Up for sale, a 1959 Fender Jazzmaster in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original tweed "knucklebuster" hardshell case. An extremely early example with a 2/59 neck date and CTS pots that span late 1958 to early '59, this Jazzmaster was previously owned by Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ed King, with signed provenance from Carter Vintage.
There's a woody and detailed tonal quality to this guitar via the original black bobbin pickup pair, translating the extremely vital and dynamic acoustic tone, evenly balanced across all strings. 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 percussive attack of your favorite Elvis Costello or Sonic Youth records, it's hard to beat a "Gold Guard" Jazzmaster from the first full year of production. Every pickup setting on this guitar is distinct, and even the darker tones of the Rhythm Circuit, with its wooly warmth, have great clarity and high treble sheen. The guitar is lightweight for a Jazzmaster at 7lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar where we specialize in Fender Offset instruments with low action and 11-49 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 lightly rolled fretboard edges. The profile measures .790" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard is jet black and extremely tight-grained, retaining the original slender frets which have been leveled and crowned in the guitar's lifetime, showing no wear. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 25 1/2" scale, with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.670" in width (just fractionally shy of 1 11/16"). On the headstock, the original Kluson Deluxe single line tuners are intact and notably clean, turning smoothly and holding pitch reliably. The original "Fender Jazzmaster" waterslide decal is near-mint, and on the heel, the 2-59 grease pencil date is intact.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, and the CTS pots in the Lead Circuit date to the 50th week of 1958 and the 6th week of 1959. Both pickups retain their original windings, metering at 8.65k ohms in the bridge position and 8.45k at the neck. The Lead Circuit has a modern Sprague Orange drop capacitor (also noted on the included provenance from Carter Vintage), while the Rhythm Circuit retains its original paper-in-oil capacitor. The underside of the guard is signed by Esper, the Fender employee who wired the instrument in late '58. The body routes are untouched and original, and all of the stock shielding tubs are present.
The original bridge with deep thimbles and patent pending vibrato tailpiece are intact, and the vibrato is taut and highly responsive, complete with the original arm. The original gold pickguard is exceptionally well-preserved with the lacquer still present over the anodized aluminum. Original plastics include the pickup covers and knobs, and the cream switch tip (while vintage) is not stock.
The original three-tone Sunburst nitro lacquer finish has a broad central red ring, with tight lacquer checking across the body. There is buckle rash across the back, light edge wear through the finish on the treble-side lower bout edge, and various small dings and scuffs consistent with use. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with light palm wear behind frets 3-5
The original tweed "knucklebuster" hardshell case is included, with the central latch that sits beneath the handle. The case features a trio of functional latches, brown leather ends and the original handle.