Up for sale, a 1960 Fender Jazzmaster in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtag. A very early example of the Jazzmaster model, this guitar features a January, 1960 body date and pots that date back to 1958-59. Also featuring a very rare, highly figured birdseye maple neck, this original Pre-CBS Jazzmaster delivers sparkle, twang, and incredible dynamic range while also being particularly lightweight for a Jazzmaster at only 7lbs 15oz.
Extremely lively, resonant, and full-sounding acoustically, the tonewoods comprise an alder body, maple neck, and thick slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard. The black bobbin pickups are well-balanced and powerful, with the clarity and cut of your favorite Fender single coil, yet providing a warmth and nuance that's unique to the Jazzmaster pickup design, with the original pickup windings extending all the way to the very edge of the bobbins. 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. Professionally setup and dialed in to perfection here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, where we specialize in Offset Fender guitars, this Jazzmaster features 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with lightly rolled fretboard edges in every register and appreciably more roundness and heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .795" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The thick slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a dark, tight-grained cut, sporting clay dot inlay and original slender fretwire. The frets have been leveled and crowned in the guitar's lifetime, currently showing no wear. The fretboard has a 7 1/4" radius, and the nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, the original Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines are intact with notably clean plating. The nitro lacquer on the headstock face retains the pristine original Jazzmaster waterslide decal. The neck heel is undated, as per spec for 1959 and into the earliest examples from '60.
The electronics function flawlessly with Stackpole pots that date between the 19th week of '58 (Volume) and the 47th week of '59 (Tone). The Rhythm Circuit has one replacement pot, with the original included in the case. Both pickups have extremely clean black bobbins, original windings, and clean white pickup covers. The grease pencil body date from 1/60 is present beneath the bridge pickup brass shielding plate. The original Pat. Pending vibrato tailpiece works exceptionally well in concert with the stock bridge, responding to the lightest touch for quick flutters, surfy warbles and deep dives, jumping back to the original pitch with ease and complete with the original arm. The hardware has gleaming chrome plating, save for some surface patina on the original bridge cover, and the serialized neck plate has the serial stamped on the lower edge, a cosmetic quirk unique to 1960. The nitrate tortoise pickguard has the lighter shading and yellow swirls seen on the earliest examples, and the amber switch tip and knobs with lightly greened text round out the original plastics.
The Sunburst nitro lacquer gloss finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray and is a textbook example of what's colloquially known as the "2.5 Burst," featuring just a hint of red and an appearance closer to a stately two-tone Sunburst. Cosmetic wear includes faint lacquer checking across the body, buckle rash on the treble-side lower bout on the back, and various small finish chips and spots of wear through the gloss on the body perimeter. The nitro lacquer gloss on the neck profile is extremely clean, showing just a touch of palm wear through the gloss behind frets 1-4. The gloss highlights very uncommon birdseye figuring in the maple that extends liberally along the neck profile and headstock.
The original hangtag is included, along with two vintage Fender string packs. The original brown tolex "knucklebuster" hardshell case is equally as clean as the guitar with well-kept brown leather ends, original handle, and functional latches. The central latch is unique for its location beneath the handle, a quickly changed "feature" that dates the case to 1959-60 and earns its knucklebuster name.