Up for sale, a 2015 Fender Japan Exclusive Classic ‘60s Jazzmaster in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag and hangtags. The missing link between Fender Japan's JM66s models and the current Traditional Series instruments, this Classic '60s iteration captures the finer points of a Jazzmaster. With specs essentially in-line with its JM66 predecessor, this short lived and long ago discontinued model is uncommon outside its country of origin.
Tonewoods include an alder body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, and the guitar offers a broad range of vintage-flavored tonalities. At 7lbs 15oz, the instrument has an authoritative, clear sound when strummed acoustically, qualities that are translated faithfully through the original single coil pair. There's plenty of twang and sparkle on tap, with a range of defined and powerful tones from the two alnico magnet pickups. Warmer, wooly sounds can be accessed via the Rhythm Circuit on the guitar's lower body horn too. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments, this Jazzmaster features fresh 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a chunky C-shaped profile carve (despite being described by Fender as “Slim”) with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .870” deep at the 1st fret and .925” at the 12th. The fretboard has a vintage spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the slender fretwire exhibits wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-9 that becomes progressively lighter as you approach the octave. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with gleaming chrome plating. The “Made in Japan” text and JD15-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics function flawlessly, and the chrome-plated hardware has plenty of shine. The vibrato unit engages smoothly, working in concert with the vintage-style bridge with spiral saddles. Plastics include the notably yellowed pickup covers and knobs, and the four-ply brown tortoise pickguard has some very light scuffing along the treble side of the strum path.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss Sunburst finish is limited to just a handful of minor nicks along the lower bout perimeter and on the back, plus a scant few faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The ambered gloss on the neck profile is immaculate.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included, along with the hangtags.
***We are dealers for the Mastery M2 bridge and OMV-P Offset Vibrato, and Lollar pickups, any or all of which can be installed or included prior to shipment for an additional charge***