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Fender Japan Scandal

Fender Japan Scandal  ·  Source: Instagram/Fender

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Scandal has announced with Fender Japan three new signature models including a Stratocaster, Telecaster and Jazz Bass. These signature models for Mami Sasazaki, Haruna Ono and Tomomi Ogawa have just been announced this week. Marking 5 years since the first signature model for the band. 

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Scandal

Scandal signed an endorsement agreement with Fender and they were the first Japanese female artists in 2017. Mami Sasazaki and Haruna Ono both have a new signature six-strings, with a Strat and a Tele, whilst Tomomi Ogawa gets a sweet-looking new Jazz Bass model. These three signature models are exclusive to Japan and so you may find it hard to buy them outside of the country.

Fender Japan Scandal

Fender Japan Scandal · Source: Fender

Mami Sasazaki Stratocaster

The new Mami Sasazaki Strat comes in a Vintage White finish over an alder body with a matching headstock. Then you get a 22-fret rosewood fretboard with a compound radius, moving from 9.5” to 14”.  It is fitted onto a compound Modern C to D profile maple neck.

Mami Sasazaki Stratocaster

Mami Sasazaki Stratocaster · Source: Fender

Etched

Fitted with twin Mami Custom humbuckers that have a Sasazaki-designed geometric logo etched into them. These are wired with master volume and tone controls and a three-way selector switch. Key features include a two-point Gotoh 510T-FE1 tremolo, a set of Fender Deluxe tuners and a contoured neck heel.

MSRP – YEN 187,000

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Haruna Ono Telecaster

Next up, is the new Artic White Tele for Haruna Ono and again this model has a matching headstock. This model also features ornate pearl binding which adds a classy, subtle touch to the styling. This time you have a mahogany body that is paired with a C-shape maple neck and white Pearloid block inlays. The neck has 22 frets, a 7.25” radius, a 25.5” scale length and a bone nut.

Haruna Ono Telecaster

Haruna Ono Telecaster · Source: Fender

Shawbucker

Loaded with a pair of Shawbucker humbuckers that are wired to two volume and two tone controls. Add in the Adjust-o-Matic bridge and tailpiece which gives this model more than a whiff of Les Paul styling and character.

MSRP – YEN 187,000

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Tomomi Jazz Bass

Finally, there is the Ogawa Tomomi Jazz Bass which comes in a luscious Clear Fiesta finish, paired with a mint green pickguard, and a set of cream pickup covers for a retro ’60s look. The alder body is paired with a maple neck that has a Slim C profile similar to the American Professional II. The neck itself has 20 medium jumbo frets, a 34” scale length with a 9.5” radius, a 5-bolt neck plate and a bone nut.

Tomomi Jazz Bass

Tomomi Jazz Bass · Source: Fender

Stacked

Other nods to the vintage ’60s styling are the stacked volume and tone pots that control a pair of Pure Vintage ‘64 Jazz Bass single coils. It is a great-looking Jazz Bass. Just a pity it is exclusive to the Japanese market.

MSRP – YEN 187,000

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4 responses to “Fender Japan Scandal Stratocaster, Telecaster and Jazz Bass”

    SA says:
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    All look like winners to me. Wish more of the Fender Japan models were available in the US.

    Rob says:
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    2022-2017 does not equal 15 years. It equals 5 years. Hands up, who at Fender can’t count ?

    (Jef, it’s always useful to proof read press releases before merely copying and pasting them!)

    Jockey says:
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    It’s very disappointing that their guitar playing video’s didn’t actually correspond with the accompanying video music.

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