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Dates of manufacture:
The FENDER VENTURES LIMITED EDITION JAZZMASTER was a limited edition Fender Japan model that was only available in 1996.
Pickups were two single coils: a Seymour Duncan SJM-1N in the neck position and a Seymour Duncan SJM-1B in the bridge position. Controls were a single volume and tone, with a 3-way pickup selector
The body was a double cut-away Jazzmaster shaped and made from light ash. Pickguard was three ply white pearloid. The maple neck had a satin finish and a 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with white pearloid block inlays and white binding. The 1960's Fender B neck profile was available as an option. Scale length was 25.5 inches.
Finish was black transparent (black burst) with a matching black sunburst. The original recommended retail price was around $1300.
The Ventures Bob Bogle recalled discussions with Fender about his Jazzmaster model:
"When asked for our input on the Jazzmaster, we presented Fender with some changes that we had always wished for. There had always been a pickup switch mounted up high on the body for which we never had any use, so we had that removed. They also obliged when we asked for the volume and tone controls to be mounted further away from the strings. the pickups were Seymour Duncans special JM units designed to produce the tones of the original Jazzmaster"
Fender announced these Japanese made limited edition Ventures models in their glossy Frontline magazine, distributed to dealers. US dealers could only stock the guitars in complete sets (Stratocaster, Jazzmaster and Jazz bass). Several Ventures fans bought the entire sets for around $4275.
The Ventures promoted the guitars at the January 1996 NAMM show in Los Angeles, playing at Fenders fiftieth anniversary concert.
Walk-Don't Run - The Story of the Ventures by Del Halterman