Me, too.This appeals to me...
The solution is Keef's solution. You need a Broadcaster/Champ spec bridge pickupMe, too.
I had an Am Spec when they first came out. It was routed for a humbucker so I put a Duncan '59 in the neck position. But it never really worked out. I tried changing the orientation, the phase, etc. but I could never get a decent in-phase sounding center position. If Fender has sorted that out, this could be worth a look/listen.
certainly would be nice to have it for less but the current pricing doesn't really surprise me. what are we paying for new MIM models on average?Now on L&M. A bit pricier than I thought.
Fender Musical Instruments - American Performer Jazzmaster, Rosewood Fingerboard - 3 Tone Sunburst
Previously I would have bought the Special (almost did actually) over the MIM or MIA Standard models to get the 3 saddle bridge and vintage appointments. Now the Pro has a proper bridge and killer neck and I see no personal need for this new model to existI think thats the point