Whitstable Guitars

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

2016 Fender Japan Exclusive Classic 60's Jazzmaster & New Hard Case



Fender Jaguars and Jazzmasters have become more popular over recent years with "offset" body guitars being used by various Surf and Indie bands. 

This 2016 Jazzmaster is from the "Exclusive Classic" range  produced by Fender Japan around 5 years ago. When available, they sold in the UK for well over £1000.00 with a gig bag. I can't find any available at present in the UK of this model & in this finish. All used guitars seem to be priced at around £1000,00. 

Overall condition of this guitar is excellent with just a few light scratches & playing marks. I also noted that the original film covering is still on the pickguard . No noticeable scratches or dents in the body or neck & everything is original other than an an aftermarket "Buzz Stop Bar" which has been fitted but can easily be removed.  A real beauty!

Here is some history from the web relating to the Jazzmaster..

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 favour 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.


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'[1] with tremolo lock, and a uniquely designed bridge 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.

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.

Fender Japan Traditional '60s Jazzmaster Specifications


Body Material: Alder

Body Finish: Polyester

Body Shape: Jazzmaster

Finish: Black

Weight: 3.745kg


Neck Material: Maple

Neck Finish: Polyester

Neck Shape: "U" Shape

Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)

Fingerboard Material: Rosewood

Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" (184.1 mm)

Number of Frets: 21

Fret Size: Vintage Style

Nut Material: Bone

Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)

Position Inlays White Dots


Bridge pickup: Single-Coil Jazzmaster

Neck pickup: Single-Coil Jazzmaster

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

Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup; 2-Position Slide: Up: Rhythm Tone Circuit, Down: Lead Tone Circuit

Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Adjustable with “Floating” Tremolo Tailpiece plus aftermarket "Buzz Stop Bar" 


Hardware Finish: Chrome

Tuning Machines: Chrome Die-Cast

Control Knobs: Vintage White

Neck Plate: 4-Bolt

Please see the photo gallery for a diagram with a full explanation of all of the switches & controls

Comes with Thomann Black Hard Case

Hard Case

As with all my guitars, a hard case is included in the sale. The new generic case supplied with this guitar is quite a tight fit but I supply hard cases in the main to protect my guitars from shipping damage which this does extremely well. There are specific cases made by Fender & Gator for the Jaguar & Jazzmaster but these are around £100-£150. I will leave it to the next owner if he wants to upgrade.
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

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.

Or, you can buy easily and safely using the PayPal "buy now" button. Don't forget to select the right option using the drop down menu on price, i.e. Collection, UK shipping or EU shipping. If in doubt, please email me first as Highlands & Islands can sometimes be a little dearer for shipping