender designed these guitars to have perfect balance, whether you are standing on the stage or sitting down.

Perhaps, for those of us who aren’t as tall, the dimensions of a Stratocaster are a bit more comfortable. Yet, that difference is minimal, too. However, there is one prominent drawback to each design:

  • The volume pot on the Stratocaster is excellent for swells, but it is difficult not to hit it. It’s just too close to the pickups.
  • The Jazzmaster’s circuit toggle switch is at a spot that’s also very hard to avoid.

Apart from that, I wouldn’t say that design and aesthetics are a deal maker or a deal breaker between these guitars. That is not taking into account personal taste, of course.

Playability and Neck Profile

The first ’50s Stratocasters didn’t offer a rosewood fingerboard as an option. Every Fender guitar sported an all-maple neck until 1958. In 1959, Fender began adding a thick slab of Brazilian rosewood on top of the Strat’s maple neck. These guitars are known as “Slab Board Stratocaster.”

Guitar of the Day: 1960 Fender Stratocaster Slab Board 2 Tone Sunburst

Jazzmasters went the same direction; you can get the same slab board treatment with them. The big difference is that Jazzmasters didn’t initially come with a maple fretboard. This is far from a coincidence; it’s a tone pursuit by Fender. He wanted a high-end, jazz-ready guitar to broaden his market share and steal customers from his arch-enemy, Gibson Guitars.

1962 Fender Jazzmaster – Guitar of the Day

If you compare both guitars with rosewood fingerboards, the feeling of playing both necks is very similar. Except for the early Stratocasters with U-shaped and V-shaped necks, these guitars share the C-shape or D-shape neck profiles.

Finally, the Jazzmaster comes with fancier lettering, but the headstocks are basically the same.

Neck shapeC, D, U, and V-ShapesC and D-Shapes
Neck materialMapleMaple
Scale length25.5″25.5″
Fretboard radiusAvailable in 7.25″, 9.5″, and compound radius (10 to 14″)Available in 7.25″ and 9.5″ radius
Fingerboard materialAvailable in maple, rosewood, ebony, pau ferro, and laurelAvailable in maple, rosewood, ebony, pau ferro, and laurel
Number of fretsAvailable with 21, 22, and 24 fretsAvailable with 21 and 22 frets

Which Is Easier to Play, Stratocaster or Jazzmaster?

The big difference neck-wise between these guitars is that you have more options to choose from when it comes to Stratocasters. Indeed, you can choose vintage-style U-shaped and V-shaped necks. 

These last ones are favorites of players like Eric Johnson and Eric Clapton.

The Jazzmaster neck is almost identical; you have to narrow down the options to rounder, more modern (and for many, more comfortable) C-shape or D-shape necks.

So, if you like the feel of thicker, older necks, you’ll love Stratocasters better. If you love a C or a D-shaped neck, then you will be comfortable with both guitars.

Pickups & Controls

This is the department where things start going in different directions between the Stratocaster and the Jazzmaster. Let’s divide this section into three parts: 

  • Pickups 
  • Controls. 
  • Hardware.


The Stratocaster is originally a 3-pickup guitar. At the time, this was an outrageous innovation. Nowadays, that in-between combination of pickups is still the reason many people choose the Stratocaster as the go-to guitar.

The Jazzmaster, on the other hand, is traditionally a 2-pickup guitar. These are not regular Fender-style single-coil pickups. On the contrary, they are overwound single-coils with the size and looks of P-90s. We know them as “soapbar” pickups because that’s what they look like.


The 5-way pickup selector on the Stratocaster means a broader sound palette. This is especially important for those who love positions 2 and 4 for funk, blues, and neo-soul.

The Stratocaster also features three knobs: two tone pots and a master volume. On older Stratocasters, one tone control was for the neck pickup, and the second was for the middle pickup. There was no tone control for the bridge pickup.

