Fender Custom Shop 1966 Jazzmaster Journeyman Relic Candy Tangerine - Truetone Color Set
Truetone Color Set - Candy Tangerine
Ever since the Jazzmaster debuted at the end of the 1950's, it has evolved, even in the earliest days. The Jazzmaster has continued to change over the years, but for many, stepping back to how it was done in the 60's is the way to go. The Fender Custom Shop excels at recreating the look, feel and sound of these guitars, often with special tweaks. That's where we decided to go with this one.
As part of a close partnership with the Fender Custom Shop, Truetone Music cooked up an exclusive run of guitars, known as "Truetone Color Sets". It's where we do a quartet of instruments - Strat, Tele, Jazzmaster and Jazz bass - all in the same color, as a matching set. For the colors, we picked unique ones that are rarely ever seen. In this case, it's a Candy Tangerine, one of the coolest and most vibrant colors that the Custom Shop offers.
The two-piece alder body sports the iconic offset curves designed for guitarists who usually played seated, and also wears a Journeyman Relic lacquer finish, giving it the look and feel of a guitar that’s survived over five decades of playing. We had the Custom Shop "go light" on it....the result is more like a Closet Classic, which is exactly what we wanted. There's subtle aging, perfectly done finish checking, and just a few dings. It has the appearance of a vintage Jazzmaster that was played over the years, but very well taken care of.
This '66 Jazzmaster is a testament to the Fender Custom Shop's ability to pull off vintage recreations with modern playability. It has a two-piece select alder body that is lightweight, a rock solid roasted maple neck with a '65 C neck shape, dark rosewood fretboard, and all of the correct vintage hardware. We went with a 9.5" radius and Narrow Tall (6105) frets for easy playing and bending - this is one of the most common and popular modifications to vintage-styled guitars out of the Custom Shop. For the pickups, we kept it real, going with the base model Custom Shop Jazzmaster pickup set. These recreate the sound of a classic 60's Jazzmaster, using Alnico 5 magnets and a vintage stagger, with strong output and a nice, even response across the tonal spectrum. Tied together with ultra-flexible, vintage-style Jazzmaster wiring—including the famous “lead/rhythm” circuit, complete with thumbwheel controls—the vintage styled Jazzmaster single-coil pickups sound mellow and fat; the model’s calling card. But don't be mistaken, this guitar can definitely rock, as plenty of players have shown with Jazzmasters.
One thing that really stands out are the Mother of Pearl block inlays on the fretboard - just like you'd expect on a Jazzmaster from 1966. Another key feature is the RSD J-Bridge. It provides better stability, with brass saddles for extra warmth. Most players would agree that this bridge that the Custom Shop developed is a remarkable improvement over the old school Jazzmaster bridge. We love it so much that we put it on almost every Custom Shop Jazzmaster we do.
- Serial # R118765
- Weight: 8.0 lbs
- Part # 9231014525
- Finish Package: Journeyman Relic
- Finish: Nitro Lacquer
- Color: Candy Tangerine
- Pickguard: 3-ply Parchment
- Neck Pickup: Vintage Jazzmaster
- Bridge Pickup: Vintage Jazzmaster
- Body: 2 Piece Select Alder
- Neck: Roasted Maple
- Tint: Medium
- Fretboard: Round Lam AAA Rosewood
- Dots: Mother of Pearl Block Inlays
- Neck Shape: 65 "C"
- Frets: 21
- Fretwire: 6105
- Radius: 9.5"
- Neck Nut Width: 1.650"
- Neck Thickness at 1st Fret: .820"
- Neck Thickness at 12th Fret: .974"
- Neck Butt Width: 2.200"
- Bone Nut
- Hardware: Chrome
- Tuners: Vintage
- Bridge: RSD Jazzmaster
- Neck plate: Vintage
- Case: Custom Shop Brown