Up for sale, a 2023 Fender Traditional Late 60s Jazzmaster in like-new condition and in perfect working order. New for Fender Japan's Traditional line, the Late 60s Jazzmaster model has a feature set consistent with the 1966 model year, including pearloid blocks and binding on the rosewood fretboard, witch hat knobs, and a custom color Ice Blue Metallic finish with matching headstock and vintage-correct "transitional" Fender logo. This model is not otherwise available to the USA market and was sourced direct from Tokyo, complete with the original Fender-branded gigbag and hangtags.
A reinvention of Fender Japan's Jazzmaster platform, the new Traditional 60s model features redesigned vintage-style pickups, as well as USA-made CTS pots, Switchcraft switches, and USA Fender plastic parts. The instrument has plenty of sparkle and percussive cut on tap, with a range of powerful and defined tones from the two single coil pickups. And engaging the Rhythm Circuit on the guitar's lower body horn yields warmer, wooly sounds. Weighing 7lbs 5oz, the guitar has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments, featuring low action, spot-on intonation, and 11-49 strings (string gauge can be set to buyer's preference prior to shipment).
The maple neck has a fuller profile carve than earlier Fender Japan Jazzmasters, with generous shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, offering a medium-depth U shape at the nut and just a hair more heft in the higher registers, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and .895" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid block inlay, a modern 9 1/2" radius, and slender vintage-style fretwire. The scale length is 25 1/2", and the carved bone nut measures 1 5/8" in width. The headstock sports a vintage-spec "transitional" Jazzmaster logo, with Kluson-style tuning machines.
All of the electronics function flawlessly, the chrome hardware shines like new, and the plastic parts comprise the witch hat knobs and deep red tortoise pickguard. The vibrato unit works smoothly and engages easily for quick warbles and surfy dives, working in concert with the vintage-style bridge. The custom color Ice Blue Metallic gloss finish tops off the '60s look (a new finish for Fender Japan's 2023 Traditional collection). This instrument is ostensibly new, procured directly from Tokyo and dialed in beyond the factory setup to play its best.
This Traditional Late 60s Jazzmaster is complete with the original hangtags and Fender-branded gigbag.
***We are dealers for the Mastery M2 bridge, Mastery Offset Vibrato and Lollar pickups, any or all of which can be installed prior to shipment for an additional charge***