However, this didn’t make much sense since the bridge pickup requires a tone control more than the other two to attenuate sharpness. So, modern Stratocasters are wired differently to include tone control for the bridge pickup.

image showing Wiring schematic for Fender Stratocaster traditional 3 single coil, 2 tone, 1 volume configuration
Wiring schematic for Fender Stratocaster traditional 3 single coil, 2 tone, 1 volume configuration

The tone control below the volume pot controls the tone of the neck and middle pickups. The second tone control adjusts the bridge pickup only.

Also, the middle pickup or position 3 has gotten more attention from Stratocaster players lately. This is, in my opinion, a Stratocaster’s best-kept secret.

Besides its one-of-a-kind pickups, the Jazzmaster is a dual-circuit guitar. This was innovative at the time as well.

The wiring works in such a way that you can choose between the rhythm and lead circuits.

The rhythm circuit isn’t just a way of choosing the neck pickup. The circuit routes the signal through a different set of controls:

  • A 1-meg volume pot.
  • A 50-kilo-ohm tone pot.
  • A .02μf capacitor.

These controls work by attenuating the guitar’s treble (for us players, the “Fender” tone of the Jazzmaster). Therefore, the resulting sound is jazz-ready.

The bottom part of the circuit has master volume and tone pots and a 3-way selector, similar to the circuitry on a Les Paul or SG.


We also have to discuss hardware differences in our Strat vs Jazzmaster comparison. The main one in this department is the vibrato system and bridge.

On one hand, the Stratocaster tremolo system might be the most widely used and copied worldwide. You’ve probably seen countless guitars sporting this tremolo system with dual pivots or six springs. It works great on most guitars and allows players to adjust intonation per string individually.

image showing Fender Stratocaster Hardware, showing infamous Stratocaster tremolo
Fender Stratocaster Hardware, showing infamous Stratocaster tremolo

That might come to you as a given, but it was a significant difference at the time.

Also, players like Jeff Beck pushed the boundaries, and Fender came up with the LSR Roller Nut and the locking tuners. You can find these features on guitars in the Ultra, Ultra Luxe series, and Jeff’s Signature ax.

On the other hand, the Jazzmaster has a bridge that works as the intonation step and a floating tremolo system behind it. This gives players two advantages:

  • You can play the strings behind the bridge to get a new sound.
  • The tremolo arm is floating, so it works in both directions (with a handy lock). 

This makes it the most comfortable, smooth-operating, usable tremolo system in the market, in my opinion.

image showing Fender Jazzmaster hardware, showing unique Jazzmaster tremolo unit
Fender Jazzmaster hardware, showing unique Jazzmaster tremolo unit

Sound Comparison

It’s time to address the elephant in the room: Stratocaster vs. Jazzmaster tone.

We’ve reviewed your options on each guitar to change the tone. But how does this work from a player’s perspective when you compare the Jazzmaster vs. Stratocaster sound?

Let’s get right to it!

Stratocaster Sounds

The Stratocaster sound is part of our DNA. We’ve heard it many times; we already know how it sounds clean, overdriven, distorted, and everything in between.

But why did players choose Stratocasters for the past seven decades?

Well, the three single-coil pickups allow for a multitude of tones. For example, few guitars can cut the mix like a maple-fretboard Stratocaster played with the bridge position. The in-between positions add the perfect mid-range dose to a treble-oriented sound. If you’re a fan of Chic, Cory Wong, or any other funk player, you can hear position 4 all over their records.

Finally, the middle pickup and its combination with the neck pickup are a trademark for blues lovers. Yes, from SRV to Hendrix to Eric Gales and Eric Clapton, the Stratocaster is a certified blues instrument.

Believe me, I have gotten all these sounds from all my Strats. Furthermore, when I get called for a blues, funk, or soul session, I know I need my Strat to be ready to play those tones.

In general, the pickup configuration and the bright sound from the Stratocaster give you blues and rock-approved dirt or glass-like clean tones for funk and soul.

Jazzmaster Sounds

The Jazzmaster, however, is perfect for adding some low-end to the sound. The Jazzmaster is a bigger guitar tone-wise when compared with the Stratocaster. For example, I often record heavy riffs with my Jazzmaster and double them with the Stratocaster to get the best of both worlds.

