2002 Fender Jazz Master JM66-80
Crafted in Japan
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret: 0.82″
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret: 0.90″
Nut Width: 1.65″, Neck Radius: 7.25
(The JM66 is just a model number, not a designation for the year of reissue)
Comes in a Gig Bag
Professionally Setup for Optimal Tone and Playability.
The Fender Jazzmaster is an electric guitar designed as a more expensive sibling of the Fender Stratocaster. First introduced at the 1958 NAMM Show, it was initially marketed to jazz guitarists, but found favor among surf rock guitarists in the early 1960s. Its appearance is similar to the Jaguar, though it is tonally and physically different in many technical ways, including pickup design, scale length and controls. This beautiful and well preserved 62′ Jazzmaster Reissue that comes from the fine luthiers of Fender Japan, was crafted between 1999 and 2002. It is a work horse is ready to blow you away with stunning looks, vintage vibe and incredible tone/playability. It is in perfect playing condition with nice, smooth action and a straight neck. It has a comfortable medium C profile neck with a dark, rich rosewood fretboard that has dot inlays. The headstock features the iconic “Spaghetti” Jazzmaster logo with Kluson-style tuners.
This guitar is clean overall and only has a few scattered dings, scuffs and micro-scratches on the front and back and a tiny chip on the edge of the headstock. There is one chip of the finish on the back side of the body, that can be seen in the pics. It has cool vintage specs and has aged incredibly like a fine wine. All natural and developed the right way… with age and time.
The Jazzmaster’s contoured “offset-waist” body was designed for comfort while playing the guitar in a seated position, as many jazz and blues artists prefer to do. A full 25½” scale length, ‘lead’ and ‘rhythm’ circuit switching with independent volume and tone controls, a ‘floating tremolo’ with tremolo lock, and a uniquely designed bridge, unique indeed, were other keys to the guitar’s character. The tremolo lock can be manually activated to keep the entire guitar from going out of tune if one string breaks. The Jazzmaster also had an extra-long tremolo arm. The bridge and tremolo construction is very different from that of the Stratocaster, and gives the Jazzmaster a different resonance and generally less sustain. The bridge sits on two fulcrum points and moves back and forth with the tremolo motion. The functionality of the bridge is a topic that is widely discussed. Some consider the clipped sustain as part of the Jazzmaster sound, whereas others argue that the design is flawed. Aftermarket versions that provided more sustain and less buzz were created during the 2000s by companies such as Mastery, Staytrem and Halon.
The body is larger than that of other Fender guitars, requiring a more spacious guitar case. The Jazzmaster had unique wide, white ‘soapbar’ pickups that were unlike any other single coil guitar pickup. Jazzmaster pickups are often confused with Gibson’s P-90 pickups. Although they look similar, they are constructed differently. Whereas the polepieces of the Jazzmaster pickups are magnets, the P-90 has its magnets placed underneath the coil. The JM coil is wound flat and wide, even more so than that of the P-90. This is in contrast to Fender’s usual tall and thin coils. This ‘pancake winding’ gives them a warmer thicker tone without losing their single coil clarity. Additionally, due to the pickups being reverse-wound, the pickups provide a ‘hum cancelling’ effect in the middle pickup position. This position eliminates the typical 60-cycle mains hum that is inherent in most single-coil pickups. The Jazzmaster has a mellower, ‘jazzier’ tone than the Stratocaster, although it was not widely embraced by jazz musicians. Instead, rock guitarists adopted it for surf rock. The Ventures, The Surfaris, and The Fireballs were prominent Jazzmaster users.
One of the Jazzmaster’s notable features is the pickup circuit featuring unusual “roller” thumbwheel controls and slide switch at the upper neck end of the pickguard. The slide switch selects between two different pickup circuits, the “lead” and “rhythm” circuits. When the switch is in the lead position, the guitar’s tone is controlled by the conventional tone and volume knobs and the pickup selector switch. When it is in the rhythm position, it selects the neck pickup only with the brightness rolled off slightly due to different values of the potentiometers (50kΩ vs 1MΩ in the lead circuit), and the volume and tone are controlled by the two thumbwheels; the other controls are bypassed. The intention was that this circuit would allow the performer to quickly switch to a “preset” volume and tone setting for rhythm playing. The lead circuit pot values also stray from Fender’s usual spec. Up until the introduction of the Jazzmaster, Fender used 250kΩ pots on their guitars. The Jazzmaster’s lead circuit uses 1MΩ pots instead, contributing to its unique tonal characteristics. As a concession to its more conservative audience, the Jazzmaster was the first Fender guitar carrying a rosewood fingerboard instead of maple. The fingerboard had “clay dot” position inlays and was glued onto the maple neck.
Some early pre-production/prototype examples came with a one-piece maple neck, others with an ebony fingerboard and/or a black painted aluminum pickguard. Longtime Fender associate George Fullerton owned a 1957 Fiesta Red pre-production body coupled with an unusual and experimental fretboard manufactured in 1961 using vulcanised rubber – reportedly one of two ever made. Rosewood became a standard fretboard material on other Fender models around 1959. Due to the way these necks and fingerboards were assembled, the walnut ‘skunk stripe’ found on the back of Fender necks with maple fingerboards was absent. This was due to the truss rod being installed in the neck prior to the rosewood fingerboard being installed.
Period 1959–1980; 1984–present
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bolt-on
Scale 25.5 in (650 mm)
Bridge “Floating” proprietary Vibrato
Pickup(s) Two Jazzmaster pickups
It has just been professionally set up and dialed in for optimal tone and playability. It has spot on intonation, low action with no buzzing or dead spots and is an absolute joy to play. It has been deep cleaned and detailed. All guitars will arrive looking and playing great. The frets have been leveled / dressed / polished and the fingerboard was cleaned. (Unfinished Rosewood and Ebony boards get treated with Fret Doctor – a proprietary all natural oil that is the best on the market) It has brand new strings, the action was adjusted, the intonation is spot on and it plays excellent. All the electronics work flawlessly.
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* Neck is perfectly straight and the truss rod works with no issues
* Intonation is spot-on
* It has been professionally set up with nice low action & new American made strings.
* If needed, the frets will be dressed leveled & crowned
* All frets are polished prior to shipping when they are set up – They will shine like new!
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