Fender Japan Traditional 60s Jazzmaster Wide-Range = JazzBlaster
All black JazzBlaster announced by Fender Japan
This latest Fender Japan Traditional 60s Jazzmaster Wide-Range CuNiFe or JazzBlaster is one hot offset guitar. Following in the heals of the Three Tone Sunburst limited run announced in October 2021, this model will surely be a hit with fans of offsets. This time we get an all-black model with a matching painted headstock.
Traditional 60s Jazzmaster Wide-Range = JazzBlaster
The new Fender Japan Traditional 60s Jazzmaster HH Limited Run Wide-Range CuNiFe features an almost identical feature set to the previous limited edition run from last year. Just now it is being offered in an all-black finish with a matching headstock, which has always been a popular finish with offset guitar enthusiasts. That matching headstock is something you don’t see that often on a ’60s-style model like this one, and back in the 1960s, it would have been a custom order.
This model like the previous run from 2021 also features a basswood body. This time though it comes in a Gloss Black finish and matching headstock. The 21 vintage frets are fitted to a rosewood fretboard which has ’60s block inlay with binding on the neck and you get a U-shaped maple neck.
The highlight for this particular model though has to be the two Wide-Range CuNiFe humbucking pickups. These scream Lee Ranaldo and JazzBlaster. Named after the custom model he made famous whilst playing with Sonic Youth. Therefore, I can see this limited run being a super hot offset model, with a lot of players clamouring to acquire on with these pickups. Plus, you have that sweet matching headstock and ’60s custom colour choice as well.
Here in the UK, the 3TSB model from last year is retailing for around £1549 and so I would expect this all-black version to come in at similar money. That is if you can find one. The price in Yen includes a hard case.
MSRP – ¥ 198,000
- All black J'60s style azzmaster: Fender
- Matching headstock: Fender
Dang, I get so jealous of the Japan-only Fenders. Seems like dig offsets more than we do here?
Probably, because Japan has more diverse tastes in guitar-orientated/based music. I think the USA market tends to get reissues of old guitars, relics and signature models. Fender knows their markets for each continent. Japan loves something different and they don’t appear to be as ‘relic’ obsessed as a lot of the US market. Just my thoughts on the subject, based on US-based forum chatter, etc