The warm tone you get from the Jazzmaster is perfect for doing quick octaves, mellow lines, arpeggios, and chords. Furthermore, if you’re the only guitarist in your band, a Jazzmaster will occupy more space sonically than the Stratocaster. However, you must watch out for your bass player’s territory!

Finally, the rhythm circuit of the Jazzmaster gives you instant Wes Montgomery-approved tones. I have used it many times as a kill switch, too. If you lower the volume of the rhythm circuit and play with the circuit selector, you can go from full-on blasting distortion to silence.

Which Is More Versatile?

In my opinion, the Stratocaster is a more versatile guitar because it can deliver a broader palette of tones. The Jazzmaster, however, is a much more particular guitar that can add warmth and uniqueness to any song.

Comparing the Jazzmaster and the Stratocaster

Price Range and Available Variants

We’ve been through Stratocaster vs. Jazzmaster specs. But what about the build quality from the different available variants in the market?

We will discuss every line Fender offers and a few notable options from other brands.

Fender offers 13 Stratocaster series, and Squier offers 9 more. In the case of the Jazzmaster, Fender offers 9 series and Squier 7 more.

Below are the price ranges across these models:

Stratocaster USA-MEXPricesJazzmaster USA-MEXPrices
American Performer (2)$1,399.99American Performer (1)$1,499.99
American Professional II (3)$1,699.99American Professional II (2)$1,799.99
American Ultra (5)$2,199.99 to $2,699.99American Ultra (1)$2,249.99
American Vintage II (5)$2,199.99American Vintage II (1)$2,499.99
Artist (31)$1,349.99 to $2,999.99Artist (3)$1,649.99 to $2,049.99
Player (10)$879.99 to $1,049.99Player (1)$879.99
Vintera® (4)$1,099.99Vintera® (2)$1,299.99
Vintera® II (3)$1,149.99Vintera® II (1)$1,249.99

As you can see in the table above, when comparing guitars in the same tier, Jazzmasters tend to be pricier than Strats. On the other hand, if you check the numbers between brackets, you can see there are many more options to choose from when you pick Strats than when you pick Jazzmasters.

These are the affordable Squier options for these guitar shapes:

Squier StratocasterPricesSquier JazzmasterPrices
Classic Vibe (5)$429.99Classic Vibe (1)$429.99
40th Anniversary (2)$499.9940th Anniversary (2)$499.99
Affinity Series® (4)$249.99Affinity Series® (1)$279.99
Contemporary (3)$449.99Contemporary (1)$469.99
Mini (2)$189.99Mini (1)$189.99
Paranormal (4)$429.99Paranormal (2)$449.99
Squier Sonic™ (7)$199.99Artist (1)$499.99
Bullet® (1)$199.99– 
Packs (2)$269.99

As you can clearly see, within the Squier line, the slight differences in prices always favor the Stratocaster. For example, the Affinity Series Stratocaster is $249.99, and the Jazzmaster in the same series costs $279.99.

My Favorite Stratocaster Models


Contemporary Stratocaster HH

image showing Squier Contemporary Stratocaster HH FR finished in Shell Pink Pearl
Squier Contemporary Stratocaster HH FR – Shell Pink Pearl

With a shell pink body, black hardware, maple neck, and dual humbuckers, this guitar is truly a shredding machine, reviving the best ’80s spirit. Plus, the roasted maple, sculpted heel, and Fender Atomic humbucker pickups are more than what’s indicated by the price tag.

Limited Edition Paranormal Strat-o-Sonic

image showing Squier Paranormal Strat-O-Sonic Electric Guitar finished in Crimson Red Transparent
Squier Paranormal Strat-O-Sonic Electric Guitar – Crimson Red Transparent

With an okoume body, a 24 ¾” scale, and a pair of powerful P-90 pickups, this is the offspring of Fender and Gibson’s best. Moreover, the 3-way selector combines with push/pull controls so you can play this guitar’s pickups in series, parallel, and in and out of phase. Stratocaster flexibility and Gibson’s raw power in a single guitar. Oh, and it looks great too.


