Fender Japan has come up with yet another desirable guitar that’s only being produced for the domestic market. Although this Traditional 60s Jazzmaster Limited Run with Wide-Range CuNiFe humbuckers would make a lot of offset fans happy everywhere, it’s only available in Japan.
60s Jazzmaster Limited Run Wide-Range CuNiFe
I guarantee you that if Fender made this new Traditional 60s Jazzmaster Limited Run Wide-Range CuNiFe humbucking pickups available worldwide, that they would sell them by the proverbial bucketload.
FIrst, the fundamentals: this guitar has a Three-Tone Sunburst gloss finish over a basswood body, with a 9.5″ radius U-shaped maple neck and a nice ’60s style bound rosewood fretboard fitted with 21 vintage-style frets and pearl block inlays. Apart from using basswood instead of alder or ash, the specifications are fairly traditional for a ’60s Jazzmaster.
The real star of the show is the pair of Fender Wide-Range CuNiFe humbuckers that should give you a rich bell-like tone with plenty of character. These modern-day recreations are supposedly very close to the ’70s originals, themselves highly sought after and change hands for silly money on the used market.
A Traditional Offset?
Well, yes and no. Fender has included traditional elements like a 6-saddle vintage-style bridge with a floating tremolo tailpiece for example. Not only is the body made from basswood, you also forgo the Jazzmaster Rhythm Circuit. Instead, have the standard Volume, Tone and three-way toggle switch setup.
The price of ¥ 165,000 – including a hard case – translates to roughly £1050 or €1260. That’s pretty reasonable, as the pickups are not exactly cheap, costing £209 each. I would buy one of these guitars in a heartbeat if they were available outside Japan. Fender really needs to start offering decent models like this outside of the Japanese market. I believe that they are desirable and would certainly sell well.
Is it just me, or is this just a great-looking offset? Lee Ranaldo helped kickstart the whole offset movement with the Jazzblaster mod that used old ’70s Wide Range humbuckers. I could see this new guitar being very popular with Sonic Youth fans as well.
RRP – Yen 165,000 incl. hardshell case
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- Fender Traditional 60s Jazzmaster with Wide-Range CuNiFe Humbuckers: Fender
- Japan only?: Fender