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1996 Fender JM-Champ Jazzmaster Mini Guitar Candy Apple Red w/ Built-In Speaker, Japan CIJ


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Up for sale, a 1996 Fender JM-Champ "Jazzmaster" from the Mini Guitar series in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hangtag and Fender-branded gigbag. Made in Japan exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, this early seldom-seen mini Jazzmaster features a Candy Apple Red gloss finish. Sporting a diminutive basswood body, maple neck, and slab rosewood fretboard, the guitar actually has a full 24” scale length. Loaded with the stock humbucker, the JM-Champ can operate via the built-in speaker or standard 1/4“ output jack. The three-way mini toggle for the speaker selects between Off, On, and Distortion, offering a nice clean response in the On position with plenty of sparkle, while the Distortion mode unleashes unruly high gain saturation. Featherweight at 6lbs 9oz, this JM-Champ has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and low action.

The one-piece maple neck has a chunky C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .875” deep at the 1st fret and .925” at the 12th. The thick, dark slab rosewood fretboard features a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius and pristine stock slender frets. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the straight neck with an optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 24”, and the nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. The headstock features Gotoh tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Crafted in Japan" script text and N-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.

On the body, the stock electronics work as they should, with Volume and Tone controls for the single humbucker. The chrome plating on the bridge has plenty of shine, and the Strat-style vibrato engages easily, complete with its original arm. Cosmetic wear is limited to just a couple tiny nicks on the body as a whole. The neck profile is pristine with a smooth satin finish.

The original hangtag and manual is included, along with the padded Fender-branded gigbag.