EOB Sustainer Stratocaster

image showing Fender EOB Ed O'Brien Stratocaster finished in Olympic White
Fender EOB Ed O’Brien Stratocaster – Olympic White

Besides being a massive Radiohead fan, I love the Fernandes Sustainer system. It allows you to sustain a note infinitely. Besides that, this guitar sports a Seymour Duncan JB Jr. humbucker in the bridge position, a Texas Special as the middle pickup, and a maple neck and fretboard. That’s an odd combination that can grant you a super wide palette of tones.

Player Stratocaster HSS Plus Top

image showing Fender Player Stratocaster Plus Top in Tobacco Sunburst with Pau Ferro Fingerboard
Fender Player Stratocaster Plus Top – Tobacco Sunburst with Pau Ferro Fingerboard

This guitar features a flame maple top over an alder body, an Alnico II humbucker, and dual single-coil pickups. This combination and the pau ferro fingerboard give you enough sweetness and edge to cut through the mix. Switching to the humbucker is always like stepping on the boost for solos. A great-looking, versatile guitar at a great price.

American Vintage II 1961 Stratocaster

Let me say that I’m a massive John Frusciante fan. Therefore, a Sixties Sunburst or Fiesta Red Stratocaster will always fit my bill. Without spending Custom Shop money, this guitar is the closest you can get to that edgy, dirty, funky, broken sound we love so much.

American Ultra Stratocaster HSS

image showing Fender American Ultra Stratocaster HSS finished in Cobra Blue with Rosewood Fingerboard
Fender American Ultra Stratocaster HSS – Cobra Blue with Rosewood Fingerboard

The American Ultra series by Fender is always interesting because it represents the modernization of this classic. I choose to have a humbucker in the bridge position for that extra oomph we rockers need. But beyond that, this guitar plays, performs, and sounds excellent. Moreover, it stays in tune better than most Strats.

My Favorite Jazzmaster Models


40th Anniversary Jazzmaster, Gold Edition

image showing Squier 40th Anniversary Vintage Edition Jazzmaster
Good luck. These sold out so quickly. I’ve looked, this is it. I can’t believe, at 49 years old, that I would see the day when Squier would appreciate instantly. They have got that much better in my time as a guitarist!
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Gorgeous is the first word that comes to mind when explaining this guitar’s aesthetics. Yes, Squier just turned 40, and this guitar was made to celebrate that date. The block inlays, anodized aluminum gold pickguard, gold hardware, and Alnico V pickups make this a great-sounding and superb-looking instrument for the price tag.

Contemporary Active Jazzmaster

image showing Squier Contemporary Active Jazzmaster HH Electric Guitar finished in Sunset Metallic
Squier Contemporary Active Jazzmaster HH Electric Guitar – Sunset Metallic

This guitar is a modern riff machine with a couple of active pickups, black hardware, roasted maple, a sculpted heel, and a strat tremolo. But that’s not all because the 12” radius lets you shred the night away. Plus, the shell pink pearl color is era-correct, to say the least.


Vintera ’60s Jazzmaster

image showing Fender Vintera '60s Jazzmaster Modified finished in Surf Green
Fender Vintera ’60s Jazzmaster Modified – Surf Green

With an alder body, matching headstock, era-correct pickups, and a truly vintage feel, this guitar is an excellent Jazzmaster version at a price most budgets can afford. Plus, it comes with a cool gig bag to carry it around.

Jim Root Jazzmaster V4

image showing Fender Jim Root Jazzmaster finished in Polar White
Fender Jim Root Jazzmaster – Polar White

A string-through-body hardtail bridge on a mahogany body is an excellent combination for sustain. The added snap of an ebony fingerboard and active EMG pickups make this guitar a one-of-a-kind riffing machine. Plus, I think it looks cool in Polara White.

