Up for sale, a 1962 Fender Jazzmaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with an era-correct hardshell case. Produced in the first quarter of 1962 and boasting a slab rosewood fretboard, this Jazzmaster features its original "double custom color" finish, with Fiesta Red over a basecoat of Dakota Red. Notably rare even for a Pre-CBS custom color Jazzmaster, the non-matching headstock and tortoise pickguard further differentiate this model from later examples.
Well-balanced on a strap and extremely acoustically lively at 8lbs 2oz, the tonewoods comprise an alder body, maple neck, and thick slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard. Recently brought back to stock with a pair of circa 1961 black bobbin Jazzmaster pickups, these coils have both just been professionally rewound to original spec using the proper materials, metering at 8k ohms in the neck position and 8.3k ohms at the bridge. These pickups have a bell-like sparkle and bounce in all three pickup positions, with a prevailing sweetness and percussiveness. The bridge pickup has notable body, with a chewy midrange cut, lively trebles and taut, focused wound strings. With both pickups selected, the tone balances heft and spank, and the neck pickup is particularly rich and full-sounding, with a subtle growl when digging in hard and even more mellow thickness with the Rhythm Circuit engaged. Professionally setup 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 round shoulders in every register and a gentle increase in overall heft and roundness further up the fretboard, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. The thick slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a dark, tight-grained cut with rolled edges that retains its original 7 1/4" radius, sporting clay dot inlay and recently refretted with flawless medium jumbo fretwire. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.665" in width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for enhanced note clarity and sustain. On the headstock, the original Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines turn smoothly with clean plating. The notably un-ambered nitro lacquer on the headstock face retains the original Jazzmaster waterslide decal. The neck heel has a 2-62 grease pencil date, and the truss rod nut is flush with the heel, necessitating sparingly little adjustment in the last 60+ years. The neck pocket is also fully painted, correct for early 1962, and the pocket has an original gray fiber shim.
The electronics function flawlessly, and the original wiring harness features Rhythm Circuit pots manufactured by Stackpole which date to the 50th week of 1961, while the Lead Circuit pots have been replaced with vintage-spec CTS components in the guitar's lifetime. Both pickups have extremely clean black bobbins, and both have been recently professionally rewound to original spec. Plastics include original pickup covers and knobs which are very well-kept with only faint yellowing, along with the original wide bevel tortoise pickguard which shows very little shrinkage, sitting notably flat with the kind of dynamic yellow swirls seen in Fender’s earliest tort. The hardware has gleaming chrome plating, and the 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 that shows an isolated spot of wear through the plating at the "elbow." The bridge saddles show uniform patina, and the bridge cover is a modern chrome replacement.
The Fiesta Red nitro lacquer gloss finish is 100% original with no touch-up or overspray, and the Dakota Red undercoat is peeking through most prominently where the forearm crosses the top. There is faint vertical lacquer checking on the face of the guitar, and similarly light checking extending both vertically and horizontally on the back. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few isolated spots of finish loss on the body perimeter, light buckle wear at the edge of the belly contour, and various small dings and finish scuffs consistent with decades of careful use. The original nitro lacquer gloss is worn to the smooth, bare maple through contact with the palm on the majority of the neck profile.
A circa 1962 brown tolex Fender hardshell case with orange plush interior is included. The case features all three functional latches, the original leather handle, and clean brown leather ends.