Fender Japan Jazzmaster JM66-85 Surf Green 1998
Fender Jazzmaster, surf green, crafted in Japan 1997-00. No-one wants Jazzmasters these days, especially in these rad 60s custom colours like surf green... just kidding, this one is sure to be hot property! These CIJ era offsets are beautifully made and this is no exception, it feels awesome in the hands. The neck is slim and a comfy round sixties style profile, it's in superb shape for the age and features some beautiful grain in the maple and a lux dark choc rosewood board. The body is perfectly weighted and sprightly in response, it's a real pleasure to play. The tone is lots of fun too: heaps of snap and definition in the top end, partnered with a fat and thumpy low end and a talkative, open midrange. Jazzys always get along well with buckets of ambient effects and saturated gains, so stack it with pedals and blast off into a new universe. Now, let’s talk about the finish. In the late 90s, this model came in sunburst, white or candy apple red. This factory surf green example looks gorgeous, it’s faded and mellowed to an absolutely stunning hue and looks completely and utterly dope. It would have been made as a part of a limited run of non-catalog examples, often ordered for a particular store from the factory. As such, examples like this are significantly less common than a run of the mill sunburst JM66, so while the premium finish attracts a few extra dollars on the used market a couple of decades later, it’s surely worth every dime. The future is green!
Model: Fender Jazzmaster (JM66-85)
Made: Japan, 1997-00, Dyna plant (serial O067585)
Finish: surf green (SGR), 3-ply mint guard
Neck: maple with rosewood board, 25.5" scale, 7.25" radius
Pickup: Fender Japan JM-Single x2
Case: basic non original gig bag
Cosmetic condition notes: mild finish wear. Headstock has a minor dimple on the end, no major marks. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, no major marks. The back has no major marks, just a few dimples and scuffs around the body. The sides are pretty clean, just a couple of minor dimples in the elbow area and on the bottom horn. The front is pretty clean too, just a few dimples around the tailpiece and some play wear on the guard and horn. Overall: excellent condition (9/10)
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. Frets have some minor wear; no major issues there; 7/10 for life left. Wearing fresh 11/49 Moonshiners strings.