Up for sale, a 1962 Fender Jazzmaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a vintage black tolex hardshell case. Very original and professionally serviced to play and present at its best, this guitar features an uncommon solid ash body with a transparent Blonde nitro lacquer finish and tasteful relic courtesy of Danocaster.
Benefiting from the midrange complexity and sonic authority of ash as a tonewood, this Jazzmaster has a full-sounding natural acoustic sound that translates faithfully through the original black bobbin pickup pair. These coils have 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. Weighing 7lbs 13oz, this Pre-CBS era Fender Jazzmaster has been professionally setup and dialed in to perfection here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with appreciable shoulder and overall heft as you travel up the fingerboard, filling out to a hearty handful from the 9th fret and beyond, measuring .755" deep at the 1st fret and .955" at the 12th. The extremely dark Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains its 7 1/4" radius, freshly refretted courtesy of Danocaster with 6105-size fretwire. This particular fretwire size has vintage width, yet appreciably more height and crown for effortless bending in every register and long fret life. The rosewood itself shows notable grooves in the wood from decades of play, primarily along the treble side of the fretboard from frets 1-9, along with some wear through the clay dot inlay as well. The guitar plays easily in every register up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. A new nut measures 1 5/8" in width.
On the headstock, the original Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines are intact and turn smoothly. The neck profile and headstock have also been refinished in a thin smooth nitro lacquer by Danocaster, and the waterslide decal is a modern replacement. There is a small, professionally repaired split extending from the High E tuner post, with a few tiny doweled holes along the top headstock edge. A small strip of metal was added here in the past to stabilize the repair, now unnecessary and cleanly removed. The neck heel retains its bold October, 1962 date stamp, and the truss rod nut is flush with the heel, necessitating sparingly little adjustment in the last 60 years.
The electronics function flawlessly with the original pair of black bobbin pickups wired to a modern harness with CTS pots, cloth-covered leads and premium tone caps. Hardware includes the original vibrato tailpiece which 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 target pitch with ease and complete with the original arm. The hardware has clean chrome plating, save for some surface patina on the saddles, and the serialized neck plate is present. The nitrate tortoise pickguard is a deep red with yellow swirls, showing some shrinkage and fractionally exposing the edges of the aluminum shielding plate beneath the guard. Uniformly yellowed original pickup covers, knobs, and switch tip round out the plastics.
The Blonde nitro lacquer finish was recently applied by Danocaster, and Dan included a piece of tape signing his work in the vibrato route. The transparent finish highlights the broad, dynamic grain of the ash body, and Danocaster's light relic on the body matches the patina and aging on the hardware and plastics. The neck has a flawless, smooth finish, worn to the bare maple as part of Danocaster's relic process along the profile length.
A vintage black tolex circa-1964 "no logo" Fender hardshell case with orange plush interior is included. The case retains its trio of functional latches, with some of the black leather still intact over the metal handle frame, and black leather ends that show only modest wear.