Up for sale, a 1964 Fender Jazzmaster in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A well-kept Pre-CBS example produced early in '64, this Jazzmaster retains the full slate of features most associated with the 1963 model year, namely a particularly substantial neck profile carve, black bobbin pickups, and a blonde tolex hardshell case. Lightweight and lively at only 7lbs 9oz, this Jazzmaster will delight the most discerning collectors and seasoned professionals.
Powerful, resonant, and extremely versatile, this Jazzmaster is everything you'd expect from a guitar produced in Fender's golden age. Acoustically, the guitar has a very authoritative sound that translates well through the two original black bobbin pickups. This Jazzmaster has a particularly woody sound with a bouncy sparkle and spank in the bridge position and a broad, textured neck position 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 sputtery fuzz pedal in need of a bit of thickening. 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 one-piece maple neck has one of the most substantial profile carves seen on a Jazzmaster in a brief window from 1963-64, this neck has ample shoulder in every register and quickly gains heft and chunk as you travel up the fretboard, with faintly rolled fretboard edges for added comfort. The profile measures .830" deep at the 1st fret, .900" at the 5th, and a hearty .980" at the 12th. The extremely dark 7 1/4" radius Brazilian rosewood fretboard sports clay dot inlay and original slender fretwire which retains its full factory height, showing light uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, extending more faintly beneath the plain strings until fret 5. The guitar plays easily up the 25 1/2" scale and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures a full 1.655" wide. On the headstock, the original "Spaghetti" Jazzmaster waterslide decal is practically perfect, and both the headstock and neck profile show sparingly little ambering of the original clear nitro lacquer gloss. The original single line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines are intact and still function as intended. On the heel of the neck, the original 4SEP63B stamp is very bold, translating to "4" (Jazzmaster model number), September, 1963, and the "paint stick" markings in the neck pocket are saturated and crisp as well, along with an original Fender factory shim.
All of the electronics function as intended, and the pots have just been given a thorough cleaning, turning smoothly and without static. All of the original wiring is intact and untouched, with stock brass shielding tubs and Stackpole pots which date to the 8th week of '64. The two original black bobbin pickups have their original windings, metering at 8.18k ohms in the neck position and 8.4k at the bridge. Interestingly enough, both pickups are dated from the same day with two different dating techniques, with the bridge pickup 4-17-64 date lightly scratched into the bobbin as was common practice for some earlier Jazzmaster pickups, and a small yellow ink stamp from the same day on the neck pickup, which was a convention seen more commonly in 1964.
The original deep red tortoise nitrate tortoise pickguard shows sparingly little shrinkage and is positively glossy, with only a small amount of upward warping between the pickups and on the bass-side edge beyond the bridge. The pickup covers and knobs are bright white too, showing virtually no yellowing and a stunning contrast to the guard. All of the hardware has remarkably clean chrome plating, right down to the original included bridge cover. The original vibrato tailpiece works very smoothly with the stock arm, and this elegant design responds instantly to the lightest touch for quick semitone flutters, surfy dives and deeper bends, returning with ease to the original pitch. The neck plate has its original "L" prefix serial number (with some extra number 8s etched onto the plate as well).
The nitro lacquer three-tone Sunburst finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and the central ring of red is bold and broad, with zero finish fade when comparing the exposed finish and that which has been protected from UV light beneath the pickguard for over half a century. Cosmetic wear is limited to some scattered small finish chips down to the primer coat on the body parameter and across the back, with buckle rash concentrated central to the back and below the belly contour. The neck profile gloss is exceedingly smooth and unaged, free of palm wear.
The original smooth blonde tolex hardshell case with black leather ends is included. The case is incredibly clean, with wear limited to some writing and one small split on the left-hand edge.