American Ultra Jazzmaster

image showing Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster finished in Mocha Burst with Rosewood Fingerboard
Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster – Mocha Burst with Rosewood Fingerboard

Okay, the circuit on this guitar is too complicated for this tiny snippet. But this guitar is the most versatile Jazzmaster in the market right now (here’s a complete control explanation). But besides that, the satin finish on the neck, compound radius, locking tuners, brass saddles, noiseless pickups, and sculpted heel body joint make this a fantastic guitar.

American Vintage II 1966 Jazzmaster

image showing Fender American Vintage II 1966 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar finished in Dakota Red
Fender American Vintage II 1966 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar – Dakota Red

Who can resist the vintage looks of this guitar? Those block inlays are just too pretty with the matching headstock. Beyond aesthetics, though, if you love the vintage tones of the true Jazzmaster, this guitar excels at them. Plus, you get that tone on a trouble-free guitar for years.


We’ve ended this Stratocaster vs. Jazzmaster showdown, and there are a couple of things to say before we wrap it up.

  • These guitars carry that “Fender sound” and spank in their DNA. You can expect the same percussiveness and comfort that made Fender the brand it is today.
  • The Stratocaster is more versatile because it can fit the bill in more genres. For example, you could easily play blues, funk, hip hop, neo-soul, rock, metal, and thrash with a Stratocaster.
  • The Jazzmaster occupies more sonic space; it’s a bigger instrument in every sense of the word. Thus, it can’t do that percussive, highly-compressed, glass-like Chic tone but can add lows, warmth, and midrange to anything.
  • The Stratocaster is, perhaps, the do-it-all guitar. Perfect for the touring and session player who needs to cover more styles with a single tool.
  • The Jazzmaster is a more uniquely-voiced instrument with a heavy low end, uncanny aesthetics, and a lovely palette of usable sounds.

In other words, these guitars don’t overlap and make two great additions to your collection. So, try some of my favorites, and let me know if you agree with me in the comments below.

Don’t blame me if you walk through the door with two cases!

Life’s too short to play a generic, lifeless instrument. Paint the best version of you with your favorite guitar in your hands.


When was the Stratocaster Invented?

The Stratocaster was first released in 1954.

When was the Jazzmaster Invented?

The Jazzmaster was released in 1958.

Which Is Better for Beginners, Stratocaster or Jazzmaster?

The Stratocaster is more versatile and covers more sonic ground. That could be a plus for beginners trying to find their path in music.

Is The Jazzmaster Only Good for Jazz?

Although that was Leo Fender’s intention, the Jazzmaster became first a surf music icon and then an indie and grunge music icon. Nowadays, it is used in a wide variety of musical styles, including jazz.

Which Is Better for Rock, the Jazzmaster or the Stratocaster?

The bottom end of the Jazzmaster’s huge tone might be perfect for rock-friendly sounds. On the other hand, many rock icons have risen to fame, wielding a Stratocaster (I’m looking at you, Jimi Hendrix!).

Which Is More Versatile, the Stratocaster or the Jazzmaster?

The 5-way switch and three single-coil pickups make the Stratocaster a more versatile guitar than the Jazzmaster.

What Famous Musicians Played a Stratocaster?

  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Eric Clapton
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Jeff Beck
  • Ritchie Blackmore
  • David Gilmour
  • George Harrison
  • Mark Knopfler

What Famous Musicians Used a Jazzmaster?

  • Elvis Costello
  • Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth)
  • J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.)
  • Jonny Buckland (Coldplay)
  • Win Butler (Arcade Fire)
  • Robert Smith (The Cure)
  • Adrian Utley (Portishead)
  • Thom Yorke (Radiohead)

Santiago Motto

Aka. Sandel. Pure Telecasters and all-mahogany Martins lover. Besides that, Sandel is a professional writer, guitar player, confessed guitar nerd, and all-things-guitar consumer. He has been playing for 25 years which makes him a nineties kid with serious low-tuning youngster years, and a pop palate for melodies, ballads, and world music. You can connect with Santiago on LinkedIn or just email him.
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