Up for sale, a 1959 Fender Jazzmaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original tweed hardshell case and hangtag. From our personal collection here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Jazzmaster has been lovingly and consistently played for decades, produced early in the '59 model year and boasting its original nitro lacquer Sunburst finish, slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard, and original anodized gold nine-hole pickguard. Lightweight for a Jazzmaster at only 7lbs 12oz, this guitar is simply one of the most comfortable, resonant, and rock-solid reliable gigworthy Jazzmasters we've ever had in the shop.
There's a very warm and detailed tonal quality to this guitar via the original black bobbin pickup pair, translating the extremely vital, immediate and dynamic acoustic tone with a percussive, clear response, evenly balanced across all strings. The neck pickup reads a robust 8.56k ohms, while the bridge pickup compliments it well and measures an equally hot 8.45k. Wound to the furthest edges of the wide/flat black fiber bobbins, the richness and low end content of these pickups rivals any Fender single coil, while still delivering thoaty cut and sparkle with the best. Whether you desire the sinewy snap of early surf recordings or the seminal attack of your favorite Elvis Costello or Sonic Youth records, it's hard to beat a real Pre-CBS Jazzmaster, hailing from the model's first full year of production. Every setting on this guitar is distinct, including the richer textures of the oft disregarded Rhythm Circuit, and here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar (where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments), we've dialed in this Jazzmaster with low action and 11-50 nickel strings.
The maple neck has a classic 1959 profile carve with slight shoulders and a very fast-feeling C shape at the nut, gaining appreciably more heft as you travel up the neck, with very rolled fretboard edges. The nitro gloss on the profile has been naturally worn down to the smooth, bare maple, and the profile measures .790" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard is very dark and extremely tight-grained, retaining the original 7 1/4" fretboard radius. Professionally refretted with 6230 fretwire, the new slender frets match vintage spec with perfectly rounded crowns. The nut measures 1.660" in width (just shy of 1 11/16"). On the headstock, the original Kluson Deluxe single line tuners are intact, turning smoothly and holding pitch reliably, even with heavy vibrato use. The original "Fender Jazzmaster" waterslide decal is intact too. As with the vast majority of Fenders made in 1959, there is no date stamp on the neck heel, and the original chrome-plated four-bolt neck plate is present.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, and the wiring harness is untouched save for a new Volume pot. The Tone pot in the Lead Circuit was manufactured by CTS and dates to the 6th week of '59. Both original paper-in-oil tone capacitors are present, and the Rhythm Circuit pots are stock as well. The original 4/59 grease pencil date is present in the bridge pickup cavity beneath the shielding plate. The body routes are untouched and original, and all of the stock shielding tubs are present.
The original bridge with deep bridge thimbles and patent pending vibrato tailpiece are intact, and the vibrato works with an elegance that you simply can't get with any Fender reissue. This vibrato allows for very exact and delicate warbles and dives, fluttering and bending with ease, and jumping back to the correct pitch in a way that few other vibrato units can manage. The guitar is currently setup with a Mastery M1 bridge, and the original bridge and bridge cover are both included. The original anodized gold pickguard is in excellent shape, with one tiny missing corner on the bass side of the neck pocket. All of the original plastics are intact as well including the pickup covers, knobs, and amber switch tip.
The original three-tone Sunburst nitro lacquer finish has a broad central red ring, and the guitar shows heavy honest playwear across the back and along the body edges. There is also one very tight repaired split in the alder on the lower bout body edge, completely sealed and flush with an extremely thin line of black touchup wrapping the body edge.
The original tweed "knucklebuster" hardshell case is included. The tweed is deeply ambered and the brown leather ends over the tweed are intact. The case retains its original metal feet, metal handle framework, and two of original functional latches, with the central latch located below the handle. The guitar comes with an era-correct circa 1959 Jazzmaster hangtag too, unserialized and purchased in recent years to complement the instrument.