Whitstable Guitars

A selection of good quality, used guitars and specialising in imports from Japan since 2008

Fender Japan JM66-80 Jazzmaster 3TS

1997/2000 & New Hard Case



Here's a very nice example of the ever popular Fender Jazzmaster. Finished in 3 tone sunburst. The guitar has some great upgrades including a pair of USA Seymour Duncan SJM-2 pickups (bridge & neck) which cost around £130 for the pair & a brass nut

This guitar is in overall good condition but did come in with a severe bash on the underside which has since been repaired in the workshop & is now vastly improved. The guitar also had a few chips & bumps which have now also been repaired. Please check out the gallery. i have left one photo showing how the guitar was when it came in as it also had a rather dull finish

This guitar was made in Japan 1997/2000 and has been used although the frets, trussrod & neck are all excellent. The neck is good and the guitar is a great player. The shorter scale & offset body make these guitars very popular with "Surf" & "Indie" players alike.  It was hoped it would compete against Gibson but it never really sold as well as the Strat or the Tele (both cheaper!)

Here's some history & a good description of the Jazzmaster from the web:

Fender Jazzmaster

The Fender Jazzmaster is an electric guitar designed as a more expensive sibling to 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.

The 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, and a floating tremolo with tremolo lock, were other keys to the Jazzmaster'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 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. 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 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. The Jazzmaster has a mellower, jazzier tone than the Strat, 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 the 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 (50k vs 1000k 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.

Hard Case

As said many times, all my guitars come shipped in a new black hard case which is included in the price. I find this is the safest way to avoid damage in transit. Jaguars have a wider body than Strats and Teles and this is a tight fit in the hard case but it does offer it good protection in transit although not ideal in size. If you want a particular fitted case for the guitar, this will be more expensive although I am happy to research it. Just let me know. Alternatively, if you are collecting the guitar and, like some buyers have cases coming out of their ears, that's no problem, I'll adjust the price (usually around a £30 discount) and I can usually find you an old gigbag to take the guitar away in. The only hard and fast rule I have is that I won't ship a guitar in a gigbag

Fender Japan JM66-80 Jazzmaster 1997/2000 3TS


Colour: 3 Tone Sunburst

Body Shape: Jazzmaster

Body Material: Basswood

Weight: 3.81kg

Body Finish: Polyester

Neck Material: Maple

Neck Shape: Slim "C"

Scale Length: 25.5" (624 mm)

Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" (184.1 mm)

Number of Frets: 22

Fret Size: Vintage-Style

String Nut: Brass

Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)

Neck Plate: 4-Bolt

Neck Finish: Polyester

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Position Inlays: White Dot


Bridge Pickup: USA Seymour Duncan SJM-2B

Neck Pickup: USA Seymour Duncan SJM-2N

Controls: Lead Circuit Controls (Slide Switch Down): Volume (Neck), Volume (Bridge), Master Tone; Rhythm Circuit Controls (Slide Switch Up): Two Thumbwheel Controls for Neck Pickup Volume and Tone

Pickup Switching: 2-On/Off Slide Switches, One for Each Pickup

Pickup Configuration: SS


Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Adjustable with "Floating" Tremolo Tailpiece

Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style

Orientation: Right-Hand

Pickguard: 3-Ply White

Control Knobs: Vintage Style Black Plastic 

Thomann Black Hard Case

If you are further interested in this guitar, you can either email me with any queries & I'll do my best to get back to you within 24 hours.

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