Up for sale, a 1989 Fender Jazzmaster '62 vintage reissue electric guitar model JM66-65 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A very early example from the golden age of Fender Japan production, this "Made in Japan" Jazzmaster is particularly rare, crafted at the famed Fujigen factory. A textbook example of everything we love about the Jazzmaster, the instrument has plenty of twang and sparkle on tap, with a range of defined and powerful tones from the two single coil pickups, and warm, wooly sounds when switched to the Rhythm Circuit on the guitar's lower body horn. Weighing 7lbs 14oz, this Jazzmaster balances well on a strap and has a clear, cutting acoustic voice. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments, this Jazzmaster features fresh 11-49 strings, dialed in for low action and spot-on intonation.
The amber-tinted maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .895" at the 12th. The dark rosewood fretboard has dot inlay and the original slender vintage-style fretwire. The frets are in great shape, showing only light wear on the crowns beneath the plain strings on frets 1-7, playing cleanly in every register. The scale length is a full 25 1/2", the fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4" radius, and the nut measures 42mm (1.650") in width. The headstock sports a Pre-CBS style "Spaghetti" Jazzmaster logo, with Kluson-style tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The small "65" sticker on the back of the headstock is also partially intact, referencing the 65,000 yen price when this guitar was sold new in '89. The "Made in Japan" designation and H-prefix serial number are present at the heel just above the Fender-embossed four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics work as they should, and the wiring is stock. The vibrato unit works smoothly and engages easily for quick warbles and surfy dives, working in concert with the original bridge. The chrome hardware is in great shape, with some patina on the spiral saddles, and plastics comprise uniformly aged pickup covers and knobs and a deep red tortoise pickguard. The tortoise guard is also a unique lighter-colored swirling reddish material used on the earliest “Made in Japan” Jazzmasters.
The Olympic White gloss finish shows its fair share of honest playwear with various dings, scuffs and signs of use on the body as a whole, with some dings particularly clustered at the bass-side waist on top and buckle rash on the bass-side lower bout on the back. There are also two faint sticker tan lines on the back, and one long line of finish checking on the bass side on top. The neck profile retains its smooth ambred gloss, with just a couple shallow marks on the profile length.
A gigbag is included.
***We are dealers for the M2 Mastery bridge, OMV-P Offset Vibrato, and Lollar Jazzmaster pickups, any or all of which can be installed prior to shipment for an additional charge***