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1963 Fender Jazzmaster Vintage Offset Guitar Pre-CBS Candy Apple Red w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1963 Fender Jazzmaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A well-kept Pre-CBS example retaining its original custom color Candy Apple Red finish with silver undercoat, this Jazzmaster is 100% original save for a new bone nut. A Mastery M1 bridge is also currently installed, with the original bridge present in the case.

Weighing 8lbs 8oz, this Jazzmaster is powerful, resonant, and extremely versatile, aligning with expectations for a guitar produced in Fender's golden age. The authoritative acoustic tone of the guitar translates faithfully through the original pair of black bobbin pickups. The instrument has a particularly woody sound, with a bouncy sparkle and spank in the bridge position and a broad, textured neck pickup tone with significant breadth. The Rhythm Circuit on the lower body horn has a sound that's thick and sweet with a dry cut that retains clarity, well suited to a heavily overdriven tube amp or a vintage fuzz pedal. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Jazzmaster with 11-49 roundwound strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut, bordering on the slender side of things, with a gentle increase in additional shoulder and chunk up the fingerboard, The profile measures .835" deep at the 1st fret and .995" at the 12th. The dark Brazilian rosewood fretboard has a 7 1/4” radius, with clay dot inlay and the original slender frets which have good meat and crown, showing only very light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-6. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The new bone nut measures 1 5/8” in width (original nut is also included). On the Candy Apple Red-finished headstock, the spaghetti Jazzmaster waterslide decal is fully intact, and the single line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines function smoothly with clean plating. On the heel of the neck, the 4NOV63B stamp is very bold, translating to "4" (Jazzmaster model number), November, 1963. The factory "paint stick" markings are present in the neck pocket, indicative of an original finish, along with a factory gray fiber neck shim.

All of the electronics function as intended, the solder joints are untouched, and both pickups retain their original windings, metering at 8.15k ohms in the bridge position and 8.65k ohms at the neck. The original wide bevel mint green nitrate tortoise pickguard has a glossy sheen, sitting quite flat with sparingly little shrinkage. The pickup covers and knobs show very little yellowing and some greening of the text. The hardware has bright chrome plating, and the original vibrato tailpiece is an elegant design, responding to a light touch for quick semitone flutters, surfy dives and deeper bends. The bridge has been upgraded to a modern Mastery M1 for optimal stability, tonal transfer, and vibrato functionality (original bridge is also included).

The nitro lacquer Candy Apple Red finish is 100% original with no touch-up or overspray, exhibiting prominent vertical lacquer checking and wear through to the silver base coat where the forearm crosses the top and on the belly carve. There is some finish loss on the inside edges of the cutaways and on the lower bout perimeter, and wear is otherwise limited to some minor finish chips, scuffs and nicks consistent with light use. The gloss nitro lacquer finish on the profile is extremely smooth with no palm wear.

The original brown tolex hardshell case is included, complete with functional latches and handle.