(SOLD) Fender Japan Jazzmaster JM66-70 Candy Apple Red 1987
Fender Jazzmaster, made in Japan 1987-8, candy apple red. This is really something quite special. The Jazzmaster first appeared in the Fender Japan catalog in 1986, but given the grunge thing hadn't yet hit, they made very few of them. There was no USA-made production model at the time either, so if you want an 80s Jazzmaster, well... these are the only option, if you can find one. Luckily, it rules. The neck is magical... check out the grain of the maple on the headstock and neck, it's really quite something. The wood selection and build quality on offer on these first few years of MIJ models is obscenely good. The finish is in pretty great shape; it has the cool slightly uneven fading that comes with 30+ years of play, but it's really quite nicely preserved all around. The tone is pure: heaps of ping and sparkle, thick growly mids, rhythmic plonky attack... all the JM goodness, but with a certain open airiness that comes only with age. This is an exceptional guitar in every way, it absolutely oozes majesty.
Model: Fender Jazzmaster JM66-70
Made: Japan, 1987-8, Fujigen plant
Finish: candy apple red, gloss poly
Body: sen ash
Neck: maple, rosewood fretboard, 25.5" scale, 7.25" radius, vintage C shape
Mods: buzz-stop bar installed, knobs replaced
Pickups: Fender Japan JM-Single single coil x2
Accessories: basic DCM hard case, no trem arm
Cosmetic condition notes: the headstock has minor dimples on the end and bottom edge. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor rub wear on the back only. The back has dimples on the top horn and near the jack, as well as some dents and scuffs in the middle of the body and some dimples in the elbow area. The sides have dimples near the jack. The front has a couple of scratches and dimples in the elbow area and back edge, as well as some play wear on the guard and horns.
Overall: very good condition (7.5/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Wearing fresh 11/49 Moonshiners strings.
Fret life: 7/10, minor wear only