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Fender Japan Modern Jazzmaster - A hot-rodded offset  ·  Source: Fender


The Fender Japan Modern Jazzmaster was an eye-catching model that was only available in Japan. Now the Modern Jazzmaster is available in a limited edition with a 3-Color Sunburst and a black-finished headstock.


Fender Japan Modern Jazzmaster

Launched last year as a Japan-only model, this modern take on the classic American offset guitar certainly turned heads. Now Fender is making it available as a limited 3-Color Sunburst run. The Modern Jazzmaster has a a three-piece alder body, with direct-mount 4th generation Fender noiseless humbuckers. It uses a Tune-o-matic bridge instead of a traditional Jazzmaster vibrato system. It also sports locking tuners.

Fender Japan Modern Jazzmaster

Fender Japan Modern Jazzmaster · Source: Fender

Modern Neck spec

Then there’s the neck: a thoroughly modern compound modern C-to-D neck shape. The rosewood fingerboard has a compound-radius and is loaded with 22 frets and a set of glow-in-the-dark side dots, There’s a contoured neck heel for better upper fret access. As there is no pickguard, it looks very different to a traditional Jazzmaster, but aesthetically I think it works. The stunning Sunburst finish frames the edge of the guitar nicely.

Fender Japan Modern Jazzmaster

Fender Japan Modern Jazzmaster rear · Source: Fender

Hot Stuff!

One too look out for in 2020? I reckon it could well be, but you may need to import one from Japan. Here in the UK, Japanese Fender models turn up quite frequently, but I know that isn’t always the case elsewhere in the world.

This design reminds me a little of the Jim Root signature model – and that guitar is a beast! I can see this model being popular among players looking for a modern offset design.

RRP – YEN 153000 (at the time of writing around EUR 1260)

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One response to “Fender Japan Modern Jazzmaster: A limited edition hot-rodded offset!”

    Janne says:

    “Noiseless humbuckers” I’d certainly hope so… Anyway, model looks great. Fender Japan is probably the best bang for your buck, imo.

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