Introduced in 1958 and intended as an upgraded replacement for the Stratocaster, the Fender Jazzmaster never really found favour with players at the time, but has become somewhat of a cult icon in the last 30 years, forming the sound of alternative music throughout the 80's, 90's and 00's. With Fenders current offset output appealing more to those looking for modern specs, people are turning more and more to vintage Japanese made options. This 1997 - 2000 Fender Japan JM66 Jazzmaster in 'Electric' Lake Placid Blue combines all the quality you would expect from a Japanese made instruments with the vintage appointments of Fender's golden era.
This Fender Jazzmaster is an early example of the 'Crafted in Japan' period. This guitar features one of the more unique finishes we have seen on Japanese made instruments, that we have dubbed 'Electric' Lake Placid Blue finish, with a far more vibrant Lake Placid Blue than is traditionally seen with Fender finishes. It is a stunning looking instrument without a doubt, and a rare example in this finish that gives the instrument a unique edge. The Maple neck sports a comfortable 60's style 'C' shape profile with vintage style 7.25" radius for a true vintage feel, while the Rosewood fingerboard is in good condition, with plenty of life left in the frets. The neck pocket is stamped with the code JM66. The pickups have all the definition and unique character you would expect from a Jazzmaster, and sound great when pushing a cranked amp. The traditional Jazzmaster vibrato unit is paired with an upgraded Mustang style bridge for greater stability. This Jazzmaster is finished off with Japanese made Kluson style tuners and a 60's style three ply white pick guard.
Condition / Originality:
This guitar is in excellent condition, with very few signs of cosmetic wear. All electronics and pickups are original and fully functional, and this guitar includes a Fender gig bag.