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